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Ayurveda & Yoga

Ayurveda & Yoga

Ayurveda & Yoga

Ayurveda is the holistic system of healthcare that developed in India over five thousand years ago. Depicted in the Vedas as a gift of the God, it was codified by the Sage Physician Charaka and the Sage Surgeon Shushruta. This ancient science is all about health, and takes into account the patient's entire personality - Body, Mind and Spirit. Making solid changes in food and life style healthy people can stay healthy and folks with health challenges can improve their health.


In Sanskrit words Ayu which means Life and Veda which means Knowledge. Ayurveda says that 'Ayu' is comprised of Mind, Body, Senses and the Soul. In Ayurveda we view a person as a unique individual made up of five primary element (Pancha Bhoodha) which are Ether(Space), Air, Fire, Water and Earth. Just as in nature, we too have these five elements in us. When any of these elements are present in the environment, they will in turn have an influence on us. The foods we eat and the weather are just two examples of the presence of these elements. While we are a composite of these five primary elements, certain elements are seen to have an ability to combine to create various physiological functions. Ether and Air combine to form what is known as in Ayurveda as the 'Vatadhosha'. Vata governs the principle of movement and therefore can be seen as the force which directs nerve impulses, circulation, respiration and elimination. Fire and water are the elements that combine to form the 'Pithadhosha'. The pithadhosha is the process of transformation or metabolism. The transformation of foods into nutrients that our body can assimilate is an example of Pitha function. Pitha is also responsible for metabolism in the organ and tissue system as well as cellular metabolism. Finally, it is predominantly the water and the earth elements which combine to form the "Kaphadosha ". Kapha is what is responsible for growth, adding structure unit by unit. Another function of the Kaphadosha is to offer protection. Cerebral - Spinal fluid protects the brain and spinal column and is a type of Kapha found in the body. Also, the mucousal living in the stomach is another example of the Kaphadhosha protecting the tissues. We are all made up of unique proportion of Vata, Pitha and Kapha. These ratio of the Dhoshas varies in each individual; and because of these, Ayurveda sees each person as a special

When any of the Dhoshas become accumulated, Ayurveda will suggest specific life style and nutritional guidelines to assist the individual in reducing the Dhosha that has become excessive. We may also suggest certain herbal supplements to hasten the healing process. If toxins in the body are abundant, then a cleaning process known as 'Panchakarma' is recommended to eliminate these unwanted toxins.

Panchakarma

Five fold toxin eliminating therapy(Sodana chikitsa), consists of

  • Vamana - Emesis
  • Verechana - Purgation
  • Nasya - Nasal insufflating
  • Niruha - Kashaya Vasti(Decoction enema)
  • Anuvasana - taila vasti(oil enema)
  • Apart from these, Rakthamoksha or blood letting is also included by considering Vasti as one.

Yoga

The mind controls the body and it can be ones best friend and worst enemy. Yoga and meditation strengthens the mind and helps you to tap its inner potential. With proper yogic postures several diseases are cured in this center.

Yoga an integral part of 'Sanathana Dharma' and Philosophy of India was present cryptically in the stanzas of Vedas. Its basic Philosophy is that Almighty God is the treasure trove of all riches and desires. All creatures have nothing, but desires. Craving and striving for the absent objects is a natural instinct of every living being. So every effort is made to acquire the things desire. Hence, a desire naturally arises in the heart of human beings to reach God, to see him and to mingle with him in order to achieve Supreme Joy. The same desire is known with different names like Worship, Devotion or Yoga. Stay of every creature is very brief on Earth. Eternity of life is assured in the unification with God. Yoga is such unification. Mantra Yoga, Hata Yoga, Haya Yoga and Raja yoga are the four parts of Yoga. Of them Raja Yoga is most refined. Continues effort of our great and learned Sages have refined the ways to practice Yoga. Sage Pathanjaly was one of them. According to the Sage Pathanjaly, 'the successful control of unstable mind is Yoga'. Mind has five stages- Chhipta, Moorh, Vikshiptha, Ekaagra and Nirudda . Last two stages of these five distinguish Yoga. Yoga helps common as well as learned people to unify with the Supreme Soul. In fact Yoga helps to attain a healthy body, a sound mind and a delighted Spirit.

Contemplation, Meditation and Reconciliation are the last three parts of Yoga. Contemplation involves concentration of conscience around navel tip of the nose or heart. With the perfection of contemplation one's conscience immediately attains a state of meditation. The process that begins with contemplation culminates in reconciliation. According to Pathanjaly, 'Yoga complete restraining of all the tendencies and unifying the mind and Soul with That Supreme Soul is ultimate state of Yoga. This condition marks the true state of reconciliation.

Regular practice of yoga and Pranayama will play a major role in the prevention of heart attack and in the rehabilitation of those who have suffered the attack once, according to noted Cardiologist. Yoga can arrest brain degeneration. One of the most important cause for the degeneration of the brain is the aging person's reluctance to taken a new challenges to keep the brain function active and at optimum level according to neurosurgeon Dr. B. Ramamurthy. He said that just as any organ needed exercise to remain strong, the brain also needed to be given new challenges a new interest to prevent its degeneration. Yoga therapy has been found very effective in the treatment of mental retardation.

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