Ayurveda & Yoga

The Yoga Yin and Yang of Holistic Health

Are you new to Ayurveda? Looking for an introduction or wanting to learn the foundational principles of this ancient science for your own health and wellbeing? A consultation with an Ayurvedic Practitioner is a must.

 

Ayurveda provides a detailed foundation on which to pursue deeper knowledge and understanding of how we are in alignment with nature. This ancient system applies knowledge of health and disease of balanced and unbalanced states of living, and how to restore balance physically, mentally and spiritually.

 

You can immediately begin applying Ayurvedic concepts and- elements of an Ayurvedic lifestyle into your existing routine. The key is to move slowly, because replacing new habits with old habits takes time and practice. To understand something completely, to really know it and gain the benefits Ayurveda has to offer, you have to experience it.

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Unique Features of Ayurveda

  • Treats the root cause of disease

  • Medicines are free from toxicity and less expensive with lots of medicines for a single disease

  • The same treatments can be administered for the unhealthy as well as the healthy

  • Psychosomatic concept of diseases (Body Mind Complex)

  • Emphasis on preventive medicine

  • Ayurveda is near to nature and composed of the 5 elements of nature

  • Yoga is an integral part of Ayurveda

  • Ayurveda works with other systems of medicine

  • Simple methods of diagnosis of the client and the disease

  • Panchakarma therapy- Purification therapies for detoxification

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Ayurveda Yoga Lifestyle

HOLISTIC HEALTH FOR BODY MIND
AND SPIRIT

Ayur = Life
Veda = Knowledge

Ayurveda is a traditional system of medicine in India, integrating body, mind and spirit

It uses a comprehensive holistic approach with a focus on diet, herbal remedies, exercise, meditation, breathing, and physical therapy.

The authentic Ayurvedic texts resources are the Charaka SamhitaSushruta Samhita and Ashtanga Hridayam. Buy the book here.

 

Knowledge is derived by the ancient texts and is validated in Ayurveda by observation, inquiry, and direct examination of the physical, psychic, and spiritual spheres. These texts describe and analyze the human body in terms of earth, water, fire, air, and ether, as well as the three energy channels.

  1. Vata (air)

  2. Pitta (fire)

  3. Kapha (water)

 

To prevent illness, Ayurvedic medicine emphasizes hygiene, exercise, herbal preparations, yoga and proper nutrition for your body type.

 

To cure ailments, it relies on herbal medicines, medicinal oil therapies panchakarma and diet.

 

Knowledge is power. The Ayurveda Practitioner educates and teaches each person how to create balance and harmony within the body-mind complex. Everyone has a unique individual blueprint just like your fingerprint. Your constitution consists of specific patterns of energy and distinctive physical, mental and emotional characteristics.

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How does Ayurveda work to maintain balance in the body-mind complex?

You have to understand how the components of Vata, Pitta and Kapha govern the functions of the body. A Constitutional model is used for each individual regarding food and lifestyle habits. Each person is born with a specific constitution and the doshas form important characteristics that have a specific impact on bodily functions.

Vata

  1. Governs mainly all the nervous functions and breathing

  2. Initiation of speech, voice, complexion of skin, memory and intelligence.

  3. Originator of all voluntary and involuntary movements of the body

  4. Aids in the digestion and assimilation of food.

  5. All eliminations

 

Pitta

  1. Digestion, Metabolism, governs mainly enzymes and hormones

  2. Imparts red color associated with blood (Raktha) Circulation

  3. Attends to Mental Functions such as knowledge, intelligence and memory. Nourishes and maintains sharpness of the mind

  4. Controls Vision helps to recognize

  5. Gives the color and shine to skin, controls temperature sweat and absorption

 

Kapha

  1. Rules over all the mucous surfaces of the body

  2. Supports the body and gives strength

  3. Perception of taste .Moistens the food and helps in digestion

  4. Nourishment to all the sense organs

  5. Provides lubrication to all the joints and protects the joints

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Herbal Medicines and Medicinal oil Therapies

Abhyanga is an ayurveda treatment for the preservation of health. It is a process where the body or individual parts such as the head or face, are anointed with oil. The oil is made luke-warm and applied to penetrate deep into the tissues of the body providing rejuvenation while releasing toxins that block the channels of the tissues.

Oil Massage is a form of Ayurvedic medicine that involves applying oil to the body with dosha-specific warm medicinal herb-infused oils. The oil is usually pre-mixed with herbs for specific conditions.

 

Mukha = Face

Mukha Abhyanga is the application of herbal medicated oil on the face. The face is very sensitive and requires special care. Many nerve endings are located on the face. We have 43 muscles on the face and 21 facial expressions.

 

Some of the benefits are as follows:

  • Relaxation and rejuvenation of the facial tissues

  • Prevents sagging of the skin

  • Loosens and removes toxins

  • Stimulates nerve endings and improves circulation

  • Nourishes and improves skin complexion

  • Reduces stress

  • Improves sleep

  • Slows down the signs of aging

Shiroabhyanga is the application of herbal medicated oil on the head, neck and shoulders. This is important due to stress and tension. The brain is 10% of your body weight, but processes 40% of your energy. The head and neck have 37 marma points where energy flows and governs physical and mental functions of the body. There are 4 senses in the head, and the 5th is the skin. The five senses are sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch. The brain processes through the sense organs. When the brain works hard or on overtime it produces too much heat and can create damage to the tissues. One sign of this is early graying.

 

Here are some benefits:

  • Relaxes the head

  • Drains any accumulated toxins

  • Improves blood circulation and functioning of the sense organs

  • Promotes thick and shiny hair

  • Cures dandruff and dry scalp

  • Prevents premature graying

  • Reduces sinusitis and migraine headache