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A little history …
Ayurveda, a natural system of medicine, originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. The term Ayurveda is derived from the Sanskrit words Ayur (lifer or longevity ) and Veda (knowledge, wisdom or spiritual science ). Thus, Ayurveda translates to knowledge of life and profound wisdom about how to live to achieve health and longevity through a union of physical emotional and spiritual balance in order to achieve enlightenment.
Based on the idea that disease is due to an imbalance or stress in a person’s consciousness, Ayurveda encourages certain lifestyle interventions and natural therapies to regain a balance between the body, mind, spirit, and the environment.
Ayurveda treatment starts with an internal purification process, followed by a special diet, herbal remedies, massage therapy, yoga, and meditation.
The concepts of universal inter-connectedness, the body’s constitution (prakriti), and life forces (doshas) are the primary basis of ayurvedic medicine. Goals of treatment aid the person by eliminating impurities, reducing symptoms, increasing resistance to disease, reducing worry, and increasing harmony in life. Herbs and other plants, including oils and common spices, are used extensively in Ayurvedic treatment.
Pitta energy is linked to fire, and is thought to control the digestive and endocrine systems. People with pitta energy are considered fiery in temperament, intelligent and fast-paced. When pitta energy is out of balance, ulcers, inflammation, digestive problems, anger, heartburn and arthritis can result.
Vata energy is associated with air and space, and is linked to bodily movement, including breathing and blood circulation. Vata energy is said to predominate in people who are lively, creative, original thinkers. When out-of-balance, vata types can endure joint pain, constipation, dry skin, anxiety and other ailments.
Kapha energy, linked to earth and water, is believed to control growth and strength, and is associated with the chest, torso and back. Kapha types are considered strong and solid in constitution, and generally calm in nature. But obesity, diabetes, sinus problems, insecurity and gallbladder issues can result when kapha energy is out of balance, according to Ayurvedic practitioners.
The connection between Ayurveda and Yoga
Yoga and Ayurveda are two ‘sister’ practices and are important part of Vedic science from thousands of years ago. Its been understood that good health is great asset on path towards self realization .It the body is neglected, it can easily become an obstacle to spiritual practice . Both yoga and Ayurveda are mutually supportive and offer many ways to prevent & heal various disorders as well as to cleans and rejuvenate the body.When you blend the principles of Ayurveda with Yoga you greatly enhance the healing power of Ayurveda.Complete union of Yoga and Ayurveda only is the complete treatment.
1 Both recognized that keeping the body healthy is vital for fulfilling the four aims of lie Dharma (Duty) Artha ( wealth) Kama (desire) & Moksha (Liberation).
2 Both recognize that the balance of doshas (humors), dhatus (tissues) and malas (Waste products ) is essential for maintaining good health.
3 Both share virtually the same metaphysical anatomy & physiology which consists of 72000 nadis (subtle channel) , 7 main chakras ( energy centres) , 5 bodily sheaths and the kundalini shakti (energy).
4 Both advocate use of diet, Ayurvedic herbs, asana, pranayam, meditation mantra, astrology prayer, puja (worship) & rituals for heaving the entire being.
5 Both encourage physical health as a good foundation for mental emotional & spiritual well being.
6 Both share the same view on psychology. Ayurveda embraces all six of the main schools of philosophy including yoga sutras of patanjali and Vedanta. They both understand that the attachment to the body mind complex is the root cause of all suffering and that the ultimate static of health is experienced when we abide in our true nature which is total peace, regardless of the state of the physical body
7 Both use cleaning methods for the body all of which encourage the removal of waste products and toxins through their natural routes of elimination. Ayurveda has panchakarma (five cleansing actions )and Yoga uses shat karma (Six purification measures).