Mar
11

A complete sense of well being through Yoga and Ayurveda



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Ayurveda and Yoga are related as Ayurveda is the science while Yoga is the practice of that science. Yoga came as a relief to the Western world as it brought concepts like meditation and bliss. Yoga was the most popular export of India in the 1950’s – 70’s. Accepted and practiced by celebrities, led to its greater coverage in the media leading to more public awareness. Ayurveda, by contrast was neglected as modern medicine was seen as a solution to all medical problems plaguing humans. With the limitations of modern medicines being felt and the emphasis being on disease prevention, the world is now turning to Ayurveda.

Yoga and Ayurveda both are two integral parts of the same tree of the Vedic Knowledge, which envelops the lives of the human beings and the whole of the universe. To be precise Ayurveda is described in the Atharva and Rig Vedas while Yoga is from the Yajur Veda. Sattva, rajas and tamas are the trigunas on which both Ayurveda and Yoga are based on. The five basic elements or the pancha mahabhutas – air, water, earth, fire and space are again common to both. Both work towards making the body strong and healthy. The beauty of both lies in the fact that every individual on this planet can practice it on a daily basis within the confines of the their home.

Yoga that is practiced today consists of Asanas and Pranayama. The former is a physical exercise and is meant to keep the body in good shape. The latter, which is the fourth of the eight limbs of Ashtanga yoga, brings Prana (vital energy). Asanas are only helpful when the body is well nourished. Ayurveda looks into the nourishments and requirements of the body. Pranayama affects the tridoshas and can be used to maintain or attain the balance between the doshas.

The goal of Kaivalya – the state of permanent peace is elusive and attained by the rigorous pursuit of yoga and is not meant for the ordinary individual. Yoga is another type of physical workout of the body. Breathing exercises and meditation coupled with the physical workout reduces stress and alleviates health problems and therein lies the difference between yoga and other physical exercises.

Ayurveda is a balm that soothes life. A healthy mind resides in a healthy body and a healthy body is the perfect balance of the tridoshas. Ayurveda is not a system of medicine which is called upon to treat a disease. The principles of Ayurveda are based on making the body strong enough to withstand diseases and thus enable an individual to have a healthy long life. Ayurveda stresses on the balance among vatta, pitta and kapha – the tridoshas. An imbalance is caused by some external influence and results in illness and needs to be set right to attain good health.

The industrial revolution saw the advent of machines, which diminished physical activity of humans. The sedentary lifestyle of today coupled with modern food habits (aptly termed as junk food) is responsible for most of the health problems – obesity, stress, hypertension etc. Modern medicine for all its benefits has limitations and can at best control these problems. The practice of yoga and Ayurveda together can ensure that all these problems are never allowed to affect the body. “Prevention is better than cure” is an old cliché and never has this been better employed than in this age.

Learn yoga and practice Ayurveda. Feel the benefits of both these ancient sciences on your body. The key to living a life is not existing, it is in attaining bliss in the mind, body and spirit.

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