Ayurveda: The Eco-Spiritual Healthcare for Yogis
Each one of us is unique; no two people are alike.
Psychological, emotional and physical needs vary widely from person to person.
Ayurvedic Medicine is an ancient wisdom of health and wellbeing. Its philosophy lies in the ancient scriptures of Vedas that commonly binds the practices of Yoga and Ayurveda.
“The Foundation of Ayurveda is Yoga. The Fruit of Yoga is Ayurveda.”
Yoga cultivates the physical-mental-spiritual link, which is a reinforcing practice that serves to encourage non violence and oneness—the foundation of clear consciousness and balanced health—our essential nature and higher goal.
Ayurveda is a complete and universal science of life. Within this vast body of knowledge is the medical/health science that we simply refer to as “Ayurvedic Medicine”. It is a unified science—where spirit meets senses and mind meets matter.
The Basics of Ayurvedic Medicine
Ayurvedic Medicine’s main emphasis is to know your Self and your environment well, and to choose your diet and lifestyle in accordance to the law of nature that governs you and your surroundings.
The Law of Nature follows a rhythmic cycle of…
Day & night
Change of seasons
Flow of time-space
Alignment of the planets
The Main Idea is Balance
Health (Swasthya) is defined as…
Well-balanced metabolism and happy state of the being, mind & sense organs.
Well-balanced metabolism signs are…
Strong to moderate appetite
Regular bowel movements
Undisturbed 6-8 hours of sleep
To achieve health and enhance your Yoga practice, Ayurvedic Medicine recommends…
Relaxing of the mind
Maintaining internal & external hygiene
A lifestyle that nurtures the five senses
Ayurvedic Medicine emphasizes healthy habits that help reduce toxicity due to undigested food and support internal hygiene:
Eating in relaxed environment.
Chewing your food well.
Eating ¾ of your stomach’s volume.
Exercise or shower at least an hour after eating meals.
At least a 2-hour gap between meals.
Drinking minimum water with meals.
Eating seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Keeping daily consistent meal times.
For healthy wholesome meals, Ayurvedic medicine recommends blending the six flavors of nature; sweet, salty, sour, bitter, hot, and astringent in food preparations. Each flavor has an essential role in restoring a healthy state of mind, body, and spirit. However, it has to be consumed in moderation; excess or insufficient is unhealthy.
The 6 Flavors of Nature
Sweet – Promotes growth of all healthy tissues
Sour – Stimulates enzymatic flow
Salty – Works as sedative
Hot – Promotes secretions such as tears, sweat, and saliva and kills parasites
Bitter – Antibacterial and cleansing
Astringent – Promotes closing of wounds and sores, aids in joint repairs
With stress so much a part of modern life, calming your senses will help you stay in touch with your inner self, incorporated with your daily practice of…
Self oil massage
Gargling with salt water
Washing your eyes with plain water and
Use of essential oils on your temples
Teach yourself daily stress-relief habits such as breathing exercises, stretching, chanting, walking and sharing. More importantly, manage your own time and stress levels well; you are a powerful role model for your family & friends.
Prepared by Ismat Nathani, Doctorate of Natural Medicine, Ayurvedic Practitioner
Note – Information on this page is provided for the sole purpose of imparting education of Ayurveda and is not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you have a medical condition, please consult a health professional.