Ayurveda and Yoga

Yoga has become an essential part of global lifestyle where as Ayurveda has already proved its presence in global platforms. Even though many of us are aware that both of the practices come from India, only a few understands their relation. What is Ayurveda? Ayurveda is the traditional medicine of India. All types of healing that prevailed in ancient India (that includes present day Pakistan and Bangladesh) by the beginning of Christian era developed into a well established system of health care known as Ayurveda. The aim of Ayurveda is to ensure (and get back to) health and prevent diseases. What is Yoga? Yoga is a group of physical, mental and spiritual practices that prevailed in ancient India. Yoga includes stretches, postures, breathing exercises and meditation. Yoga aims at tuning of mind and body together so that you can attain incarnation. What do Yoga and Ayurveda have in common? As … Continue reading “Ayurveda and Yoga”

Menopause is not a pause at all !!!

Menopause is the natural process of the end of monthly menstruation. Usually this change is associated with a set of miserable symptoms lasting from six months to more than five years. As you approach menopause, the production of female hormones; estrogens and progesterone by ovaries vary bringing about changes in the menstruation. Your cycles may get longer, shorter or irregular with lighter, heavier or unpredictable bleeding, gradually leading to complete cessation of bleeding. You are clinically said to have menopause, if you had no bleeding in last 12 months (if you are after the age of 50). Before 50, to confirm menopause you need to have absence of menstruation for last 24 months. Assessing your hormones via blood tests usually helps to have an early understanding. Menstruation marks the end of reproductive years. Usually women reach menopause between the ages of 45 to 55, age of 51 being the most … Continue reading “Menopause is not a pause at all !!!”

Improve your Digestive Energy ‘AGNI’

Ayurveda, India’s traditional system of health and healing has a unique understanding of body. One of the important aspects of Ayurvedic approach to health care is maintaining digestive energy, agni. Digestion is the process of breaking down food into smaller particles/nutrients followed by absorption and assimilation of those nutrients. Digestion is important because… The health and vitality of all tissues depend upon the nutrients they receive; and there for digestion. That’s how digestion actually determines the quality of your life. Digestion is not complete without proper absorption of nutrients by body. However carefully we select and eat healthy food, dietary supplements, multivitamins and/ or other nutrients our body will not be benefitted from them until they are absorbed. We can see that people with healthy diet having anaemia or other deficiency diseases. There for it is quite important to take proper care of our digestive and absorptive power. In Ayurveda … Continue reading “Improve your Digestive Energy ‘AGNI’”

5 Forgotten LIFESTYLE tips

As we advance to modern health care, we are forgetting certain healthy choices we used to practice. Here I would like to discuss some of the healthy lifestyles we used to do for centuries and lost when we advanced to modern life. Most of the time when we think about healthy lifestyle, we think only about diet and exercise (may be sleep as well sometimes). But there are many other things we can easily do once we establish. Health is not the absence of diseases but physical and mental well being (loss of wellness is actually the first step of pathology). The following tips are of great help once we are aware of them. 1. Your job is only ‘a part’ of your life: All of us are ambitious and like to be successful in our life. Even though we know that job is not everything, we are investing a … Continue reading “5 Forgotten LIFESTYLE tips”

EATING IN AYURVEDA-10 facts you should know

Ayurveda the holistic medical system of India; deals with all embodied lives; humans, animals and plants. Even though Ayurveda is referred as a medical system, therapies form only a tip of Ayurveda. Ayurveda narrates vividly on health and measures to maintain health and longevity. Of course, one of the important steps to maintain health is careful eating. So let us discuss about eating here. Eating is one of the pleasures we begin to enjoy immediately after birth. Even if you are not a fan of food, you may have enjoyed and relaxed by food many times in your life. Because eating involves pleasures from all the senses- enjoying the appearance of food, its salivating aroma, and different crunchy and yummy sounds and of course taste. Taste is the second most widely situated special sensory perception. Taste buds are distributed from tip of the tongue to throat. So we are very … Continue reading “EATING IN AYURVEDA-10 facts you should know”

5 common food myths

Ayurveda the ancient system of holistic care advises how to take care of ourselves on a daily basis. From my experience I realise that many lifestyle or diet choices people make believing that they are healthy, are actually harming them. Here I would like to explain 5 common food myths. 1. You have to eat at regular times Not really. We have to eat only when we are hungry. Even though all of us know this fact, lately there is a tendency- supported by many articles and advices- to eat 3 meals or 5 small meals at regular times even when you are not hungry. It is true that if our body is healthy and have a good digestion, most of the time we feel hungry at regular intervals. But it can surely vary according to our last meal, the way we spent the day and/ or stress. Basically, appetite … Continue reading “5 common food myths”

Balancing our doshas

Ayurveda, the holistic medical system understands living body in its own unique way. The subtle functional factors in our body are collectively called as doshas (humors). They are air factors (vata), fire factors (pitta) and water factors (kapha). Vata involves functional factors responsible for control (e.g. nervous messaging) and movements. Pitta involves all functional factors responsible for heat, acidity and transformations in the system (enzymes, hormones, etc) and kapha involves all factors responsible for stability and support (extracellular fluids, synovial fluids, etc). Even though doshas share some common attributes, they are quite different to each other. So there should be a harmony between them to ensure smooth functioning of the body. That means when doshas are balanced, they ensure health and when they are imbalanced cause diseases. Even though they are independent factors, they work together and carry out very complex activities which are sometimes opposite to one another. So … Continue reading “Balancing our doshas”

Ayurvedic lifestyle for summer

This article is part of Ayurvedic Seasonal Routines series preceded by Ayurvedic routines for winter. This is summer in northern hemisphere; follow these regimes to improve your health during this vulnerable season. Summer is the season when our innate strength and immunity is at minimum, so healthy life style is important during this season to prevent illnesses and infections. State of body During summer vata accumulates in body and pitta comes to surface. So digestion gets weak and skin susceptible to inflammation. Ayurvedic Lifestyle for Summer Begin your day by brushing your teeth with powders of cooling herbs like mint and neem. Alternatively you can select tooth pastes of these herbs or you can use these powders to massage your gums. Light massage with coconut oil is good. Do minimal exercises. Walking with bare foot on a cool dewy lawn is very cooling. Eye exercises are also important during this … Continue reading “Ayurvedic lifestyle for summer”

Ayurvedic routine for winter

As promised earlier in my previous blog about Ayurvedic seasonal routines,I’ve thus begun writing an article series of ayurvedic routines for each season. As this is winter in southern hemisphere, let me start with ayurvedic routine for winter itself. I hope you would enjoy this article series and it will help you maintain good health. Following regimes will help to balance your doshas and improve health during winter. State of body in winter During winter, internal metabolism is increased. All doshas are in balance in early winter, so increase your inner strength at your best. During winter healthy people will be healthier and digestive power is increased. Later on kapha starts to accumulate in body. Ayurvedic winter regimes Wake up with sun. Sleeping beyond sunrise can easily cause respiratory and/or sinus diseases. Brush your teeth with cinnamon and/or clove powder, which can protect your teeth and stimulate you. Gargle and … Continue reading “Ayurvedic routine for winter”

Ayurvedic Seasonal Routine for Wellness Care

Ayurveda, traditional holistic system of healing and wellness, gives prime importance to maintaining health and promoting wellness. Seasonal regimes are another important part of swastavritta, ayurvedic advices to maintain health. As we know nature changes from season to season. The changes in Mother Nature bring changes in the level of doshas, the three basic functional particles of our body. Furthermore, along with the climate change, there are changes in our surroundings and environment and even in animals, plants, and the food and medicines that we use. Seasonal routines are important As everything around us changes according to the seasons, it is absolutely essential to make some changes in our daily routines according to the seasons. Even though the doshas in our body get disturbed in various seasons, it is healed by the next season. Only thing we have to do is not disturb the system. By seasonal regimes, Ayurveda advises … Continue reading “Ayurvedic Seasonal Routine for Wellness Care”