Traditional systems of healing give importance to special basic values, such as disease prevention, health preservation and the pursuit of longevity of life.
“All forms of life are in the pursuit of happiness.”
In today’s age, people live their lives only to earn money and success to live a responsible family life. Yet they left their physical exercise, eating routine, sleep cycle, etc., contributing to lifestyle and chronic diseases.
Being a holistic wellness science, Ayurveda stresses the value of a proper lifestyle to prevent diseases is explained in the way of the Daily Regimens (Dinacharya), Seasonal Regimens (Ritucharya), Code of Conduct (Sadvritta) and Behavioral Medicine (Achara-Rasayana). These basic laws, particularly the Daily Regime, if properly practiced, tend to preserve good health.Considering the values of Dinacharya, Ritucharya, Sadvritta, Achara-Rasayana, Acharaya Krishnavarma our visionary founder designed 10 principles for a balanced and healthy life.
Breath is the essence of our energy creation, and it allows us to experience our true self. Prana (universal energy) is the essential aspect of every life of a living being. To lead a healthy life one must regulate his/her breath pattern and that can be achieved by Pranayama. Pranayama is a common technique performed in ancient Indian civilizations. Its goal is to create balance between body, mind, and spiritual well being thereby aids sequential movement from massive to subtle, from Annamaya kosha to Pranamaya kosha.Through regular practice of pranayama, it clears the energy pathways (Nadi) in the body and also strengthens the body’s circulatory function, stimulates the respiratory system, and aids in pathological disorders such as asthma and rhinitis.
Food is considered as “Maha bhaishajya” (superior medicine) in Ayurveda and believes healthy nutrition nourishes the Body, Mind, and Soul. The food we consume is made up of Panchamahabhuta (Five elements of the earth) so does a living thing. The ingested food is segregated into the nutrient’s essence for the importance of life energy supplements, and eliminating toxins. The food that we eat can be classified into three kinds – Satvik, Rajasik, and Tamasic. Each type influences our physical and mental well-being.
A Sattvic diet makes the mind live in the present and implies light, sound food. It doesn’t go to excessive taste limits – either excessively sweet, spicy, or zesty. Sattvic food purifies the body and calms the mind which is rich in prana (life power) and invigorates the body and mind.
As far as Rajasik is concerned, it makes the mind live in the future and it comprises Non-Vegetarian diet rich in spice. When taken in excess, such foods can cause hyperactivity, restlessness, anger, irritability, and sleeplessness.
Tamasic diet makes the mind to live in the past and dulls the mind, creating confusion and disorientation. Stale or reheated food, too oily or heavy items on the stomach, and artificial foods come under this category.
Water is the most important aspect of human life next to air. Ayurveda finds Water to be the elixir of life(Mahausadi) It has explained in detail the concepts of water use for the conservation of hygiene, disease prevention, and disease alleviation. Organs in the body require water to hydrate the cells and tissues that make up the organs. Consumed Water is used in various body functions such as breathing, sweating, digestion of minerals and nutrients. The amount of Water consumed sufficiently helps to flush out the toxins through the excretion process. The rehydration of the body is very important for the proper functioning of the whole body.
Sareera Suddhi means “cleansing of the body.” To lead a quality life, one must do purification both internally and externally as a part of the regime.
A year consists of six seasons: winter, spring, summer, monsoon, autumn. A particular Doshas will be aggravated according to seasonal changes.The aggravated doshas can be eliminated through panchakarma therapy (detoxification process) in order to prevent the progression of disease and finally, the individual can undergo rejuvenation therapies, restoring the harmony of life.Panchakarma therapies include vamana (emesis), virechana (purgation), nasya (administration of medicine through nasal route), rakta mokshana (bloodletting). This therapy depends on the person’s health status and the predominance of doshas.
Ayurveda is an ancient science that governs the preservation of a balanced mind and body. The disease occurs in both Psychological and Physiological aspects and they are interlinked. In Ayurveda,the therapy is about actions and behavioral changes to improve physical and mental health. It applies to the promotion of positive vitality and peaceful psychology through natural life, yoga and meditation.By considering the health of a person which they have struggled through daily life stress, emotional disturbance, physical and mental issues we provide counselling sessions with patients in order to alleviate the distress and resolve crisis through communication.
Hrdayam (Heart) is a seat for Atma. To Purify the soul and free from vices should be the highest priority of our lives. The only solution is to live a life free from limitations on inauspicious deeds are daily analysis of self-view, self-observation, and self-improvement. This can be achieved through consistent practice of meditation.
Meditation is a calming process that helps one to feel inner peace and deep relaxation.
It allows us to communicate with our inner self properly and explore the wisdom and tranquility in us.
Abyasa refers to Self-Discipline for attaining a balanced state of mind and sustaining a state of equilibrium within oneself. To do this, one must have consistent discipline and dedication to see progress through daily practice. The great Acharaya Patanjali proposes three essentials for Abhyasa: to practice for a longer time, practice without interruption, and remain committed to practice. The concept involves nurturing every part moving towards the positive-lifestyle; behavior, speech, and even thoughts are conditioned towards positivity. This teaching can be accompanied by spiritual activities such as yoga and meditation. To remain entirely centered at the moment, the mind consumed by what is, rather than what will or what might be, is a talent that requires preparation and commitment to learning. Abhyasa is not limited to yogic disciplines such as asana, pranayama, and dhyana but includes day-to-day activities. The more concentrated the yogi is in every step, the faster the mindfulness practice will be.
Swasthyam(Health and Happiness)
“sama dosha sama agnischa sama dhatu mala kriyaaha|
Prasanna atma indriya manaha swastha iti abhidheeyate” – Sushruta Samhita
The importance of happiness in Ayurveda is enormous since Ayurveda ultimately seeks to provide happiness to any person. Ayurveda expresses a perfect health when the Three Doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) Digestive fire (digestion, assimilation and metabolism) all body tissues and components (Dhatus) (the whole human body) all the excretory functions (the bodily functions of urination and defecation) are in perfect order with a pleasant body, mind and soul.
By going along with the above seven principles, a person may have a better quality of life free from disease.
Sat sang (Meeting Truth)
Traditionally, Satsang referred only to a meeting in the presence of genuinely enlightened people, or Gurus. In modern times, satsang has developed to mean any meeting in which spiritual thought, conversation, meditation, or teaching occur.
It can be defined as “associating with good people” or literally “being in the company of truth,” which refers to the act of bringing together like-minded and uplifting people. It helps to eliminate depressive emotions, material ties, and emotional barriers.
Yoga and Ayurveda are two closely related philosophical and sacred disciplines rooted in the Vedic heritage in India.The Ashtanga Yoga (eightfold Yoga Practice) mentioned in the Patanjali Yoga Sutra is a glimpse of Ayurveda in the form of Sadvrutta, Swasthavrutta, Achara Rasayana, Dinacharya, Dharaneeya Vega and so on.
The yamas are activities that are known to be external observances.Yamas define the requisite observances, such as Ahimsa (Nonviolence), Satya (Truthfulness), Asteya (non-stealing), Brahmacharya (abstinence from sexual desire), Aparigraha (no greediness).They are a way to adapt the behavioral codes of yoga to the way the yogi responds to the environment. They are known to be a helpful and highly important guide to helping yogis live an ethical life. Practicing yamas is said to give a chance to live in a manner that is better and more calm. They will develop relationships with others, build character, and allow the yogi to make progress on their spiritual journey. It is often claimed to minimize or even eliminate the accumulation of bad karma that can be accumulated as one lives without knowledge or integrity.
Niyamas are all practices that may be called internal observances. They are a means to adapt the ethical codes of yoga to the student’s own mind, body and soul, helping to create a healthy atmosphere internally. Practicing niyamas is said to give the yogi the inner strength, insight and discipline that he/she needs in order to make progress on his/her spiritual path.
The five niyamas are
Saucha: purification, and peace of mind, contact and physical body.
Santosha: contentment and appreciation of the world, of oneself and of situations precisely as they are.
Tapas: asceticism or extreme self-discipline and willpower, often in pain. Svadhyaha: self-study and self-reflection exercise. This may include the use of scriptures or religious texts as a medium for introspection.
Ishvara Pranidhan: submission to and contemplation to the Sacred or Ultimate Being.
Asana is historically described as a sitting posture used for meditation. It is now the most common component of yoga, and is known to be only one small part of the yoga practice as a whole. Asana practice is considered necessary as it helps to keep the body safe. Since the body is the vessel for the soul, the maintenance of the human body is essential to the creation of the spirit. Asana postures help improve endurance and strength while enhancing the body’s physiological processes, such as circulatory, immune, digestive and nervous systems. Regular asana practice will establish mindfulness, discipline and concentration, training the mind for pranayama and meditation. On a subtle level, asana can help relax the energetic body by opening the chakras and the nadis to facilitate the free flow of prana.
Pranayama is a common technique performed in ancient Indian civilizations. Its goal is to create balance between body, mind, and spiritual well being thereby aids sequential movement from massive to subtle, from Annamaya kosha to Pranamaya kosha.
Pratyahara relates to Withdrawal of the senses as a way of regulating the energy of essential life force.It helps the practitioner to interact with his inner world, providing the ideal conditions for self-realization.
Dharana is a concentration of the mind. Practicing dharana means focusing the mind on a single entity—either an external object (such as an image or a deity) or an internal object (such as a chakra). It trains the mind to stay calm and to improve mental power.
Dhyana is a meditation activity that involves intense mental focus. This deeper focus of mind is an instrument of self-knowledge in which one can distinguish perception from reality and finally achieve the ultimate objective of yoga: samadhi (bliss, or union with the source).
In yoga, samadhi is believed to be the state in which Jeevathma and Paramathma (human and universal consciousness) unites. It is a blissful form of absolute meditative immersion, achieved as soon as the practitioner has passed through the preliminary steps of Patanjal’s eight-fold course. The philosophical meaning of Samadhi is profound, as it includes self-realization and symbolizes the eternal bond with the Divine.