Ayurvedic Treatment in Kerala :: What i s Yoga
WHAT IS YOGA?
“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.” - BKS Iyengar
Yoga signifies‘union’. It is taken from the Sanskrit word, ‘Yuj’ meaning ‘to join’.The practice identifies with oneness, seeking truth and achieving the ultimate in moksha or nirvana, , the ultimate peace. When describing it, it is a couple of regulated physical postures also known as ‘asanas’which are easy to follow and if practiced on a regular basis helps achieve physical wellbeing as Yoga is definitely the end rather than the means. The four types of Yoga are Raja Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Karma Yoga.
In essence, yoga sets us to create the perfect semblance between the mind, body and soul. And this is achieved by regular practice of our breath and postures as per the prescribed techniques. When practiced and followed regularly, the joint benefits cannot be described in as much it is experienced.
“Yoga takes you to the present moment, the only place where life exists” - Bhagwad Gita
Yoga transports us to a state of extreme calmness, peace of mind in a healthy body. Devoid of any stress that has crept in, we are free like a newborn in thoughts, actions and rest.
Yoga is a scientific approach to the mystical union of the self with the Supreme Being. Focusing on the breath, body and mind with a complete command and control over our actions and inactions, yoga empowers the Practitioner to bring them all together through physical and mental exercises.
Immersing in the tranquility of the self and lightness of the body, yogic state of body is effective in tackling disorders and prevents ailments besides acting as remedy for almost everything, right from stress to deep sleep.
Most positive health benefits that beginners feel is their escape from habitual and behavioral disorders in body and mind and thus attaining better sleep, increased energy levels, better focus, improved muscle tone, flexibility of body parts as never before, relief from all kinds of stress and an overall feeling of emotional and physical wellbeing and thus a more balanced person; both socially and individually.
“Anyone who practices can obtain success in yoga but not one who is lazy. Constant practice alone is the secret of success.” - Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Hatha Yoga is a simple process that enables altering energies. In fact, even if one does not have any previous experience or exposure to yoga, we can engage in practicing Hatha Yoga. This technique actually facilitates leveling out physical and mental disparities. Regularly practicing Hatha Yoga helps improve our fitness and wellness.
Hatha Yoga is a preliminary activity that helps align and synchronize mind and body. It helps develop our strength, restraint, and self-discipline and flexibility required to learn and imbibe the art of meditation. It comes with many advantages, if practiced and followed regularly. The practice engages in jointly incorporating, asanas or posture, pranayama, controlled breathing techniques, mudras or hand postures, the chanting or mantra, the banda or locking of the body, relaxation and contemplation.
Ayurveda creates the awareness of one’s self, our prakriti or constitution and its management. In fact, the practice of Hatha Yoga and Ayurveda are entwined and share a common philosophy known as Sankhya. Therefore, when we have assimilated and understood our body types and differences, we learn to adapt the Yoga path that we are most compatible to.
The bridge between Ayurveda and Yoga
“Yoga is the practice of quieting the mind.” - Patanjali
Ayurveda and Yoga are both very early Indian sciences that dates back to the BC era when the Upanishadswere written somewhere between 1000-5000 BC. It has been followed, practiced and adopted over the years’ not only within India but world over and once people learn the techniques and its benefits, they are hooked. While both are interlinked and complement each other, Ayurveda deals with the health and wellbeing of the mind, body and soul. Yoga attempts to cleanse the mind and awareness.
“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self” - The Bhagawad Gita
In essence, yoga sets us to create the perfect semblance between the mind, body and soul. And this is achieved by regular practice of our breath and postures as per the prescribed techniques.
When practiced and followed regularly, the joint benefits cannot be described in as much it is experienced.
The practice of Yoga helps support Ayurvedic therapies and it supports the routine and helps us achieve wellness faster. Yoga works on the body on the inside whereas Ayurveda works on it on the outside. The therapies work on the understated energies and awaken our senses and we are on the road to ultimate happiness.
Yoga and Ayurveda helps us rejuvenate and revitalize our bodies with their joint efforts and similarities. Both Sciences understands the various facets of our bodies, our nature, our compositions and our energies. In fact, the oneness with nature is advocated by both and therefore, meditation, a good vegetarian diet, incorporating natural herbs and plants in therapies all work towards accomplishing good mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
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