Ayurveda is, the oldest health care system in the world, originating in ancient India. The term Ayurveda has Sanskrit roots and is derived from the word “AJUS”, which means life and “VEDA” meaning knowledge or wisdom. Ayurveda principles were written 5000 years and were orally transmitted for thousands of years.
The World Health Organization recognized Ayurveda in 1977 as a method of traditional medicine. The founder of the Transcendental Meditation program of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi began with the restoration of this ancient knowledge in 1980, and it is called Maharishi Ayurveda
STRESS DISTURBS THE NATURAL BALANCE
Ayurveda believes that all diseases that our body suffers from are a consequence of stress. It leads us to the unhealthy lifestyle that, in the end, seriously damages health.
The essence of Ayurveda philosophy lies in the belief that nature provides balance, harmony, sustainability and vitality. The connection between the human mind and body that is in the rhythm with the nature can be damaged by stress and other similar effects. Ayurveda strives to restore and maintain this link, that way creating balance and health.
The main diagnostic tool in Ayurveda is the pulse because it registers the pulses sent by every cell of the body. Experienced Ayurveda therapist can detect any abnormalities in the body in a few minutes, only by checking the pulse.
According to Ayurveda, the pulse of every person is reflected in an interactive relationship of mind, body and the cosmos. “Reading” of the pulse can give us precise information about how the body adapts to the influence of internal and external environment. Along with reading the pulse, Ayurveda also uses conversation, visual examination as well as examination of stool, urine, tongue and pupil.
HARMONY OF ALL DOSHAS FOR HEALTHY BODY
Ayurveda believes that nature is led by three basic principles, called doshas, and it is all about the energies within the body.
There are three doshas for every person: vata dosha – motion, pitta dosha – energy, and kapha dosha – structure. The doshas are evenly distributed in every body and when their link is disturbed it is a first sign of disease.
In order to cure any disease, first you need to remove the cause of the disease, such as inadequate nutrition, stress, bad habits, then balance doshas and finally clean the body of toxins. To clean the body Ayrveda practices massages, sauna, and special regimes of nutrition. Ayurveda includes color healing, exercise, fasting, herbs, minerals, precious stones, metals, sun, wind, water, mud, music therapy, the development of consciousness and mind, life breath and body. The basic principle of Ayurveda is to balance the opposites. If the problem is created by heat, heal it with cold etc, that is why it is recommended to overweight people to eat food and do activities that will deplete the body.
SIMPLE AYURVEDIC TIPS FOR HEALTHY AND LONG LIFE
Drink a glass of warm to hot water first thing in the morning –this will improve the process of digestion.
To have proper digestion, after a meal your stomach needs to be half full with solids, quarter with water and a quarter empty. –this way your digestive system will properly work and it will not have any difficulties while it does its work.
Make a space of 4-5 hours between meals. –this way you will allow the organism to use all necessary nutrients of the meal and properly rest before you give it another task.
Get Ayurveda massage at least once a week- it is called oileation. You may also try applying baby oil and let it on for 20 minutes.
Exercise 2-3 times a week – it will help you stay fit.
Disconnect from internet, TV or work while you eat – eat your meal in silence, that way you will be able to eat slow and focus on the eating.
Select the food you eat according to your body construction.
Never drink ice cold water or drink, before, during or after a meal- ice cold water tightens the muscles of the digestive organs and it slows the digestion.
Get to know your body constitution – find out what kind of dosha you are.
Form a daily and weekly routine and stick to it. –this is the best way to achieve balance and avoid stress.