"We bow before the noblest of sages, Pathanjali, who brought serenity of mind by his work on yoga, clarity of speech by his work on grammar and purity of body by his work on medicine."(Prayer to sage Pathanjali)
defined as the state of physical, mental, social & spiritual well being and not merely
the absence of disease or infirmity.' (WHO)
The spiritual well being in the World Health Organization's definition is recently added which was explained by the sages of India in the Before Common eras itself.
According to Ayurveda "Health is defined as "Purity" i.e., the purity of body, mind and soul. The mind and spirit is naturally clear and pure but becomes darkened by the negative thoughts and emotions. When pure it produces enlightenment and self-realization, when impure it even affects the body, which produce the physical ailments. Most of the diseases are due to the disturbances or fluctuations in the mental and spiritual level. Such diseases have to be cured by purifying the mind and soul, which can be fruitfully done with the praxis of Yoga. The impurity in the body can be cleansed through Ayurveda only.
It is believed that the sage Pathanjali (the father of Yoga) and Charaka (the great physician in Before Common era 600) were the same. So in brief the Ayurveda and yoga are sister sciences, the combinations of which helps the individual to achieve perfect health, longevity, rejuvenation and self realization.
|The human body
is a miniature of universe in itself. The solar and lunar energy is said to flow through
two main channels Pingala and Ida, which starts from the
right and left nostrils respectively and move down to the base of spine. In between them
is the Sushumna the main channel for the flow of nervous
energy. Pingala and Ida intersect each other and Sushumna at various places. These junctions are called chakras and
they regulate the body mechanism as flywheels regulate an engine.
The positions of these chakras correspond to the nervous plexus & endocrine glands (Autonomous nervous system & Endocrine system). The postures and pranayama are designed in such a way to push the energy from the side channels to the main stream (Sushumna) and to increase the energy flow through the body channels.
effects of yoga can very much be utilized in the cure of many ailments, which are widely
practiced with gratifying results. The principle underlying the combination therapy of Ayurveda and Yoga are found to be perfectly rational and scientific
and is in full tune with the most modern ideas of medical science.
Certain asanas (postures) are illustrated here which you can practice regularly. Eventhough simple illustrations of the recommended postures are provided, instruction in Yoga is not intended here and is beyond the scope of this web site.
To select the best postures according to your nature, and health problems contact us through the online consultation.
|General points and cautions for the practice of Asanas|
|Sit on the
floor with the legs straight.
Bend the right leg at the knee, hold the right foot with hands and place it at the root of the left thigh so that the right heel is near the navel.
Now bend the left leg holding the left foot with the hand and place it over the right thigh at the root. The soles of the feet should be turned up.
The spine should be erect. The arms may be stretched out, hands being placed on the knees with the forefingers and the thumbs are bent and touch each other (symbol of knowledge).
Change the leg position by placing the left foot over the right thigh first and right foot over the left thigh.
|Ardha Padmasana(Half Lotus Pose)|
|Bent on your right leg and bring the foot over the left thigh close to your body. Bend left leg and keep the foot underneath the right thigh. Sit straight and keep the hands as in padmasana.|
|Kneel on the
floor, keep the knees together and spread the feet apart.
Rest buttocks on the floor, sit straight and keep palms in the symbol of knowledge.
If you find it difficult, keep the toes close together and heels apart. Then rest the buttocks on them.
|Sit on the
floor with the legs stretched straight in front. Place the palms on the floor and raise
Bend the left knee back and sit on the left foot. Remove the hands from the floor, raise the right leg and place the right thigh over the left one. Raise the buttocks and with the help of the hands bring the ankles and the back of the heels together till they touch each other.
Rest the ankles, keeping the toes pointing back.
Raise the left arm over the head, bend it at the elbow and place the left palm below the nape of the neck between the shoulders. Lower the right arm, bend it at the elbow and raise the right forearm up behind the back until the right hand is level with and between the shoulder blades. Clasp the hands behind the back between the shoulders. Keep the neck and head erect and look straight ahead. Unclasp the hands, straighten the legs and repeat the pose on the other side for the same length of time by inserting left or right and vice versa. Then unclasp the hands at the back, straighten the legs and relax
|Sit with the
legs extended and feet together. Raise your arms overhead, then exhale and bend forward
from the hips and place your hands on your ankles or on the floor beside your feet. Move
your head as close to your toes as possible.
Slowly raise your torso as you inhale.
|Lie on your back, keep hands at your sides inhale and lift both legs until they are at a right angle to your back. Supporting your hips with your hands push your back and legs upward until they are vertical. Slowly lower your legs to release.|
|While on your back inhale and raise both legs using your hands to support your hips. Exhale as you try to touch the floor behind you with your toes. Stretch your arms on the floor, then place your hands back on your hips and slowly lower your legs.|
|Place both fore arms on the floor, elbows directly under your shoulders. Slowly inhale and straighten your arms and arch your back until your abdomen is off the ground. Relax and slowly uncurl lowering your torso back to the floor.|
|Lie on your stomach, arms under your body squeeze your buttocks as you press down with your arms. Inhale raise your legs, keeping them straight as you press outward through the toes and heels. Exhale and release slowly.|
|Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)|
|Lie on your stomach and grasp both ankles. While inhaling squeeze your buttocks and slowly raise your head, chest and thigh off the floor pressing your ankles outward. Exhale and breathe slowly, then release.|
|Vrukshasana (Tree Pose)|
|Use your hands to lift one foot to the top of the opposite thigh. Raise your hands overhead. Press your bent knee down and back without tilting your pelvis.|
|With arms parallel to the floor and feet apart, turn your right toes out and left toes forward. Bend to the right moving your left arm up and right arm to the right leg. Look up to your raised palm. Return to the starting position and repeat on the other side.|
|Lie on your back, bend on the knees and hips and bring the thighs over abdomen. Lock the legs with your hands and press the thighs over abdomen. Now exhale and bring your fore head close to your knees. Breathe slowly and then release.|
|Lie on your back with your feet apart and turned out slightly. Place your hands little apart from the body. Close the eyes concentrate at each point of your body and relax those parts.|