My experiments for staying fit (both mentally & physically) led me to The Art of Living workshop and later it was
Rishi Vidhyadharji who introduced me to Ayurveda. My thirst to know more about Ayurveda, made me take up reading about this ancient science.
Let me just share some known & unknown basic facts about Ayurveda.
The most simplified definition of Ayurveda = Ayu (Life) + Veda (Knowledge): It is Knowledge System which makes life free from the obstacles. It teaches how to maintain and protect health, how to cure diseases and promote longevity.
In Bhagavad Gita, it is mentioned
“Yuktahara-viharasya yukta-cestasya karmasu, Yukta-svapnavabodhasya yogo bhavati duhkha-ha.”
The right amount of food, the right amount of activity, and the right amount of service (service is necessary) is essential. When you follow this, then all the sorrow runs away.
The right balance is the key, isn’t it?
TriGunas – Our Life consist of 3 Gunas: A subtle inner quality that exists behind all material forms in nature. Sattva, Rajas & Tamas: balance of these three Gunas is what makes our life easier & happier. There are five elements, also called as Pancha-Mahabhutas, namely Ether (Space), Air, Fire, Water and Earth. The various elements with their attributes are as mentioned below:
TriDoshas – Dosha means that which gets vitiated. Since they get vitiated and disturb the physiological functions of the body thereby initiating the process of disease. They are branded as Tri Dosha. There are 3 doshas namely Vata, Pitta & Kapha. Each dosha is born out of impairment of combinations of Elements.
Ayurveda is based on two fundamental theories, the Pancha-Mahabhutas and Tridosha theory. When the Pancha-Mahabhutas or five elements (space, air, fire, water and earth) is balanced, the body is healthy and when they are imbalanced, there is disease. These elements manifest into life forces and make each one of us unique, physically and mentally. The elements combine into three Doshas (life forces) – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The combination of the three Doshas influences our mental, emotional and physical tendencies.
The primary focus of Ayurveda is to seek balance & restore health thereby avoiding illness proactively.
Interestingly each dosha has timing:
Prakriti – “Pra” refers to be Beginning and “Kriti” means Creation or to do. So Prakriti means ‘The Original form of being’.
A brief guide to understanding different prakriti :
- Feel hungry at any time, day or night
- Love excitement and constant change
- Sleep at different times every night, skip meals and keep irregular habits in general
- Digest food one day and poorly the next
- Display bursts of emotions that are short lived and poorly the next
- Walk and speak quickly or in a fast manner
Pitta Prakriti :
- Feel frantically hungry if food is even half an hour late
- Live by your watch and regret having your time wasted.
- Generally wake up at night feeling hot and thirsty
- Take command of situation or feel that you should
- Learn from experience that others find you too demanding, sarcastic or critical at times
- Have a determined step while walking
- Sharp, intelligent and creative in nature
- Lots of moles, freckles or pimples
Kapha Prakriti :
- Think for a long time before taking a decision
- Wake up slowly, lie in a bed for a long time
- Respect other people’s feeling with which you feel genuine and empathy
- Seek emotional comfort from eating
- Even though overweight a gliding walk and graceful movements
- Often good looking
- Calm and quite nature
Vikriti : The mind-body complex functions normally when the doshas are balanced. When they go out of balance it leads to some malfunction in system. Imbalance in doshas is known as “Vikriti”.
To stay healthy it is very much necessary that a practice of regular yoga asanas (exercise) meditation, relaxation, is adopted along-with healthy eating habits. A regular visit to Nadi Parikshak is very important too. Nadi Pariksha or Pulse Diagnosis is the ancient ayurvedic technique of diagnosis through the pulse. It can accurately diagnose physical, mental and emotional imbalances as well as diseases.
I highly recommend everyone to contact Nadi Parikshaks / Ayurvedic Doctors before coming to any conclusion from the facts that have been stated above, as they may vary from person to person.
Disclaimer: All the things mentioned in above article are personal experiences of the author & in no way associated to any organisation. These details may not be true to every individual. We do not claim any of the points mentioned above, about the organisation, person, information or the book. Readers are advised to contact local Nadi Parikshak before following anything mentioned in above article.
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