Ayurveda And Yoga As Complimentary And Synergistic Tools Of Holistic Wellness
Ayurveda with Yoga therapy are two such complimentary and synergistic tools of holistic living and wellness that such a combination is almost impossible to find. Both are natural, both share a common platform of principles, both act along same line of action.
By: Arjun (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery With Modern Medicine)
The synergy of Ayurveda And Yoga:
Whether you are on yoga or on ayurvedic medicine, it is so easy and effective to adopt the other. Where one leaves you on the efficient and effective pathway of health and wellness, the other takes you from there to newer heights of true health – happiness, peace and joy.
Even if we concentrate on the health benefits of yoga and don’t consider the meditation and other deeper practices of yoga, we are so much energized to get freedom from disorders and to be healthier and healthier.
As The Natural, Holistic And Integral Tools For Wellness:
Ayurveda and Yoga therapy are based on the principles that looks at body-mind-soul complex as an integral system. Both of these systems follow holistic and integral approach even when they are dealing with trivial conditions.
All the dimensions of human life are considered and affected by these natural lifestyle streams. Simply one can’t ignore physical or mental or emotional or social or economic or spiritual aspect of life and of individuals.
Consideration Of Time:
Ayurvedic herbal remedies don’t take much time in present scenario as most of the formulations are available from pharmacies. If we are to prepare herbal tea, that may take 15 minutes or more. Otherwise consuming herbs don’t need much of our time.
Massage with ayurvedic herbal oils need somewhat half an hour to one hour of time daily. But these are used in joints disorders and some other conditions alone. Ayurvedic Panchakarma therapy do need full time commitment for 3 days to 21 days depending on the purification and detoxification procedures.
Yoga therapy definitely needs the commitment from the practitioners. First one has learn yoga either from Videos or preferably from yoga teacher. Higher practices of breathing exercises and meditation are more intensive as they need wholehearted devotion and commitment. And one has to search for a good teacher or Guru or organization.
Normal Yoga practice for improving general health, one has to devote at least 30 minutes to 60 minutes daily or more. So one should plan properly before taking on yoga classes and the determination to follow through should be firm enough to continue practice after the classes are over.
Ayurveda And Yoga Therapy In Relation To Age:
Young children and teenagers are the best candidate to start Yoga practice. Their body is more flexible and they can learn Yoga easily and without discomfort. Eventually they can benefit the most as they would have a lifetime to implement and deepen their practices. Still no one is too old to start yoga at any time!
Young persons can benefit themselves as well by adopting yoga practice and ayurveda lifestyle. The foundation of solid, tested and proven principles will help them to unleash their full creative effort in their family, organization and social life.
Middle age is the age when most of ‘civilization born disorders’ like hypertension, diabetes, heart and nervous disorders begin to develop and ruin the health and life. These can be managed and prevented to a large extent by yoga practice and ayurvedic medicine.
Ayurveda and ayurvedic remedies are helpful for old persons like children and youths and middle aged persons. But yoga practice, particularly Hatha Yoga based postures are somewhat difficult and need more time to be comfortable with their practice. And many times old age is also related with chronic disorders, inflexible joints and lack of motivation. So exercise extra caution and learn yoga gradually by practicing preparatory postures at first.
Relation With Severity Of Disorders:
The gravity of medical conditions should be considered before taking either ayurvedic medicine or doing yoga. In severe conditions and bed ridden conditions, in acute infectious disorders, after blood loss or fluid loss, just after strenuous exercise, extreme fatigue, bone and muscle injuries are some of the conditions when yoga practice should be postponed to a time when the health of body is stabilized.
I have seen many such cases who took on yoga practice ardently without considering their age and body flexibility. One such funny case is with one of very senior doctor of my town. We were participating in a yoga camp for doctors. He was in a front row and I was just behind him. He was 50 plus I was only 29.
He used to tease me in a practice by commenting to look the difference of a fast old doc and young slow doc, when we are to run on one’s own place. He had been very fast and I was just normal.
After only three days, while doing one yoga posture hurriedly, his back muscles were hurt so severely that he had been on three days full bed rest at home and needed injections of painkillers! He had to leave rest of the yoga practice in the camp. So be careful and consider your health and disorder before taking yoga practice.
We should be similarly careful while taking ayurvedic medicine or herbal remedies. Never rely on herbs alone during acute infectious disorders, acute painful conditions, severe bleeding or nausea or diarrhea, hyper pyrexia (raised body temperature or fever), bone and muscle injuries, moderate or severe hypertension, acute asthma attacks and other similar conditions. Never be enthusiastic enough to play with your health!
At the best, under above mentioned conditions, adopt ayurvedic dietary suggestions, adopt ayurvedic lifestyle and use herbal remedies given by qualified herbalist as adjuvant therapy or supportive medicine. Use your courage and enthusiasm to follow through with yoga practice and ayurveda remedies in the long term to prevent disorders and to treat chronic conditions from their root.
Application Of Ayurveda Body Type:
Ayurveda body type based on three ayurvedic humors – Vata, Pitta and Kapha and Ayurveda body and psychology types based on three psychological attributes – Satva, Rajas and Tamas are used at every step in ayurvedic medicine and ayurvedic lifestyle.
These body and mind types are also used in yoga therapy to customize yoga practice for a particular body type and mind type. All of this comes under the purview of Therapeutic Yoga or Yogic practice for various disorders.
Therapeutic yoga practice has preventive benefits as well. Suppose a person with Kapha dominant body is prone to Kapha based disorders like heaviness in abdomen and body, cough, cold, obesity etc. We can stop this susceptibility by practicing certain yoga postures and breathing techniques.
So we have seen basic tuning and harmony in various principles and practices of ayurveda and yoga therapy. These synergistic tools of nature are here to help us stay healthier in body, mind, emotions and consciousness. Adopt these holistic and integrated lifestyle and enjoy fulfilled life and greater health!