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4 Pillars of Good Health from Ayurveda & Yoga

December 27, 2017

 

 

Aushadh

Rasayana literally means “Rejuvenation” or nourishing the fluids of the body. Rasa also means taste, juice, essence or flavor in Rasa Shastra (Medicinal preparation branch). Rasa is considered as the preservation, transformation and revival of energy. Rasa nourishes the body, enhances the immunity and helps to keep the body and mind healthy.

Aushadh Rasayana means the Rasayana effect caused by consuming specific herbs or formulations such as Chyawanprash, Amla , Haritaki, Guggulu, Cumin seeds, Ginger etc. Ahaar Rasayana means the Rasayana based on dietary regimen. By consuming certain food like Wheatgrass juice, Green Gram, Dates and Figs, Takra (Butter milk-3 part of water and 1 part curd/Yogurt), Almonds (6-7 soaked almonds daily), seasonal Juicy fruits etc, the person will get the Rasayana benefits .

 

Vihaar

With obesity now seen as an epidemic in developed nations, gardening represents a good source of physical activity. This means added activity for young children who often lack physical exertion, adults who need more of it and seniors who are looking for ways to increase daily movement. Gardening can help encourage youth to try a greater range of fruits and vegetables. Studies show that gardening promotes physical health, mental health through relaxation and satisfaction, and better nutrition. This backyard pastime has been shown to help prevent dementia in seniors. Gardens represent yet another surprising answer to help our declining health care system. Benefits in nutrition, activity level and reduction in anxiety are just a few of the positive outcomes.

 

Aahar

Healthy vegetarian food (organic, non-oily, non-spicy, mostly fresh fruits, salad, herbal juices) in a very moderate quantity properly chewed with positivity gets digested easily. Do not talk, think or drink water while eating. Relax for half an hour before and after eating food. A glass of wheatgrass juice twice a day (morning and evening) is amazingly detoxifying. Our diet must comprise of fresh fruits, salads, sprouts, skimmed milk and green veggies cooked with ayurvedic herbs. If possible, try to cook your food in a satvic (positive) frame of mind.

 

 

Prakriti

Nature has blessed us with amazing resources like water, air, earth and sun that can be utilized to keep ourselves healthy. Walking on earth, practicing the sun salutation, performing pranayama, and drinking lukewarm water early in the morning (Ushapaan) are some amazing tools of staying fresh and fit. The foot has points for the eyes, ears, lungs, nerves of the face, stomach, spleen, brain, kidneys  and many more organs, so when we walk on grass, these areas are gently stimulated, helping your entire body stay healthy. When we walk on grass we stimulate the nerve endings of the foot, where thousands of nerve endings converge. These nerve endings get gently yet directly stimulated by the grass, helping the body stay in a state of equilibrium.

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