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    12 Things You Need To Know About Ayurvedic and Yogic Living

    On June 21, 2015, the entire world came together to celebrate the very first International Yoga Day. The message of the importance of good health and well-being was shared in the form of public speeches at Yoga Day meets, and as updates on social media too. However, the awareness of physical and mental well-being cannot be restricted to just one day alone, can it? In order to understand how one can maintain good, all-round health, Yoga Expert and Ayurvedic Doctor Surinder Katoch shares 12 important points that are essential for Ayurvedic and Yogic Living.

    1) Yoga means union. When we perform Yoga, there first has to be a union of the body and the mind. Only then do we proceed further to experience the actual benefit of yoga ¬¬--- harmony in our body, mind, and soul, and peace within.

    2) Yoga should not be practised and considered like any other physical exercise. It is to be done in a stepwise manner, preferably under the guidance of an instructor.

    3) It is a common misconception that the term ‘Ayurveda’ means treatment of herbs. It is not just that. ‘Ayurveda’ is made of two words - Ayu+ Veda. Ayu means life and veda means science. Ayurveda, thus, is the science of life. It is all about holistic health, and it gives detailed guidelines on how to remain physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually healthy.

    4) It is important for everyone to know the status of the body constitution (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) and the mind constitution (Satva, Rajas, Tamas) that they are born with. Rather than a generalized approach, Ayurveda follows an individualistic approach, and considers every person as unique and as a separate entity.

    5) Ayurvedic Dietetics lays stress upon the Vata, Pitta, Kapha, Satva, Rajas, and Tamas characteristics of food. It suggests that our body and mind constitution does not depend only upon the food items that what we eat, but also on the time and the manner of consumption of food. Not just that, but what we do before and after eating also counts.

    6) In Ayurveda, there are three pillars of health. Collectively termed ‘Traya Upstambh’, the three pillars are Aahaar (food), Nidra (sleep) and Brahmacharya (conduct like Brahman and celibacy).

    7) An Ayurvedist lays a lot of stress on these three pillars. Proper night sleep is considered as 50% of treatment, and this works as a natural rejuvenation technique.

    8) According to Ayurveda, it is important to listen to your body, mind, and soul, and then act. As mentioned earlier, one must know their body-mind constitution during times of good and bad health. This will help one identify causes of diseases during periods of illnesses, stop them, make an action plan accordingly, and work at their physical, mental, social, and spiritual level to awaken their own healing power.

    9) Ayurvedists advice that it is best to retire to sleep by 10 p.m. every day, and wake up at 5 a.m.

    10) Maintaining a good work-life balance will also guarantee well-being. It is important to manage one’s time no matter how busy one’s schedule can get.

    11) Physical activity is imperative in order to lead a healthy life. A 30-minute walk and a 45-minute Yoga session in the morning, and an hour-long work out in the evening (be it sports/aerobics/dancing/swimming or any other work out of your choice) will keep you fit and fine.

    12) Panchakarma – a detoxification technique – is highly recommended by Ayurvedists since it aids in the cleansing one’s body of toxins. Panchakarma can be done twice a year in order to clean the channels of the body and keep it strong and healthy.

    Apart from these 12 points, there are many other ways, as suggested by Dr. Katoch, to achieve good health and mental peace. Let’s take the first step towards leading a balanced life by putting to practice these tips on Ayurvedic and Yogic Living.

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    Thanks subashiniraman. The tips you have given about Ayurvedic and Yogic Living is very important for people who look for it.


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