Ayurveda, the Indian System of medicine and treatment has a hoary tradition. Kerala, the southern state of India is well known for its ayurvedic heritage. A balanced, healthy, enjoyable and successful life entails harmony between Mind, Body and Spirit. If any one of these suffers an imbalance, disharmony is immediately evident. Time at Nilayoram is devoted completely to well being. We offer a host of ayurvedic Treatments to enhance, restore and renew your health.
The resort is conceived to become a rendezvous for pleasure and purification. It works wonders in unwinding, while purifying dryer body and soul in harmony with nature. The riverfront facility with lush greenery and tranquil surroundings is the most ideal location to be in and enjoy thoroughly the luxury of being one amongst a very few occupants.
Upon your arrival at the resort, a team of eminent ayurveda physicians will examine the patient and after panel discussion and consultation, appropriate treatment will be charted. The entire treatment will be supervised by senior doctors and executed by qualified and experienced masseurs. All the external and internal herbs administered are prepared in traditional way and hence unequivocal quality and result are obtained. Wholesome vegetarian food is provided during treatment period
gifted Kerala invites tourists to experience and cherish the
sprawling mansions set in lovely locales-exotic islands, luxuriant
game reserves...on hill sides, by beaches, backwaters and so
Kerala, popularly regarded as 'God's own country', is probably the most beautiful, exotic and picturesque state of India. Flanked by the blue waters of the Arabian Sea in the west and the Western Ghats (mountain ranges) in the east, Kerala abounds in exotic and beautiful Hill stations, lovely beaches and serene and calm backwaters. The unparallel Natural beauty of Kerala attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world round the year. And rightly so, the National Geographic Traveler ranked it as One of the 50 'Paradise Found' on the earth.
The hill stations of Kerala are known for their exotic charm and beauty that can't be defined in words. Located amidst the lush green vegetation with numerous milky waterfalls, ravishing rivulets, splendid springs, lakes and hill-plantations, they provide an enthralling experience to tourists. Sprawling spice and tea plantations on the hill slopes provide you an enchanting sight. The fresh and pristine air filled with the fragrance of cardamom and pepper makes a spellbound effect on your body soul. Amidst such surroundings you feel like as if you are in a paradise. One of the major advantages of holidaying in Kerala hill station is that they are relatively less crowded in comparison to hill stations of north India.
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Kerala, the confluence of different natural herbal systems, enriched and fine-tuned Ayurveda. While the Ayurvedic system was enriched by Siddha and Marma systems in southern Kerala, it joined hands with Kalaripayattu and Kalari Therapy in northern Kerala. This resulted in the emergence of a new stream noted for its special procedures and formulations.
Kerala, situated in the tropical region, has an unparalleled herbal wealth compared to the other parts of India. Though the very same herbs are found in the Himalayas, the herbs of Kerala have a special potency due to its unique geographical position and tropical climate. These aspects made it possible for the healers of Kerala to perfect the preparation of Ayurvedic medicine. Even for classic Ayurvedic preparations, Kerala Ayurveda has evolved its own formulations that are superior in effec
Kerala has an unbroken tradition of Sanskrit (the language of ancient wisdom) learning. This knowledge of Sanskrit enables the healers of Kerala to interpret the Ayurvedic system accurately and get a proper insight. The Namboothiri Brahmins even today follow the Vedic tradition and knowledge systems. They are the only people who can perform the fire sacrifices or yajnas as they were done during the Vedic times and pronounce the Vedic chants the original way. They still practice Ayurveda and contribute to the efficacy of the system. Sanskrit learning has spread to all layers of Kerala society. Ayurveda is a living tradition belonging to people of all socio-cultural groups.
Legend has it that when Parasuram
created Kerala, the southernmost tip of India, it consisted of 18
city-states with 18 kings to rule over them. Each city-state also
had a family that practiced Ayurveda and other traditional healing
systems in order to look after king and his subjects. These medical
practitioners were known as Ashtavaidyans, literally translated to
doctors trained in the 8 (ashta means eight) branches of Ayurvedic
medicine - kaayam (general medicine, baalam (pediatrics), griham
(psychiatry), urdhavangam (including all the organs above the neck -
eyes, ears, nose, teeth, throat, etc.), shalyam (surgery), dhamshtra
(therapy for poisoning), jara (anti-ageing treatment) and sexual
Reduction therapy has two parts called pacification and
purification. Pacification is done with herbs, fasting, exercise,
sunbathing and exposure to wind. Purification is a special form of
therapy for elimination of the disease causing humors. The power of
Ayurvedic elimination therapy is its system for guiding the toxins
to their sites for elimination. It consist of five parts - The
pancha karmas - cleaning enemas, nasal medication, Purgation, Emesis
and blood letting. All these require preliminary Ayurvedic practises
of oleation and sweating. Kerala a southern state of India, has
developed its own Ayurvedic treatment modalities like Dhara,
pizhichil, Navarakizhi, Elakizhi, Sirovasthi, Thalapothichil etc.
which are highly effective in a number of diseases which include
Motor neuron diseases, Arthritis of various kinds, skin diseases,
heart diseases, peptic ulcer, Asthama, Peripheral vascular diseases
and Gynecological disorders.
Ayurveda and yoga are sister Vedic sciences that have been united for thousands of years for the sake of healing body, mind, and consciousness. Generally speaking, Ayurveda deals more with the health of the body, while yoga deals with purifying the mind and consciousness, but in reality they complement and embrace each other.
The ancient rishis (seers) were the original masters of all Vedic sciences. They understood that good health is a great asset on the path toward Self-realization. If the body is neglected it can easily become an obstacle to spiritual practice. Anyone who has practiced meditation for any length of time would agree to how difficult it can be to sit still for long periods of time without feeling discomfort and fatigue. Both yoga and Ayurveda are mutually supportive and offer many ways to prevent and heal various disorders as well as to cleanse and rejuvenate the body.
Besides sharing a philosophical foundation, both systems have many similarities in relation to attitude, nutrition, diet, hygiene, exercise, cleansing practices, as well as spiritual practices. Traditionally, a student of yoga would first live close to and serve the guru for many years, during which time he would learn healthy habits. The basic Ayurvedic principles for health and longevity were past on in the lineage in oral form to serve as a foundation for a life of sadhana (spiritual practice).
Nowadays, the teachings of yoga are easily available to all, and whether prepared or not we can leap headlong into its practice. This has its blessings, in the sense that more people can be turned on to the teachings, although much is often lost without the parampara, or close guidance at the feet of an accomplished master. With this in mind, modern yoga practitioners would most certainly benefit from a basic knowledge of Ayurveda to help establish a healthy daily routine and adjust their practice according to the constitution, dosha imbalance, season, and so on, to prevent disease and promote longevity.
First, let’s take a look at the similarities between yoga and Ayurveda:
* Both are ancient Vedic teachings. Yoga originates in the Yajur Veda, while Ayurveda originates in the Atharva Veda and Rig Veda.
* Both recognize that keeping the body healthy is vital for fulfilling the four aims of life: Dharma (duty), Artha (wealth), Kama (desire), and Moksha (liberation).
* Both recognize that the balance of doshas (humors), dhatus (tissues), and malas (waste products) is essential for maintaining good health.
* Both share virtually the same metaphysical anatomy and physiology, which consists of 72,000 nadis (subtle channels), 7 main chakras (energy centers), 5 bodily sheaths, and the Kundalini Shakti (energy).
* Both advocate the use of diet, herbs, asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra, astrology, prayer, puja, and rituals for healing the entire being.
* Both encourage physical health as a good foundation for mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
* Both share the same view on psychology. Ayurveda embraces all six of the main schools of philosophy including the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and Vedanta (a non-dual philosophical and spiritual path). They both understand that the attachment to the body-mind complex is the root cause of all suffering and that the ultimate state of health is experienced when we abide in our true nature, which is total peace, regardless of the state of the physical body.
* Both use cleansing methods for the body, all of which encourage the removal of waste products and toxins through their natural routes of elimination. Ayurveda has panchakarma (five cleansing actions) and yoga uses Shat Karma (six purification measures).
Ayurvedic approach to asana practice
The use of asana, pranayama, and meditation for healing is known as Yoga Chikitsa, or Yoga Therapy and has been used for thousands of years by Ayurvedic and yogic adepts. In Yoga Chikitsa, a group of yogic exercises are chosen that will best support the individual and are practiced daily. This can be done over an extended period of time in conjunction with an Ayurvedic regime and herbal and dietary therapies. Yoga Chikitsa also plays an integral role in the Ayurvedic cleansing and rejuvenation process known as panchakarma.
For a well balanced personal yoga practice, it is important to take into consideration the individual’s body structure, prakruti (original constitution), and vikruti (present constitutional imbalance). The following are general recommendations according to the predominant dosha.
Vata predominant individuals should remember to focus on calming, grounding, stillness, strengthening, and balancing while doing their practice.
Precautions for vata:
* Vinyasa or flow styles of yoga tend to move too quickly from one pose to the next and can aggravate the hyper-mobile quality of vata over time. Flow sequences can be made to be more vata pacifying if they are not excessively long, the length of time poses are held is extended, and transitions are done slowly and consciously.
* Those with lower back problems may find that bending the knees in standing forward bends can prevent discomfort.
* Back bends should be done slowly, carefully and within one's own limits.
Pitta individuals should maintain a calm, cool, and relaxed intention while doing asanas. Pitta types may benefit from trying to cultivate an attitude of forgiveness, and of surrendering or offering the fruits of their practice to the divine of to those in need of positive healing energy. Because asana practice tends to generate heat in the body, it is best to do them at cooling times of the day, such as dawn or dusk. Also, it is useful to place some emphasis on poses that help to release excess heat from the body, such as poses that compress the solar plexus and poses that open the chest like.
Kapha types tend to be sedentary and often dislike vigorous exercise. For this reason, their practice should be energetic, warming, lightening, and stimulating, providing they are physically capable. Vinyasa or flow style yoga is good for kapha because it is dynamic and moves quickly from one pose to the next, it induces sweating and gets the heart pumping.
Yoga poses that address specific doshic problems can be easily added to an Ayurvedic regime and integrated into an existing yoga routine, or they can be organized as a small session with the help of an Ayurvedic clinician who knows each individual case well and can help set up a well balanced program according to the needs of each client.
Ayurveda also offers Yoga Chikitsa, or Yoga Therapy, for specific doshic disorders. It is advised to consult an Ayurvedic practitioner for an individualized regime.
Ayurvedic Approach to Pranayama (breathing techniques).
The ultimate goal of pranayama is to calm the mind and prepare it for meditation. It also has a therapeutic effect on the physical body as well. It is not essential to do a pranayama practice according to dosha, but knowing its effects on the body is a valuable tool for management of the doshas. Below is a general list of pranayama and bandha exercises according to dosha.
Vata: Nadi Shodhana, Kapala Bhati, Agnisara Dhauti, Ujjayi, Tri Bandha, Maha Mudra.
Pitta: Sheetali or Sitkari, Nadi shodhana.
Kapha: Bastrika, Agnisara Dhauti, Kapala Bhati, Ashvini Mudra (contracting and releasing Mula Bandha), Ashvini Mudra, Ujjayi, Tri Bandha, Maha Mudra.
Furthermore, the Four Purifications taught in our workshops is an ancient method from the Ashtanga Yoga for purifying the gross and subtle body in order to prepare it for more advanced practices. They are tridoshic and safe for everyone, providing they are performed correctly.
Meditation According to Dosha.
These spiritual paths and their meditation techniques can be practiced by anyone, regardless of their prakruti. This list is only intended to give an idea on how dosha can support or influence one’s spiritual practice. Many traditions of yoga blend various aspects of the paths listed here.
* Vata: Kriya Yoga or Ashtanga Yoga and other structured techniques help to keep vata stabilized and focused.
* Pitta: Jnana Yoga and Vedanta are good for pitta types because they often have sharp intellects and have a keen interest in self-study (Atma-vichara).
* Kapha: Bhakti yoga is natural for kapha types because they are often loving and devotional by nature.
Ayurvedic and Yogic Diet.
Ayurveda is more concerned with food being constitutionally balanced, while Yoga promotes a diet that is sattwic (light and pure). A combination of both aspects is the best choice for a yogi or anyone wanting to make real progress on a spiritual path.
* According to dosha.
* Primarily vegetarian (meat is used as medicine, mainly for extreme deficiencies).
* Primarily cooked (raw food in moderation, especially for vata types).
* Containing six tastes.
* Sattwic vegetarian diet.
* Easy to digest.
* Simple meals (to limit desire).
* Both cooked and raw.
* Foods recommended in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika consist of rejuvenating substances such as wheat, whole grain, white basmati, corn, raw milk, raw sugar, butter, ghee, honey, dried ginger, mung beans, pure water, vegetables.
* Fruits, roots and nuts.
* Avoiding excessive hot, sour, salty, fermented, and fried foods.
* Avoiding tamasic (dulling) foods like meat, onions, garlic and mushrooms as a regular part of the daily diet.
Cleansing in Yoga and Ayurveda.
Ayurveda and Yoga both emphasize cleansing of the body for health and support of spiritual practices. Their methods are similar and work by expelling excess dosha and ama, or toxins, using the body's natural routes of elimination.
The yogic method is known in the Ashtanga tradition as Shat Karma, or six cleansing measures. These are:
1. Neti (nasal cleansing):
2. Dhauti (washing the GI tract).
3. Basti (enema).
The Ayurvedic method for cleansing and rejuvenation is known as panchakarma (pancha karma), or five cleansing actions. This program is usually done for a week or two, but can also be done for longer periods depending on the case. The five actions of this method are:
1. Basti (Enema).
It is obvious that Ayurveda and yoga not only complement each other. Both sciences actually embrace each other as they share similarities and fundamental principles on many levels. Ayurveda and yoga should go hand in hand if we want to achieve optimal health, peace, and longevity.
Meditation is a continuous flow of perception or thought, just like the flow of water in a river." A practice wherein there is constant observation of the mind, meditation brings awareness, harmony and natural order into life. It helps you dig deep into your inner self to discover the wisdom and tranquility that lie within.
Principles of Meditation
The basic points to be kept in mind in practicing meditation are :
Followed diligently you will soon be able to attain a
Tips on Concentration
This style of meditative exercise will help you control your mind down to a finer focus, teaching you the principle of single point concentration
The following are some of the principle theories and practices of Ayurveda.
Ayurveda is divided into eight parts.
Hence it is also known as Ashtanga ayurveda.
system of self-care that originated in India more than 5000 years
ago, Ayurveda is becoming very popular all over the world, with
hundreds of healers incorporating it into their practices and
thousands of people using its well-tried principles and therapies to
improve their well-being.
Five thousand years ago in the magnificent Himalayas, one of the greatest sages of India, Srila Vyasadeva wrote down the Vedas for the first time, this included a branch which is called Ayurveda: "The science of Life" (Ayur means life and Veda means science).
The Vedas came from an oral tradition that reached back into antiquity. Srila Vyasadev entrusted the original copies of the texts with his most erudite and enlightened disciples, who, along with other great sages, inaugurated a very long sacrificial ceremony for hundreds of years for the purification and blessings of the entire world. Remember people lived for one to two thousand years back then. During that time, they studied and discussed these ancient texts with their own disciples, who wrote commentaries, and expanded and developed these original and eternal truths without ever altering them.
During the years after the conclusion of this sacrifice, copies of this perfect Vedic texts were placed in various temples and libraries throughout India. They were written down in the original Sanskrit language for the benefit of the general population. (Sanskrit is the father of Latin and most of the world languages).
As far as the science of life was concerned - Ayurveda - volumes of wisdom poured forth like the rains during the monsoon season. Beside Vyasadeva's information about hundreds of herbal drugs in the Vedas, there were descriptions later on, by other sages like Sushruta, Charaka, etc. on how to perform prosthetic surgery to replace limbs, cosmetic surgery on the nose and elsewhere, caesarean section, and even brain surgery!
Everything was described in great detail and archaeological research has uncovered evidence that proves that some of these operations were performed successfully between 3,000 and 5,000 years ago. The great sage Charaka has given information in Ayurveda about the development of the child within the womb week by week, month by month, limb by limb, from conception to birth, that equals our modern medical texts in accuracy.
There is information about atomic energy, gynecology, pediatrics, surgery, anatomy, herbal drugs, Ayurvedic dieting and nutrition. All are described in the most simple and profound manner so as to make it easy enough for any person to have a basic working knowledge of this great science of life - Ayurveda. I know this sounds incredible and you may be wondering, "How is it possible to have one system embrace all systems" How would it be applied? The answer is simple. The first step is to ascertain the individual's "Biological Mode" , and than to treat the person accordingly.
According to ayurvedic philosophy an individual bundle of `spirit’, desirious of expressing itself, uses subjective consciousness or Satwa to manifest sense organs and a mind. Spirit and mind then project themselves into a physical body, created from the five (Pancha) great (maha) eternal elements (bhutas) – together called the Panchamahabhutas – which arise from Tamas. The sense organs then using Rajas to project from the body into the external world to experience their objects. The body becoming the mind’s vehicle, its physical instrument for sense gratification.
The Bhutas combine into "tridoshas" or bioenergetic forces that govern and determine our health or physical condition. While the three gunas (Rajas or activity, Tamas or inertia and Satwa, which balances the first two) or psychic forces determine our mental and spiritual health. Ayurveda is thus a holistic system of health care that teaches us to balance these energies in order to achieve optimum health and well being.
Indian medicine names three main causes of disease – 'overuse', 'disuse' or 'misuse’ of faculties; 'errors in judgement'; and influence of seasonal changes. According to Ayurveda all human diseases can be classified into the seven broad categories, namely :
2. Congenital (Janmabalapravritta)
3. Constitutional (Doshabalapravritta)
4. Traumatic (Sanghatabalapravritta)
5. Seasonal (Klabalapravritta)
6. Infectious and Spiritual (Daivabalapravritta)
7. Natural (Swabhavbalapravritta)
In Ayurveda, physicians try to assess the symptoms of these diseases as much as the nature of ailment and its root causes (nidana). This is of utmost importance in ensuring correct choice of remedial & preventive measures for treatment of the disease. For otherwise, even after therapy, one might not get the desired response and there would remain a chance of recurrence.
The early signs and symptoms (purvaroopa) provide useful warnings and the opportunity for taking necessary action before a disease can assume dangerous magnitudes. The main signs and symptoms (roopa) reflect the true nature and intensity of the disease. Another oft used method of diagnosis is exploratory therapy (upasaya) which uses diet, medicines and routines to detect diseases otherwise difficult to diagnose. Acting either against the cause of disease or the disease itself or producing relief. For example a swelling that is alleviated by an oily & hot massage, is obviously caused by an imbalance of vata.
To confirm, evaluate and treat a disease, physicians need to perform clinical examinations of patients – wherein textual knowledge (aptopadesa), direct perception (pratyaksha) and inference (anumana) are all very important components. The examination of patients can be carried out in the following manners:
Three (Tri) fold (Bidha) Examination (Pariksha)
Covers a general examination of the patient.
Ayurveda is a holistic system of healing which evolved among the Brahmin sages of ancient India some 3000-5000 years ago. There are several aspects of this system of medicine which distinguish it from other approaches to health care:
1. It focuses on establishing and maintaining balance of the life energies within us, rather than focusing on individual symptoms.
2. It recognizes the unique constitutional differences of all individuals and therefore recommends different regimens for different types of people. Although two people may appear to have the same outward symptoms, their energetic constitutions may be very different and therefore call for very different remedies.
3. Ayurveda is a complete medical system which recognizes that ultimately all intelligence and wisdom flows from one Absolute source (Paramatman). Health manifests by the grace of the Absolute acting through the laws of Nature (Prakriti). Ayurveda assists Nature by promoting harmony between the individual and Nature by living a life of balance according to her laws.
4. Ayurveda describes three fundamental universal energies which regulate all natural processes on both the macrocosmic and microcosmic levels. That is, the same energies which produce effects in the various galaxies and star systems are operating at the level of the human physiology--in your own physiology. These three universal energies are known as the Tridosha.
5. Finally, the ancient Ayurvedic
physicians realized the need for preserving the alliance of the
mind and body and offers mankind tools for remembering and
nurturing the subtler aspects of our humanity. Ayurveda seeks to
heal the fragmentation and disorder of the mind-body complex and
restore wholeness and harmony to all people.
Scope Of Ayurvedic Medicine
Classically, Ayurvedic Medicine was conceptualized and practiced as eight major clinical subspecialties of medicine in addition to numerous adjunctive specialties. The eight major subspecialties continue to be taught today and they include:
For every disease, there is information about: definition, etiology, prodrome, clinical symptoms, pathophysiology, prognosis, principles of treatment, medicines, diet, lifestyle recommendations, and even etymology. This approach is strikingly similar to that of modern medicine and even more comprehensive.
Over the last century, Ayurvedic Medicine has experienced a rebirth and has continued to evolve its holistic approach to health in accordance with modern needs and scientific advances of the day. Today, modern Ayurveda also includes:
Aap: Water element.
Abhyanga: oil masssage.
Acne: An inflammatory eruption occurring usually on the face and neck.
Agni: digestive fire, synonymous with properly balanced cell metabolism in Western medicine.
Ajna chakra: Centre of command,the" third eye".
Akasha: Ether or space.
Alambusha nadi: Yogic nadi, channel.
Alochaka pitta: Form of pitta
Anaemia: A below-normal level in the number of red blood cells.
Analgesic: A substance that relieves pain.
Annamaya kosha: Physical or gross body.
Apana vayu: Downward moving vayu.
Arishta: Symptom suggestive of death.
Aromatic: Taste which stimulates the gastrointestinal tract.
Artava: Menstrual Blood.
Artavaha srotas : Menstrual channels.
Arthritis: An inflammatory condition of the joints.
Asana: Posture, third stage of yoga.
Ascites: An excessive accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity.
Ashvini mudra: Yogic practise of contracting anal sphinctor muscles.
Asthidhara kala: Special membrane for bone.
Asthma: A respiratory disorder in which there is breathlessness wheezing and cough (dry or with mucus expectoration).
Atrophy: A wasting or diminution of size or physiological activity of a part of the body.
Attributes: The inherent qualities or properties of a substance.
Avalambaka Kapha: Form of Kapha in chest.
Avasthapaka: Primary phase of digestion.
Basti : enema
Betel leaf: A leaf eaten after a meal to assist digestion
Bhajani: A mixture of roasted cereals
Bhajiyas: Fried items of onion and other vegetables
Bharta: A mashed preparation (of aubergines)
Bhasma: Residue after incineration
Bhutagni : digestive fire governing element.
Bile: A bitter fluid secreted by the liver which flows into the small intestine, which is stored in the gallbladder. It helps to metabolize fat
Chandan: Sandalwood (Santalum album)
Chapati: A type of Indian bread
Charak: Great Ayurvedic profounder who has written one of the classic Ayurvedic text Charak Samhita.
Charaka samhita: One of the oldest Ayurvedic text
Cholesterol: A fatty substance in crystalized form found in all animal fats, oils, milk, egg yolks, bile, blood, brain tissue, liver, kidney and adrenal glands.
Churna: Powder of medicine
Chyavanprash: A formualtion based on honey, amla and other 45 ingredients.
Colitis: A chronic disease characterized by the inflamation of colon
Compress: A pad of folded linen applied so as to create pressure upon exterior parts of the body
Conjunctivitis: A painful and infectious illness in the eyes which makes them red and makes the eyelids swollen and sticky
Cosmic energy: The all-pervading energy in the universe
Dermatitis: An inflammatory condition of the skin. characterized by redness. pain and itching
Dhatu: one of the body's seven basic constituents
Diabetes: A clinical condition characterized by the excessive secretion of urine and increased blood-sugar level
Dinacharya: daily routine
Diuretic: A substance that increases the secretion of urine
Dosha: three basic metabolic principles connecting the mind and body and biological humour.
Dosha vaishmya: pathological condition of dosha
Drava: type of attribute liquid
Eczema: Acute or chronic skin inflammation
Emetic: Medicine that produces vomiting
Expectorant: A substance that promotes the ejection of mucus.
Flora: Healthful bacteria which are present in various parts of the body, list of plants of a particular place
Fomentation: Treatment by warm and moist application to skin
Gati : quality of the pulse
Gonorrhoea: A common venereal disease most often affecting the genitourinary tract
Gout: Metabolic disease marked by acute arthritis and inflammation of the joints
Grahani : Chronic diarrhoea, malabsorption syndrome in the small intestine
Gulma : Any tumor, lump or diverticulosis
Guna: fundamental natural quality (e.g., dry, moist, hot, cold, etc.). Also applied to sattva, rajas, and tamas, the "three gunas"
Guru: type of attribute, heavy, spiritual teacher, Grishma, Summer, Teacher
Halasana : Plough posture
Hath Yoga : Yoga of physical postures
Hemant: Early winter
Hemoptysis: Coughing up of blood from the respiratory tract
Hemostatic: A substance that checks the flow of blood
Hima : Type of attribute, cold
Hrid roga : Heart disease
Hives: Eruptions of very itchy skin caused by an allergic substance
Jala neti : Yogic cleansing of nasal passages by water
Japa : Repetation of mantras
Jatharagni : Digestive fire, responsible for the digestion and transformation of food material
Jaundice : A condition characterized by yellowness of the skin and elevated level of bilirubin
Kapalabhati: Kriya and pranayama that cleanses respiratory tract
Kapha:the dosha responsible for bodily structure
Kathina: Type of attribute, hard
Katu: Pungent or spicy
Khara: Type of attribute, rough to touch
Kleda: Subtle waste product
Kledaka kapha: form of kapha governing digestion
Kuhu: Nadi in yoga
Kundalini: Potential energy lying dormant at the base of the spine.
Kurma: Type of vata in yoga
Laghu: type of attribute, light
Langhana: fasting, reducing therapy
Leucoderma: Localized loss of skin pigment
Leucorrhea: A condition that causes a whitish, viscid discharge from the vagina and uterine cavity
Lohita: second layer of skin
Lymphadenitis: Inflammatory condition of the lymph nodes
Macrocosm: The universe itself; a system regarded as an entity containing subsystems
Madhyama marga: Middle pathway, (deep tissue)
Mahabhuta: Basic five elements (space, air, fire, water and earth)
Mahamarma: One of the three major marma
Majja: Nerve tissue and bone marrow
Mala: Metabolic end-products
Malabsorption syndrome: A condition in which there is no proper digestion, absorption and assimilation of food in the gastro intestinal tract
Mamsadhatu: Muscle tissue
Manda: Type of attribute, slow pachaka pitta, form of pitt chakra
Mandagni: Diminished digestive capacity
Manomaya kosha: Mental sheath
Mantra: Sacred sounds
Manusmriti: Compendia, Marga -pathway or tract
Marga: Path or tract
Marma: A junction point between consciousness and matter or weak Vital points.
Matsyendrasana: Yoga posture with spinal twist
Mayurasana: Yoga posture like peacock
Meda: Fat tissue
Microcosm: A diminutive representative world; a system more or less analogous to a much larger system
Moong: A type of pulse
Mridu: Type of attribute, soft
Muladhara chakra: First chakra
Mutravaha srotas: Urinary system
Nadi pariksha: Pulse examination
Nadi vigyana: Pulse diagnosis
Nag: Type of vata in yoga
Nasya: Nasal administration of therapy
Nauli: Action like pitching of boat in stormy sea
Nauli chalana: A process in which the abdominal muscles are made to move vertically and laterally in surging motion
Nidana: Etiological factor or diagnosis of disease
Nidana panchaka: Five ways to diagnose a disease
Nirama: Without ama or toxic substance
Ojas: The purest expression of metabolism; the final end product of correct digestion and assimilation of food
Om : Seed mantra
Palpation: The act of feeling with the hand; the application of the fingers with light pressure to the surface of the body for the purpose of determining the consistancy of the parts beneath
Panchakrama: The five cleansing (purification) methods to get rid of excess Doshas.
Papad: Made from dried lentils; eaten fried or roasted
Parkinsonism: A neurologic disorder characterized by tremors, muscle rigidity and slow movements
Parpati: medicinal preperation of sulphur and mercury
Paschimotanasana: head to knee yoga posture
Pavanamuktasana: knee to chest yoga posture
Percussion: The act of striking a bodily part with short, sharp blows as a diagnostic aid that reveals the condition of that area of the body
Peristalsis: Rhythmic contraction of smooth muscle that forces food through the digestive tract
Pharyngitis: Inflammation of the throat
Physiognomy: The study of facial features
Pichila: type of attribute, slimy
Pingala: carries solar energy, right nostril
Pippali: herb / Piper longum
Pitta: the dosha responsible for metabolism (closely identified with agni, the body's vital heat)
Poorvakarma: Procedures done prior
Poultice: A soft moist substance applied hot to the surface of the body for the purpose of supplying heat and moisture
Pradhana: main, prominent
Pragya aparadh: the "mistake of the intellect" (i.e., identifying with the part and losing the whole)
Prajny aparadh: volitional transgression
Prakriti: primal nature, natural state, constitution
Prakriti-nature: referring either to one's individual nature (body type) or to Nature as a whole
Prana: It is vital energy (life-energy) which activates the body and mind. Prana is responsible for the higher cerebral functions, the motor and sensory activities. The prana located in the head is the vital prana, while prana which is present in the cosmic air is nutrient prana. There is a constant exchange of energy between vital prana and nutrient prana through respiration. During inspiration, the nutrient prana enters the system and nourishes the vital prana. During expiration, subtle waste products are expelled.
Pranavaha srotas: respiratory system
Pranayama : respiratory exercise, also called "balanced breathing"
Prapaka: primary stage of digestion
Prashama: alliviation of dosha
Prithvi: element earth
Psoriasis: A disease in which areas of skin turn red and are covered with small dry pieces of skin
Psychosomatic: Pertaining to the mind-body relationship: an illness caused by anxiety and worry
Ptosis: An abnormal condition of one or both upper eyelids in which the eyelid droops.
Purisha: stool, faeces
Purvarupa: predormal symptoms
Rajas: the intermediate principle of energy among the three qualities of nature
Rajasic: having the nature of Rajas (Kings)
Raktamokshana: blood-letting (type of panchakarma)
Raktavaha srotas: circulatory system
Ranjaka pitta: form of pitta colouring the blood
Rasa: plasma, taste
Rasayana: Traditional Ayurvedic herbal or mineral preparation for longivity and rejuvenation
Rheumatism: Any of a large number of inflammatory conditions of the joints, ligaments or muscles, characterised by pain or limitation of movement
Rhinitis: Inflammation of the mucus membrane of the nose
Rigveda: type of veda
Ritucharya: seasonal behaviour
Ruksha: type of attribute, dry
Sadhaka pitta: type of pitta governing the brain
Sama: with ama or toxins
Samadhi: A state of equilibrium; supreme joy and bliss
Samana vata: equalising form of five vata types
Sammurchana: amalgamation between viliated dosha and dushya
Samsarga: duel vitiation of dosha.
Sandra: type of attribute, dense
Sattva: the higher principle of harmony of three qualities of nature or trigunas
Scabies: A contagious skin disease characterized by itching and peeling of the skin
Sciatica: Inflammation of the sciatic nerve characterized by lower back pain which radiates down the leg
Shakha: four limbs
Shakha marga: external disease tract
Shita: type of attribute, cold
Shlakshna: type of attribute, smooth
Shleshaka: form of kapha
Shleshaka: form of kapha lubricating joints
Shodhana: purification, detoxification
Shukra: reproductive tissue
Shukradhara kala: special membrane for reproductive system
Sira: blood vessel
Snehana: oleation therapy
Soma: bliss of pleasure, principle at work behind the mind and senses
Spondylosis: A condition of the spine characterized by fixation or stiffness of a vertebral joint
Sthana saushraya: localisation, stage of pathogenesis
Sthira: type of attribute, stable
Sthoola: type of attribute, gross
Sukshma: type of attribute, subtle
Surya Namaskara: the "sun salute,"
Sushruta: author of Sushruta Samhita, ancient Ayurvedic surgeon
Swedavaha srotas: system for sweat
Syphilis: A venereal infection transmitted through sexual contact
Tamaka shwasa: bronchial asthma
Tamas: the lower principle of inertia of omni substances
Tamasic: having the nature of tamas
Tapas: self discipline
Tarpaka: form of kapha governing brain and nerves
Teja: premordial element, fire
Tejas: mental fire
Tikshna: form of attribute, penetrating
Trataka: steady gazing
Tridosha: The three bodily organizations -Vata (air). pitta (fire) and Kapha (water) -which govern the psychosomatic activity of daily living
Udakavaha srotas: -system of water metabolism
Udanavata: upward moving type of vata
Upadhatu: offshoots of tissues
Upashama: symptoms getting relieved after treatment
Undhiya: A mixed vegetable preparation favourite among the Gujaratis
Urticaria: A blood reaction of the skin. marked by the transient appearance of smooth. slightly-elevated patches which are redder or paler than the surrounding skin. This condition often is attended by severe itching.
Vamana: medicated emesis
Vasa: fact of the muscles
Vata: the dosha responsible for all movement in the body, biological air humor.
Vata vyadhi: diseases due to aggravation of vatas
Vataj: due to vata
Vayu: another name for vat
Vedas: ancient books of knowledge presenting the spiritual signs of awareness
Vipaka: metabolised part of drug, the after taste of food in the body
Yakrit : Liver
principle of treatment in Ayurveda focuses on bringing back the
normalcy of functions of systems by various methods. The method is a
process of changing the condition through different steps and there
by establish the equilibrium of doshas (humours). In fact treatment
is directed to perform a well-planned re-arrangement in the subtle
plane according to Ayurveda.
Beneficial Daily Routines
Daily Ayurvedic Regimens
Our bodies naturally work on clearing excess toxins out of our body during the nighttime hours. These toxins are deposited in our colon and skin. That is why it is important to take care of personal hygiene first thing in the morning. We must remove these toxins from the body by bathing and eliminating to prevent them from backing up and becoming reabsorbed by the body
But Ayurveda delves deeper. Besides the skin texture, hair type and body quality, Ayurveda lays accent on the way we move and carry ourselves, the lifestyle we follow, the freshness we emanate etc. Ayurveda does not see beauty as a cosmetic affair. Ayurveda calls for self care and also development of positive routines and rituals that will help bring out the best in us.
Sit comfortably and quietly with palms up and open, placed on knees, like empty bowls. Open the mouth slightly and touch the tongue to the roof of the mouth, behind the front teeth. Pay attention to the breath. Let the lungs breathe with no effort on your part. Breath is object of awareness. Simply watch the movement of breath. As you are watching the movement of your breath, pay attention to the tip of your nose. Just be aware of the touch of air going into the nose. Cool air going in, warm air coming out. Sit this way, quietly, observing breath, for about 5 minutes.
After 5 minutes, follow the breath. Go with the air into the nose, throat, heart, diaphragm, deep down into the belly behind the belly button, where you will experience a natural stop. Stay in this stop for a fraction of a second, then follow the breath on exhalation, as it reverses its course up from the belly behind the diaphragm, heart, throat, out through the nose. and out of the body to about 9" in front of the nose to a second stop.
The first stop is behind the belly button, the second stop is outside the body in space. At these two stops, breath stops. At these two stops, time stops. Movement of breath is time. In these two stops, only existence is present. In these two stops you are surrounded by peace and love. In these stops, God is present. In these stops you become like an empty bowl. The moment you become like an empty bowl, the divine lips can touch you. God will seek you and pour benediction into you. Let the lungs breathe and you become the empty bowl. Practice this meditation for 15 minutes in the morning and in the evening. As you practice this meditation, over the days, weeks, months, you will find your time in the stops naturally prolonging until eventually inner and outer will merge at the 3rd eye and everything will happen within you.
You may also practice this meditation in a prone position
The first definition of agni is the element of Fire, the second of the five elements in the body. It also denotes the digestive fire which regulates temperature, performs digestion, absorption, and assimilation of ingested food, and transforms food into energy or consciousness.
Agni Tea is a simple beverage that helps to regulate and stimulate your digestive capacity, improving all the functions of digestive agni
1 quart Water
1 pinch Cayenne
2 handfuls Minced gihger root
2 Tbs. Sucanat or other sweetener
1 to 2 tsp. Rock salt
Bring all of the above ingredients to a boil. Boil for 20 minutes.
Take the pot off the burner and cool for a few minutes
Add the juice of 1/2 lime. Do not boil the lime juice.
Pour into a thermos and enjoy throughout the day
Ayurveda treatment consists of four basic forms, namely - medicine
or drug therapy, pancha (five) karma (actions/ systems), dietary
regime and regulation of lifestyle. And works in two fundamental
ways - cure and prevention.
Eternally fascinated by the uncertainty of the future, man has been
equally engrossed in various studies that allow a peek into the
same. Amongst the more significant ones is Astrology, a significant
branch of Ayurveda, that scientifically studies planetary movements
and their effect on human constitutions and lives.
A thorough understanding of Ayurveda
reveals that it is not merely a medical system dealing with physical
symptoms, but a wonderful science that teaches one to attain self
realization and attain a permanent state of joy and happiness. This
treatment system can cure even diseases for which modern medicine or
allopathy doesn't have remedies. For those who have recently been
introduced to Ayurveda, this section helps to build a strong base
for understanding Ayurveda in its original form.
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