Benefits of Yoga and Ayurveda In Our Daily Lives
Guest Post by Manmohan Singh- Yogi, Yoga Teacher
Yoga and Ayurveda are two branches of the Vedic Tree encompassing the knowledge of human life and the entire universe. Both Yoga and Ayurveda are interrelated healing disciplines of India. Each of it represents unique characteristics, but each discipline overlaps into one another on various levels.
Yoga: The Science of Self-Realization
Yoga is a spiritual science that sprouted and flourished on the soil of India. It is the practice of asanas, pranayama, and meditation, mantra, affirmations, visualizations, and many others that illuminate the lives of practitioners with wellness and purpose. Yogic methods encompass our entire existence — from the physical, psychological, sensory, emotional, and spiritual. From the Himalayan ages to the present, the science of yoga has evolved to suit the particular requirements of each age and person. It’s like a Banyan tree, and under its shelter, a yoga devotee gains solidarity, nourishment, and realizes his/her highest potential.
- Flexibility, Strength & Postures: For the swift movement of muscles in daily life, flexibility and strength are important. The performance of postures like plank asana, crow asana, downward-facing dog asana, firefly asana work on strengthening the vehicles of mobility– the arms, legs, shoulders, abdominal muscles. A few minutes in warrior pose can enhance your flexibility by heaps and bounds. And, daily yoga works on the posture allowing you to sit, stand, and walk taller without aches.
- Healthy Weight: If you are overweight, you probably search for myriad ways to lose unwanted flab. Diets and workouts can help you become thin. But, having a low body mass index (BMI) is equally dangerous as having a higher one. Yoga as a form of physical exercise is an advocate of healthy weight. The physical practice of yoga bears a psychological impact that makes practitioners mindful eaters. Conscious eaters put in their bellies healthy meals when they are hungry and not when they feel like. Yoga retreat in Nepal is one golden opportunity to taste the organic meals that are nutritiously delicious.
- Breathe More Breathe Better: We all breathe is a fact of life. And, we breathe incorrectly is the other fact. The saddest thing about these facts is the fact that we are oblivious to it. In daily life, we do not use our full lung capacity to breathe which results in less oxygen intake. Also, when we are stressed, we take shorter breaths. Yogic breathing exercises help a practitioner learn the art of breathing full and rejuvenating breaths. The application of this art during anxious moments brings calmness.
- Be Happier: Be happy whenever possible. It is always possible with meditation. Meditation practices increase the level of serotonin (the happy hormone) and GABA in the brain. Daily meditation for 15 minutes can enhance your brain functioning and mood.
Ayurveda: The Science of Self-Healing
Like Yoga, Ayurveda was born and has grown in the land of India. With many layers, much diversity, rich-long history, Ayurveda is the most remarkable medicinal system of the world. Due to continuous development, this system is relevant for people of all times. Ayurveda science covers physical, mental, and spiritual health. It is an ancient system that heals with herbs, diet, lifestyle regimen, and yoga practices based on a comprehensive understanding of an individual’s composition. It is the secret of optimal healing and development of all human beings as per the laws of nature.
- Healthy and Light Body: Physically and mentally, we carry the load of toxins. Toxic buildup in the body is the manifestation of an unhealthy eating, sedentary lifestyle, stress, etc. Ayurveda practices like herbal massages and healthy eating aids in detoxification of the body and mind. When the body is free of ama, you feel healthy. On yoga retreat Nepal, you can enjoy massages and nurturing meals.
- Balanced Doshas: An individual body is composed of three doshas Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. These three are the important determinants of one’s wellness. Ayurveda is the science of balanced doshas. Its practices are designed to maintain Vata, Pitta, and Kapha in a state of balance.
- Fiery Agni: Good health starts with good digestion. Good digestion occurs because of strong Agni. Ayurveda recommended daily regimen and food can enkindle digestive Agni and digestion. Optimal digestion helps a person maintain ideal body weight.
- Mind-Body Wellness: Ayurveda is known as a sister science of Yoga. It supports the practice of yoga asanas and meditation along with adherence to Ayurveda principles. Together, they promote a greater sense of physical, psychological, and emotional wellbeing.
The science of Yoga and Ayurveda unite and harmonize the senses, mind, prana, body, and spirit that make a complete self.
Manmohan singh is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveller in India. He organizes 200 hour yoga teacher training in Nepal. Manmohan singh conducts Yoga Teacher Training in India in different cities He loves writing and reading books related to yoga, health, nature and the Himalayas.