The primary emphasis of Ayurveda is prevention of disease and promotion of health and the bulk of this science revolves around diet and lifestyle. Our body tissues wear and tear daily and it is important to…
As we grow older, our body tends to gain more weight and it can be challenging to lose the unwanted fat. According to Ayurveda one of the main causes of unwanted stubborn fat is due to low metabolism (digestive fire or “agni”). Ayurveda distinctly draws a difference between weight loss and weight management. Most weight loss programs are focussed on the body and have a short-term effect while Ayurvedic weight management adopts a holistic outlook and is therefore more sustainable. Ayurveda takes a holistic view on weight loss which includes a mind-body wellness.
According to Ayurveda, fasting is a good way of “resetting” the body’s metabolism. Undigested or unmetabolized food, called “Ama” which when accumulated in the body, blocks the body’s micro channels (srota) thereby causing several digestive disorders and long-term ailments. When the channels are blocked, nutrients do not get assimilated properly into the cells and can cause sluggishness, bloating, fatigue, bad breath, constipation and other related digestive disorders. Depending on your body-type (Prakriti) and health condition, Ayurveda recommends occasional detox or fasting but strongly cautions that fasting should be customised based on your body type (Prakriti), your age, lifestyle, seasons, health condition and so on.
One of Ayurveda’s gift to mankind is its detailed steps to prevent disease. According to Ayurveda, health is the foundation of achieving any goals in our life – be it pursuing education, wealth, sports, leisure, business starting a family and so on. Our body is a medium or tool for enjoyment in all areas of life and therefore we need to maintain our body-mind complex in an optimum state. The primary goal of Ayurveda is to maintain and preserve and promote the health of a healthy person and to prevent disease.
Many times, people focus externally caring for their physical bodies and overlook that lasting beauty starts from within. The mind also plays a crucial role in enhancing your beauty. Ayurveda clearly states that the mind and body are inseparable entities and what affects the mind will affect the body and vice versa. Ayurveda essentially advises a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle (swasthavritta, dinacharya, ritucharya) in order to maintain one’s beauty. Lasting beauty in Ayurveda is the outcome of nourishment, pleasant mind, long life, clear thoughts and peace of mind. In Ayurveda skin is called Twak and is dominated by the 5 different types of Vayu (Pancha prana or 5 Vayu) where each play a different rold in maintaining skin health. Pitta and Kapha play their role in controlling body heat and skin complexion while Kapha functions to maintain fluid balance. By understanding the principles of VPK one can learn how to delay ageing as well as age gracefully. This being the foundation of lasting beauty, Ayurveda also offers solution for skin care and hair care through herbs application. At this workshop you will learn the ancient secrets of inner beauty through Ayurveda and some simple beauty tips for your face and hair using natural herbs.
Several studies show that stress is an underlying cause of many ailments such as insomnia, nervousness, high blood pressure, respiratory disorders, diabetes, depression and even cancer. Stress not only suppresses the immune system, but hampers sleep and brain function thereby leading to long term neurological health issues.
Both Ayurveda and Yoga talks in detail about mental health and the importance of balancing the mind. A person is considered truly healthy if and only if their mind is healthy. Any kind of imbalance of the mind (sadness, anger, grief, frustration, worry, anxiety, fear, pain, guilt and so on) is known as Manasa Dosha and will slowly percolate into the body and manifest as physical ailment. Excessive Vata (Space+Air) leads to separation, fear, isolation and so on; excessive Pitta (Fire+Water) leads to anger, frustration etc and so on; excessive Kapha (Water+Earth) leads to depression, sluggishness, lack of motivation.
The classical text of Ayurveda, Ashtanga Hrdayam starts off its first chapter with the Quest for Longevity (AH Su,1). It recognises that as we get older our muscles tend to stiffen, our joints lose their range of motion and we become more susceptible to chronic problems such as osteoporosis, arthritis and heart disease. We also notice a lot of mental changes apart from the physical changes.
Ayurveda strongly advocates that health is the foundation and if the foundation is right, we can age gracefully. Furthermore, research shows that Caregivers experience stress and burnt-out while taking care of the elderly.
At this workshop, you will learn the importance of ageing gracefully and self-care during the ageing process. You will also taught simple tips to manage stress and prevent burnout as well as a techniques of joint care for yourself and the elderly
Many people take sleep for granted and recent research shows that lack of sleep can lead to several health related problem including problems and memory related issues. Ayurveda strongly asserts that human life is… supported by 3 Pillars namely Food (Ahara), Sleep (Nidra) and Self Mastery (Brahmacharya). Ayurveda states that sleep is as important as diet in maintaining health and balance in the body. Ayurveda considers sleep to be vital in body’s healing, repair and rejuvenation. Your body naturally repairs and heals itself during sleep. The mind and emotions also become balanced through sleep. When we have sound sleep, our body is regenerating and restoring at a deeper level. Science shows that the “night hormone” called melatonin, peaks thereb
According to Ayurveda and Yoga it is important that Parent’s bond with their child at an early age for the healthy physical and mental growth of the child. Every word that is uttered by the parent is absorbed by the child both consciously and sub-consciously. The first 5-7 years of a child’s life is the time when the child is very open and receptive to its environment including home environment. Science shows that the child’s brain is primarily in Theta and Delta wave patterns thereby making them very open to suggestions.
Ayurveda asserts that digestion is not about calorie counting or mere digestion in stomach but the ability of your body to digest, transport, assimilate, process and absorb and convert the food into energy to build repair and sustain your body. Digestion plays a critical role in the natural healing process. Ayurveda’s main theme for health is ensuing that you have a healthy GI (Gastrointestinal) tract and healthy digestion which in turn defines your health. When functioning at its optimum level, your GI tract converts food into energy and nutrition to build, repair and sustain your body. At this workshop you will learn the different body types (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) and how to eat healthy based on your body type. You will also learn 5 tips to improve your digestion.
According to Ayurveda, the doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) are further divided into sub-doshas and vision is governed by Alochaka Pitta (a sub-dosha of Pitta dosha). Pitta is a combination of Fire+Water and absorbs different images, colours and processes visual images. At subtle level Pitta gives clarity, light and understanding. Excessive use of smart phone can cause your eyesight to deteriorate thereby creating imbalance in Pitta dosha and affecting your eyesight as well as sleep. When Vata is aggravated it can lead to dryness thereby causing optic nerves to “dry up” causing dry eyes. Both Yoga and Ayurveda have proven eye-exercise techniques called Trataka to balance the doshas thereby improving eye sight and eye condition. At this workshop, you will learn the interrelationship between dosha (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) and their connection with eyes. You will also learn simple eye exercises s that you can practice while sitting at your office desk. You
According to Ayurveda and Yoga we are a part of the Universe – “as is the macrocosm, so is the microcosm” is an Ayurvedic saying. Just as a seed has its innate intelligence to become a tree with leaves, flowers fruits and self-produce, we too have our innate intelligence within ourselves. We just need to tap into our own inner wellbeing to bring out the innate potential within us.