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More about Ayurveda & Yoga

Ayurveda advocates that every living and non-living being has five basic elements (Pancha Maha Bhoothas) in them namely earth, water, fire, air and ether which manifest itself in the human body as Vatha, Pitha and Kabha (or the Tridoshas).

Air and ether form the Vatha principle, fire the Pitha principle and earth and water the Kapha principle. Every human being has his Prakruti (Constitutional Nature) determined by the dominance of Vatha, Pitha or Kabha or their combinations. Harmony in Prakruthi indicates good health.

The cause of a disease is diagnosed and treatment prescribed by monitoring the Tridoshas, Dhatus (that which supports the body functions), Malas (the metabolic bi-products formed in the body), Agni (which is responsible for metabolism) and the Prakruti of the patient. The outcome of an Ayurvedic treatment is ideal health, a relaxed mind and rejuvenated body.

Yoga is perhaps the world’s first system to recognize the connection and interaction between body and mind. References to Yoga can be seen in many ancient texts such as the Bhagavad Gita, Mahabharatha, the Vedas etc. The most distinguished and noted propagator of Yoga was the great sage Patanjali, the author of the treatise “Yoga Sutras.” He was perhaps the first to record the principles of Yoga handed over from generations to generations orally.

One of the six systems of Indian philosophical thought, Yoga is the art of living a healthy and contended life. It is the science of man identifying the approach required for physical well-being, mental peace, harmony and moral elevation.

A person trying to master Yoga must understand that it is a long journey with constant need of perseverance, persistence, dedication and total surrender. It also necessitates the involvement of Yoga principles in every aspect of life.