Yogic Kriyas are cleansing techniques used to purify the body and mind which ultimately open the different pathways of the body, the nadis, the pranic body, the mind, and the heart. Kriyas are more popularly called Shat Karmas.
We are very proud of our external cleaniness, but don’t care of internal cleaniness and we always carry a lots toxins in our body. After sometimes these toxins become different chronic diseases. Every day are rotting from inside, as evidenced by horrible smell from their mouths, grey skin color, and deep wrinkles.
Yogic Kriyas are cleansing techniques that cleanse various internal organs of the body. They are also called shatkriyas or shatkarma because they are six in number, commonly known as Neti, Dhauti,Basti, Trataka, Nauli and Kapalbhati.
Naturopathy is a natural healing technique using the healing powers of nature without medicine. The principle of Naturopathy is that the accumulation of toxins is the root cause of all diseases. Prevention and elimination of toxins is the route to health. Treatments are based on the 5 great elements of nature that have immense healing properties. There is no role of internal medications in the nature cure system.
The Five elements of nature and the treatments based on them are :
» Earth – Mud baths, Mud packs,
» Water – Hydrotherapeutic methods in the form of Baths, Jets, Douches, Packs, Compresses, Immersions
» Air – Breathing exercises, Outdoor walking, Open air baths
» Fire – Sun baths, Colour charged oils / water
» Ether – Fasting therapy
Marma therapy is an ancient Ayurvedic practice whose focus is the manipulation of subtle energy points (prana) in the body for the purposes of supporting the healing process. Marma therapy is the original point system of healing in the body based on the utilization of 107 points in the body which are considered to be access points to body, mind and consciousness.
Knowledge of marma was not separate from Ayurveda. Discussion of the marma points is found in most of the great texts of Ayurveda but the most famous text to explore the subject is the Sushruta Samhita. An important principle of marma therapy is quite simple. Where a strong blow can cause injury, a mild touch can cause healing. This is the most important principle of Marma therapy. When the knowledge of marma is combined with an ability to both perceive and direct the flow of prana, marma chikitsa becomes a powerful tool for influencing the healing of every known condition.
Yagya is a scientific method aimed at the finest utilization of the subtle properties of sacrifised matter with the help of the thermal energy of fire and the sonic vibrations of the mantras. In the process of yagya, herbal and plant medicinal sacrifices are made in the fire of specific type of wood in especially designed fire-pit or brick and clay structure called (yagya) Kunda. Slow combustion, sublimation, and most prominently, the transformation into vapor phase of the sacrifised herbal and plant medicinal and nutritious substances takes place in the yagya-fire.
Inhalation therapy and environmental purification are paramount applications of yagya apart from its enormous sublime impact and auspicious spiritual effects cited with reverence in the Shastric Literature.
Usually the internal structure of the fire-pit is that of an inverted pyramid, which amounts to controlled variation of temperature and optimal dissipation of energy. The shapes are selected according to the type and purpose of yagya. The size depends upon how many people are supposed to perform yagya simultaneously for how long, and how big an area is to be covered, and for what application, etc?
» Direct reach to each part of the body.
» Painless, risk less, harmonious effects.
» Excellent remedy for psychosomatic disorders.
» Treatment of Neurosis, psychosis, schizophrenia, Depression , Melancholia, Hysteria.
An ayurvedic massage helps eliminate toxins through purification, strengthens the muscle tone, increase flexibility, relaxes and rejuvenates the body. Also known as hard body massage, Ayurvedic massages are given using hands, feet, elbows, forearms and well-oiled balls.
Ayurvedic massage involving tapping, kneading, squeezing and traditional massage strokes is done by using essential oils to suit individual doshas. The style and intensity of massage depends on the individual’s need for balance and well being at the time. An Ayurvedic therapist focuses on the “marma points”, which are similar to the pressure points in reflexology, acupuncture and acupressure.
Modern busy lifestyles lead to poor health in many ways. However, the use of simple and natural methods can significantly improve health and vitality. Detoxification therapy is a unique feature of Ayurveda involving the complete cleansing of body and thereby eliminating vitiated doshas. The technique effectively treats doshic balances in their advanced stages. Vitiated doshas causing blocked channels in a system, which needs purification, approach.
Shirodhara is one of the great purification and rejuvenating therapy. The word shirodhara breaks down into two ideas: shiro, meaning head, and dhara which means flow. Together they form a concept that aims to bring physical and emotional balance by rejuvenating the spirit and preserving health. This is achieved through a relaxing technique in which warmed oil is poured over a client?s forehead for an extended period of time. There are specialized forms of shirodhara called tailadhara, ksheeradhara, takradhara and jaladhara.
Shirodhara works primarily on the mental sheath or “Nervous system” as it is referred to in Ayurveda. Shirodhara is traditionally used to calm the nerves, harmonize vata constitutions, restore the nerves, release stored emotions, and purify the mind. In Ayurvedic Medicine, it is considered an important tool in the pursuit of higher states of consciousness. Shirodhara has been traditionally shown to help with fatigue, mental exhaustion, anxiety, insomnia, some mental disorders, headache, excessive thinking, nervousness, and many other conditions commonly affecting persons in today?s activelifestyle.
memory, nourishes hair and scalp, assists in providing sound sleep and calms the body and mind. Shirodhara is one of the most effective treatments for reducing stress and nervous tension.
» Beneficial for many diseases connected with the head, neck, eyes, ears, nose and throat
» Beneficial for many diseases of the nervous system like nerve disorders, facial palsy, paralysis and ptosis (drooping) of the eyelids.
» Beneficial for curing long standing insomnia and schizophrenia
» Beneficial for fits in epilepsy when used in conjunction with other medicines
» Prevents hair lose, premature graying and cracking of hair
» Nourishes and rejuvenates the body
» Stimulates the nervous system giving sturdiness to the body
» Improves digestion
» Sharpens the sense organs
» Improves the quality of voiceGives strength to the neck and head
» Improves the health of the skin
» Cools the body and relieves pain.
» Invigorates the body and mind and stimulate cognitive memories
» Helps relieve fatigue, tension, anxiety, anger, chronic headaches, rheumatism, hypertension, asthma, hair problems and stress
» Disperses negative electrical impulses that accumulate at the skull and hairline from stress.
» Renews the sweetness of life
» Rejuvenates the entire face and softens worry lines
» Opens the third eye of lord Shiva by this therapeutic Marma based head massage
» Activates the pituitary gland
» Increases spiritual awareness
» Regulates mood and depression disorders
» Activates the memory & stimulates the 6 & 7th charka which regulates our breathing patterns.
» Increases intuition
» It improves concentration, intelligence, confidence and self-esteem
A diet that is wholly conducive to the practice of Yoga and spiritual upliftment is called Yogic diet. Diet has intimate connection with the mind. Mind is formed out of the subtlest portion of food. Sage Uddalaka instructs his son Svetaketu “Food, when consumed becomes threefold: the gross particles become excrement, the middling ones flesh and the fine ones the mind. My child, when curd is churned, its fine particles which rise upwards, form butter. Thus, my child, when food is consumed, the fine particles which rise upwards form the mind. Hence verily the mind is food.” Again you will find in the Chhandogya Upanishad: “By the purity of food one becomes purified in his inner nature; by the purification of his inner nature he verily gets memory of the Self; and by the attainment of the memory of the Self, all ties and attachments are severed.”
Diet is of three kinds viz., Sattvic diet, Rajasic diet and Tamasic diet. Milk, barely, wheat, cereals, butter, cheese, tomatoes, honey, dates, fruits, almonds and sugar-candy are all Sattvic foodstuffs. They render the mind pure and calm. Fish, eggs, meat, salt, chillies and asafoetida are Rajasic foodstuffs. They excite passion. Beef, wine, garlic, onions and tobacco are Tamasic foodstuffs. They fill the mind with anger, darkness and inertia.
Lord Krishna says to Arjuna: “The food which is dear to each is threefold. Hear the distinctions of these. The foods which increase vitality, energy, vigour, health and joy and which are delicious, bland, substantial and agreeable are dear to the pure. The passionate desire foods that are bitter, sour, saline, excessively hot, pungent, dry and burning and which produce pain, grief and disease. The food which is stale, tasteless, putrid and rotten, leavings and impure is dear to the Tamasic.” (Bhagavad-Gita. Ch. XVII-8, 9, 10).
Eat very slowly and chew your food properly. Eating fast does not allow the time for satiating signals to reach your brain from your abdomen resulting in overeating. By chewing the food properly, saliva can better mix with food and make it easily digestible. Body is able to make full use of food you eat and helps you to maintain better health. Principles of yoga diet are time tested and very easy to follow. To lead a healthy life one has to establish a dietary pattern that will sustain good health. Yoga and diet are essential components of good health and happiness. Eat to live and not live to eat.
Drink 10 to 12 glasses of water everyday. Drink water half an hour before meals. Avoid drinking water with food and take water after food with the gap of 45minuts. Drinking of two glasses of water when you wake up is ideal for health.
It is ideal if you can avoid tea and coffee completely should ayurvedic. Otherwise limit your tea or coffee intake to 1 or 2 cups per day. Excess of tea and coffee leads to constipation, insomnia and nervousness in addition to extra calories each cup of tea or coffee pumps into our bodies.
According to Ayurveda, fill only 50% of your stomach with food, 25% of your stomach for water and keep 25% of your stomach empty. If your stomach is overstuffed, it is not properly digested. You will feel uncomfortable and your body is forced to digest extra food and also work for eliminating it. By overeating, your abdominal system is strained and body becomes sluggish. Finally, it leads to gaining of extra weight. Eat only when you feel hungry and eliminate any snacks in between the meals.
More people fall sick due to overeating or wrong dietary habits as compared to people who get sick due to non availability of food. Observe moderation in quantity of food we eat. People who keep on over eating without proper understanding of the principles of eating are bound to harm themselves physically and mentally. One golden rule to avoid overeating is, not to have any type of snacks between your meals.