Ayurveda means science of life (‘Ayur’ means life and ‘Veda’ means science) and it originated in India over 5000 years ago. It advocates practices necessary for people’s wellness and harmony. Ayurveda is based on natural healing and helps to treat the root cause of psychological and physical illness by balancing mind, body and spirit with the help of natural wild herbs, yoga, massage therapy, meditation, rejuvenation & detoxification. These herbs have no side effects and are used in the form of herbal supplements, massage oils, hair and body cleaners, etc.
According to Ayurveda, our body is comprised of five elements: air, water, fire, earth and space, and these elements combine inside our body to form three biological forces or Doshas i.e. Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Imbalance of these three Doshas leads to the state of illness. Ayurveda focuses on the type of body of the person rather than focusing on the type of disease.
Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word ‘yuj’ which means to yoke or to join. Yoga brings emotional stability and clarity of mind and improves the functioning of respiratory, circulatory, digestive and hormonal systems. It is an excellent spiritual practice that balances the individual constitution and brings a system of well-being by integrating body, mind, and soul.
1. Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskaar)
It is an exercise of the muscles, joints and the spinal cord performed at dawn while facing the Sun. Spine is stretched forward and backward with the involvement of inhalation and exhalation. Body gets stimulated and creative forces radiate inside our body like an internal Sun.
· Relieves stress
· Tones up the abdominal muscles
· Normalizes the endocrine glands and blood sugar levels
· Prevents loss or graying of hair
· Reduces fat
2. Plough Pose (Halasana)
As a plough makes hard ground soft, this position (asana) stretches our veins and reduces the stiffness of the body. Plough pose alleviates the effects of stress and strain by resting and relaxing our eyes and brain.
· Relieves fatigue and boosts energy levels
· Relieves pain, cramp in muscles and joints
· Rejuvenates abdominal organs and improves digestion
· Lengthens the spine and improves alignment
3. Shoulder Stand Pose ( Sarvangasana)
It is an inverted position for the rejuvenation and freshness of all body systems by healthy blood circulation.
· Stimulates thyroid and parathyroid gland
· Alleviates hypertension
· Alleviates asthma, bronchitis and throat ailments
· Calms the nervous system
4. Bow Pose (Dhanurasana)
The body stretches and takes the shape of a strained bow. Weight of our body is mainly on the abdomen.
· Favorable effect on enzyme producing organs, liver, pancreas, small intestine and big intestine.
· Blood circulation in arms and legs gets improved
· Strengthens abdominal muscles