Ayurveda is an ancient practice that originated in India and is now widely followed in various parts of the world. Ayurveda teaches a holistic lifestyle that is inclusive of nature. Ayurveda preaches that humans and nature are one and the same and dictates the right way to intertwine the both.
Ayurveda has bestowed the world with miraculous gifts such as Kumkumadi thailam, murivenna oil (thailam), ashwagandha lehyam etc. These ayurvedic products are considered to be jewels in restoring age and vitality in any human. The practices of ayurveda were long forgotten when the east started following the methods of the west, allowing allopathy and modern lifestyle to take over the simple and natural living that existed in India.
Fortunately, more and more people are now rediscovering ayurvedic methods and repopularising these.
Ayurveda describes human bodies reciprocating the elements similar to the universe. The universe consists of 5 elements namely Air, sky, water, earth and fire. Similarly, Ayurveda believes that the human body also consists of these 5 elements together called as Panchamahabootas. These elements exist in various different forms, shapes and combinations in each individual. The ups and downs of each particular element may give rise to physical conditions or extremities which are referred to as doshas. Doshas are of 3 types: Vata Dosha, Pitta Dosha and Kapha dosha. Ayurveda tries to understand the science behind these doshas and derives its treatments and medicines from mother nature, as these doshas represent the universal elements in itself. Ayurveda believes any disease or illness can be cured with just a slight alteration or attention that needs to be given to one of the 3 doshas in the body.
The Ayurvedic Life
The inculcation of Ayurveda in our daily life has been detailed in the Vedas, the jewels of Hindu mythology. The Vedas are guidelines to each and every aspect of our life and the principles to be followed in each of them: Life, Health, Work, Education etc. The inclusion of ayurvedic principles in our life would do us unimaginable benefits. Some the main principles that can used in our day to day life is listed below:
1.Sunrise and Sunset
Ayurveda credits major importance to the time of sunrise and sunset in correlation with our body. It is important to rise with the sun and settle down when the sun sets. Our bodies are designed to respond to sunlight and therefore, being awake and active when the sun is out is most beneficial for the human body.
2.Whole, organic foods
Ayurveda believes in Satvik living, that is vegetarianism. This should not be confused with veganism, as dairy is a huge part of ayurvedic food. It is said that the body needs whole foods that is directly from nature, not from the factories. These are the kind of foods that the human body is used to and responds well to. Do not expose your body to toxins or chemicals from packaged, canned foods.
3.Use of Ayurvedic herbs in daily life
Some herbs in Ayurveda are a gift from god. These herbs were meant to be used in food or as medicine and that is why they grow widely and exist so close to us. Include herbs such as turmeric, cloves and tulsi in your daily food. Use herbs such as kumari, sigru and karanja to prepare murivenna oil which is a lifesaver for many common ailments such as joint pain, minor fractures, inflammation etc. Use lehyams prepared from ayurvedic herbs such as ashwagandha and vilwadi to treat issues related to digestion and chronic pain. Use bringadhi and kumkumadi in preparing oil for the hair and body for glowing skin and hair. These are some of the most powerful herbs in ayurveda.
4.Yoga and meditation
Whenever someone talks about ayurveda, it is easy to link it with yoga and meditation. Ayurveda recommends that every person get at least 30 minutes of yoga or any form of exercise or meditation in ample air and mild sunlight to activate the various chakras in the human body. The various issues in our body can easily be solved when there is blood rushing to each and every organ with fresh clean oxygen. Combined with a good diet, yoga is sure to treat any physical illness present in the body. Meditation helps the mind to relax and realign and to attain peace and calm in this stressful world.
These are some of the principles of ayurveda which can be easily inculcated by anyone in their life. When followed diligently, these principles can provide you with immense health and spiritual benefits.