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In the modern times, where living and other day-to-day chores have become extremely easy with the help of technology, at the same, our lives have become more complex and intricate. In spite of all the comfort and luxury, there is one thing that our ultra-advanced modern world fails to provide – mental peace and inner health. In the competitive world of today and the lifestyle we are living, there are many diseases that have sprung up and are growing rapidly due to stress and poor lifestyle. But to safeguard us from the vicious cycle of unhealthy habits and stress, Ayurveda, the ancient science of healthcare is catering to us in every possible manner.
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is 5000 years old healthcare system, an ancient practice of natural healing that is more than just a system of preventing and curing diseases. Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word in which ‘Ayur’ means ‘life’ and ‘Veda’ means ‘science’. Ayurveda has its origin in the Vedic times, designed to help the people stay healthy and fit, both mentally and physically to lead a meaningful life.
Ayurveda and Modern Lifestyle
Ayurveda provides holistic therapy and treatment to prevent and combat physical as well as mental health issues and ailments. Ayurveda emphasizes healthy habits, including eating, sleeping and exercising, and the pattern helps us to change our sedentary lifestyle into a healthy and better one.
Ayurveda is a way of life and works on the two major aims:
- Swasthya Samrakshanam means maintaining the health of a person who is already healthy.
- Aaturasya Vikara Prashamanam means curing the diseases of an ill person.
The ancient practice of Ayurveda works on the principle (also prevalent in modern lifestyle) that any health issue or disease is caused due to poor lifestyle practices and due to an imbalance in the body components or Dosha- Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. These are also known as Ayurvedic Body Dosha.
The Ayurveda practice and treatment of both in ancient and modern times is based on the correction and restoration of these doshas.
Health Benefits of Ayurveda in Modern Life
Ayurveda works on maintaining the health of each body part and the basic practice starts with following the Ayurvedic Dinacharya or daily routine. According to Ayurveda, a person needs to wake up before sunrise, as waking up early helps maintain a sound mental health and homeostasis. Ayurveda suggests a person needs to take 7-8 hours of daily sleep.
Follow this up with a body cleansing process. So, as you wake up, drink 1-2 glass of warm water and flush toxins out from the body. This is followed by personal hygiene regime that includes brushing teeth, cleaning tongue, washing face, eyes, nose, and ears, and trimming the hair and nails.
As per Ayurveda the daily meals should be balanced and taken on the set time, for the optimal functioning of the body.
Correcting lifestyle according to Ayurveda helps us to understand the body and gain a complete mind-body balance. Imbibe authentic ayurvedic practices to experience its wonders in real.
By Manmohan Singh
who is practicing yoga and Ayurveda from last 12 years. He is associated with “Yoga Retreat Kerala” blog as an editor. In this blog he has mentioned about “Ayurveda Benefits in our Regular Life”.