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Yoga and Ayurveda are Sister Sciences

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Yoga and Ayurveda are sister sciences that have been married together like husband and wife for thousands of years in order to heal the body/mind complex. They are two sides of the same coin that are bound together and used to attain the ultimate wealth of knowledge.

Generally, ayurveda deals more with the health and healing of the body preparing us for yoga which then purifies the mind and intellect. Their complementary attributes are to be embraced for the highest attainment of “Self Mastery”.

The ancient yogis or seers known as rishis were the original masters of all vedic sciences including yoga and ayurveda. They understood that good health is an essential asset on the path toward Moksha or Self-realization. If the body was neglected it could easily become an obstacle to spiritual practice and happiness.

Anyone who practices yoga would agree to how challenging it can be to do yoga postures if the body is not well or in good physical health. Similarly, one who practices pranayama or meditation would find it extremely difficult to practice if they were ill and fatigued.

Thus Ayurveda, the ancient art and science originating from India, keeps us healthy on our spiritual quest and the journey home. Yoga and ayurveda have a mutually supportive relationship because they offer many methods to prevent and heal diseases and disorders. In addition, ayurveda and yoga as sister sciences educate us about restoring balance to the body and mind by processes of purification and rejuvenation for optimum health.

Both systems share a philosophical foundation and thus have similarities in relation to mental attitude, dharma (righteous living), diet, nutrition, exercise and lifestyle. Traditionally, a student of yoga and ayurveda would first live close to a master in an ashram to do service and learn the scared teaching which were often taught orally – passed down for generations from the teacher to the student. The basic ayurvedic principles for health and longevity were considered an extremely important part and integrated as a foundation for a life of sadhana (spiritual practice).

Today, the teachings of yoga and ayurveda are easily available to all. Whether prepared or not one can embrace these practices if they are dedicated to their health, spiritual path and well-being. It is important however to learn these sacred, ancient healing practices from those who have been taught from traditional masters and schools that use traditional texts. Otherwise, the student does not receive the correct or full knowledge of what needs to be learned and practiced.

Nowadays we see that yoga is prevalent and being learned by many people from all over the world. What is often lacking is a deep foundational knowledge of ayurveda. Keeping this in mind, modern yoga practitioners would most certainly benefit from having a well educated ayurvedic practitioner, doctor or therapist teach traditional ayurveda to help them establish a healthy dinacharya (daily routine) and adjust their practice according to their constitution, dosha imbalance, stages of life, season, and so on. This is ultimately needed to prevent disease and promote longevity.

In all of our yoga and ayurveda trainings and courses which we offer, we infuse them with a traditional and practical means for reaching your goal. One of holistic health, happiness and well-being. Check out our ayurveda and yoga retreats as well as our Edmonton Yoga Training and Golden BC Yoga Training.

Jnana Yoga Vedanta and Ayurveda

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Jnana Yoga, Vedanta and Ayurveda

“What a liberation to realize that the “voice in my head” is not who I am. Who am I then? The one who sees that.” – Eckhart Tolle

Jnana Yoga and Vedanta prepare and purify the mind for a deeper understanding of ourselves which involves a knowing beyond the body, mind and intellect. Out of which we birth the capacity to become the awareness, the one who sees the actions and thoughts, as well as all the things that go on around us.

Jnana is the wisdom or knowledge one gains after removing the ignorance that has been accumulated throughout life. It develops the intrinsic human qualities to name a few which are understanding, compassion and acceptance.

In Jnana Yoga and Vedanta, we use the mind and intellect to inquire into our own essential nature and then transcend our mind’s identification with its thoughts and ego.

Ayurveda, a profound Vedic science grants us the privilege to understand the nature of spirit by teaching and practicing ways to see and move beyond the senses and also by using the senses and sense organs in a holistic and healthy way.

Slowly we can all peel away the layers, like an onion, to get to our core essential nature of who we are – Satchitananda – “Sat” “Chit” “Ananda”

Truth Consciousness Bliss Absolute

Om Shanti

Jai

 

Ayurveda Turmeric Recipes For Health And Healing

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In a recent article, I wrote about the benefits and the use of turmeric in ayurveda and the ayurvedic diet.

In this article i would like to focus on the application method and the right dosage of using turmeric.

There are many different turmeric recipes, specific turmeric doses and preparations used for health and healing conditions in ayurveda.

I often use about a teaspoon (a piece the size of my thumb) of chopped or grated fresh turmeric for a meal for two to three people.

Most of my Ayurvedic food recipes generally call for turmeric as an essential ingredient.

When using turmeric in Ayurvedic treatment, you should be careful not to take in excessive doses as it can cause an imbalance in ones constitution,

A dose of up to 3 grams of dried turmeric root or 0.5 milliliters of turmeric oil per day has been shown to be safe.

Too much turmeric may thin your blood and contribute to bleeding disorders. Excessive intake of turmeric may cause stomach upset.

Like most foods turmeric is better consumed fresh because it hasn’t been processes in any way and all its natural elements are intact. Buy organic if you can from your local health food store or farmers market.

Buying the herb fresh will often be cheaper and will also be free of many chemicals which are usually added to nutritional supplements.

The rhizomes or roots of the turmeric plant (Latin Curcuma longa) are often sun-dried and then ground to a powder which is use as a spice (found in most curries).

When using turmeric as a spice it can be sautéed in ghee or added to foods as they are being cooked. The Ayurvedic diet recommends cooking turmeric before you eat it.

Turmeric has a potent color, aroma and is quite flavorful.

Turmeric Recipes & Remedies

Anemia: Everyday take a dose of 1 tsp of turmeric juice mixed with honey.

Asthma: Boil 1 cup of milk with 1 tsp of turmeric powder. Drink warm.

Burns: Mix 1 tsp of turmeric with 1 tsp of aloe gel and apply to burnt area.

Conjunctivitis: Mix 1 tbsp of crushed, raw turmeric in 1/3 cup of water. Boil and sieve. 2–3 drops of this mixture may be used in each eye up to 3 times per day.

Complexion: Apply a paste of turmeric on the skin before bed, and wash off after a few minutes. In the morning, remove any remaining yellow tinge with a paste of chickpea flour and oil.

Dental problems: Mix 1 tsp of turmeric with ½ tsp of salt. Add mustard oil to make a paste. Rub the teeth and gums with this paste twice daily.  Can be used to treat infected gums. This can also help prevent tooth decay and disease.

Diabetes: ½–1 tsp of turmeric should be taken 3 times a day.

Diarrhea: Take ½ tsp of turmeric powder or juice in water, 3 times per day.

External Pain: Mix 1 tsp of turmeric and 2 tsp of ginger with water to make a paste. Spread over a cloth, place on the affected area and bandage.

Add 1 tsp of turmeric to 1 cup of warm milk and drink before bed.

Nose Bleeds: Mix a pinch of Turmeric with organic ghee and apply it to the mucus lining of nose to stop nosebleeds and help clear the sinuses. It also helps create a more acute sense of smell and purifies the mind and brain.

Digestion: Taking Turmeric will work fine to balance an upset digestion. Just take a small spoonful of Turmeric and stir it in a cup of yogurt right after lunch.