Yoga Chikitsa As a Therapy
Yoga –The Mind-Body Bridge

Namaskar  from Yogashray Sewayatan

On the occasion of  International Day of Yoga, Yogashray Sewayatan is unveiling Yoga principles, Shatkarma or the six purification techniques in Hatha Yoga  which are excellent practices to purify the whole body and bring clarity and harmony to the mind. Our Body knows how to heal itself. Detoxification process which eliminates toxins from the body. A disease, caused by a combination of stress, bad eating habits, unhealthy lifestyle choices and lack of rest. Yoga therapy is a combination of slow poses, breathing techniques and certain principles of Lifestyle.
Learn and practice simple yoga asana to improve flexibility and to combat Lifestyle Diseases.

Yoga provides a workout that improves flexibility, increases strength, and helps calm the mind while enhancing concentration. By practicing yoga, healthy diet & lifestyle we can transform our mind and body to a blissful life.

Why Yoga?

Yoga means meeting with the “true self”. Yoga is a technique of living to achieve liberation from life suffocation, with power, peace & bliss. In Yoga Sutras, Sage Patanjali  describes yoga as union with universal consciousness. Sage Patanjali explains as long as the mind is not under control, it continues to assume the form of the “vrittis” or the perturbations in the mind and these vrittis become the cause of human suffering.  Our body is made up of Panchmahabhutas-five elements of nature, when these elements are imbalanced in our body, it causes in  disease and suffering. For example too much fire element in the body can create inflammation, swelling where as too much water can dampen fire and cause indigestion. Air element- breath control takes center stage. A vital life energy is in the air our life force, we breathe and yoga helps to learn breathing exercises use deep, abdominal breathing in which abdomen expands on inhalation and contracts on exhalation. Practicing yoga can help to balance your chakras, the main energy centers of your body alongwith pranayama and Shatkarma kriyas purify these elements and restore balance and good health.

Benefits of Yoga:

For health promotion and overall development of human personality yoga is a very effective tool. Regular practice of yoga is useful in the prevention, mitigation and curing the various diseases.Yoga controls physiological functions linked to stress, including blood pressure, heart rate, respiration, metabolism and brain waves. Yoga helps in reducing symptoms and improve the quality of life for people with a widing range of medical disorders, including cancer, asthma, diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease and migraine. Yoga helps to harmonize the endocrinal secretions, thereby balancing the emotions and giving a positive attitude to life.Yoga is centered around a carefully selected series of body postures called asanas and breathing techniques called pranayama. The postures are performed while standing, sitting, or lying on a mat.

Daily yoga practice under a qualified Naturocure physician/Yoga instructor to attain benefits like physical fitness, balanced emotions & peaceful mind and this mind-body bridge ultimately leads you harmonious relations and more efficiency in your work and action in view of rat race lifestyle.

Surya Namaskar

Surya Namaskar or Sun salutation impacts all the organ systems of the body like digestive system, excretory system, circulatory system, respiratory system, endocrine system, nervous system and skeleton system.

  • Improves Blood Circulation of the Body
  • Promotes Weight loss
  • Promotes a Regular Menstrual Cycle
  • Benefits your Skin and Hair
  • Improve Memory and nervous system.
  • Stabilizes the activity of the endocrine and thyroid glands

Doing exercise there is breakdown of cells due to which serum level of uric acid, urea and Co2 in blood is increased leading to fatigue, while practicing yoga enhances secretion of “Happy Hormone” i.e Dopamine, Serotonin, Endorphins which enhances pranshakti thereby building strong immunity in our body.

  • Exercise utilizes 3 to 14 calories per minute while by yoga utilizes 0.8 to 3 calories per minute that is practicing yoga small amount of energy will give more benefit to the body.
  • Doing exercise only the targeted muscles are Hypertrophied or built not benefiting the whole body while yoga focus on moving, stretching and strengthening all the body parts in a way that considers and nurtures the whole of our body.

Dietetic & Lifestyle Measures

By Dr. Nandini Bharadwaj
Consultant (Diet & Lifestyle)

  • Take more seasonal fruits & juices, seasonal vegetables, buttermilk, tender coconut water.
  • Avoid Maida(white flour), refined food & drinks, sugar, chocolates, bakery products, fried stuff, non-vegetarian, alcoholic beverages, tea, coffee,smoking/chewing tobacco, zarda, pan masala
  • Drink 4 litres water per day. Drink 2 to 4 glass of water on getting up in the morning. Do not drink after lunch & dinner for at least 1.5 hour.
  • Three hours gap between dinner & sleep.
  • Do not mix cooked with raw food.
  • Before going to bed drink 1 glass of Pudina/Tulsi + Dhania water should be taken for good sleep for cool and calm mind.

Mudra Pranayam

It is  a yogic breathing technique. Our body is made of five elements imbalances of any of these causes ailments & diseases. The five fingers are five elements with help of these elements can be balanced according to diseases. With pranayam every cell becomes fully oxygenated  & flooded with new life. After pranayam one is left calm & centered  with clear vision of the world & oneself. It activates body’s natural mechanism to heal itself. It strengthens immunity, removes tensions & worries. Gives vigor, vitality, sharpens mind & intellect.
When prana fluctuates then chitta (mind) also fluctuates, when prana becomes steady, then chitta also becomes steady.

Shatkarma – The Six Purification Methods in Hatha Yoga

The Shatkarmas are the six purification techniques that makes the body clean, strong, free of diseases. It removes toxins and improves concentration. The six techniques are  Dhauti, Bhasti, Neti, Trataka, Nauli and Kapalabhati. Enema is, it’s a process where herbal decoction is introduced in the rectum through a catheter to soften and expel toxins or accumulated waste from the colon. The colon plays an important part in digestion, and extracting all the nutrients need from diet to keep body healthy. The colon also removes water from the digested food to form faeces or stool. Activeness of Large intestines increases Constipation, Gastritis, Obesity, Asthma, Joint Pain, Blood Pressure. Light Dinner should be taken  day before enema.Depending upon patient disease & condition enema of Lukewarm water, Cold water, Lemon water, Buttermilk, Glycerin, Neem water, Honey water, Honey water etc. After giving enema it should be followed by laghu shankha prakshalana for few days.

Disclaimer: The above methods,practices and suggestions in this newsletter should not be treated as a prescription for any ailment and should be followed only after consultation of Naturopathy Doctors.