Is Your Yoga Practice Harming Or Healing You – The Art Of Yoga Therapy

Everyone can practice Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy and reap the joyful benefits it gives.

It doesn’t matter what your age or health level is. All you need is the willingness to explore with an open mind.

Practicing Yoga postures with Ayurvedic yoga principles is generally a safe practice, providing you use proper techniques.

The Ayurvedic yoga postures should begin gradually under the guidance of an experienced and competent teacher; someone who has training as an Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist.

The teacher whether it is you or someone else needs to understand the student’s nature or constitution and look at their constitution from an objective point a view.

The teacher or therapist needs to understand the student’s nature on all levels which includes their physical, functional, emotional and psychological constitution. That’s why in Ayurveda yoga therapy, an Ayurvedic assessment is done on the person or oneself.

In yoga therapy, you should never push or strain for immediate results, as doing so could cause injury. One has to apply the principle of Ahimsa – non–violence restraining from hurting or injuring another or oneself. It is essential to be patient, disciplined and prepared.

It is important to surrender your ego – your  competitiveness for a deeper, healthier and holistic practice. For example, you may really want to practice an advanced headstand for 5 minutes but if you have an excess of Pitta (lots of fire), it would be best to practice headstand for only 10 breaths and then move into a strong cooling posture.

Practicing Ayurvedic yoga therapy is systematic, designed to calm, balance and regulate the systems of the body. It is a vast science that can help heal conditions of the mind and body. Continue reading

Ayurveda Gem Therapy And Healing

How is gem therapy  used in Ayurveda?

Gem therapy uses the color properties of the gems and the corresponding planets (to balance out their influences) for the healing process. Specific gem stones both “precious” and “semi-precious” can be worn as rings (on the appropriate fingers) or  as pendants.

In fact Ayurveda considers all rocks, stones and gems to contain prana or life energy which when tuned into your vibrational energy and used with specific intentions or mantras can be very healing for the the mind, body and emotions.

Gems can also be placed on certain areas of your body during meditation or healing sessions. In addition one can carry a gem or stone in their pocket to help heal certain conditions or create positive conditions and environments.

Gems work well and in relation to Vedic Astrology to reveal a wide vast of characteristics and traits that can help you on your yogic path and journey. In Vedic Astrology one gets their chart done and analyzed by an astrologer to determine what gems are beneficial for them.

In Ayurveda, some gem preparations can be taken internally – only under a complex process and should be recommended by an experienced doctor or Ayurvedic specialist with knowledge of in internal gem therapy.

In relation to both Ayurveda and Vedic astrology, gems are used to treat physical, mental and spiritual disorders. Their main action is on the level of life-force affecting the subtle and mental energies and help to balance all 3 doshas.

Below is a list of some gems that are good for Vata, Pitta and Kapha dosha. Continue reading

Triphala Health Benefits And Healing Properties

Triphala is a Sanskrit word that meaning “three fruits” thus, it is an herb consisting of 3 fruits from three trees – Amalaki, Bibhitaki and Haritaki.

It is the most popular Ayurvedic herbal formula of India and is gaining more and more popularity here in the west.

Triphala is considered the ultimate digestive tonic and provides a wide variety of healing and health benefits.

Triphala is an amazing herbal formula. It consumed most often in a powder form and is widely used in Ayurveda medicine to balance all constitutions and dosha types.

General uses of Triphala

  • Acts as a complete body cleanser.
  • Detoxifies and cleanse the colon
  • Detoxifies and cleanses the liver
  • Purifies the blood
  • Enhances digestion
  • Nourishes your nervous system, blood & muscle
  • Improves Adrenal function
  • Eliminates excess mucous
  • Contains laxative properties
  • Enhances the immune system
  • Reduces high blood pressure.
  • Has anti-viral properties
  • Has anti-bacterial properties
  • Has anti-cancer properties
  • Has anti-allergy properties
  • Has anti-mutagenic properties
  • Assists in weight loss
  • Reducing Fibromyalgia pain
  • Reduces serum cholesterol
  • Improves circulation

Healing properties and benefits of Triphala

Triphala’s historical use as a digestive cleanser and tonic has been backed up with numerous modern scientific studies.

Triphala’s nutritional aspect is largely in the form of its bioflavonoids, high vitamin C content and the presence of linoleic oil, phospholipids and other important nutrients making it more of a tonic.

Triphala is used as a cleaning agent, purifying the blood and cleansing the cells of the body. It stimulates bile secretion as it detoxifies the liver, helps with digestion & assimilation and significantly reduces serum cholesterol as well as lipid levels throughout the body.

Triphala can be used with other formulas by people who have certain degrees of liver and gall bladder congestion.

Triphala has an extremely high content of natural Vitamin C is often used as a nutritional food supplement like vitamins are in the West.

Triphala, in recent years and through a number of research studies have found it to be very effective in the treatment for various forms of cancer.

Triphala has extremely high antioxidant qualities and is used to boost the immune system.

The following is a simple breakdown of each of the individual fruits/herbs and how it relates to the doshas Continue reading

Trikatu Health Benefits And Healing Properties

Trikatu meaning “3 peppers” or “3 pungents” is an Ayurvedic herb consisting of three Indian spices – Black Pepper (Piper Nigrum), Indian Long Pepper (Piper Longum) and Ginger (Zingiber Officinale).

Trikatu consists mainly of the fire element and is therefore very hot and stimulating in nature.

Trikatu is consumed usually in a powder form and is widely used in Ayurveda medicine to treat specific conditions and dosha types.

It is a medicinal or dietary herbs most often used for digestion and to reduce “ama” or toxins in the body.

General uses of Trikatu

• Cough and cold

• Bloating

• Indigestion

• Flatulence (gas)

• Colic

• High cholesterol

• Absorption of nutrients

Healing properties and benefits of Trikatu

Trikatu is excellent for the liver, spleen and pancreas as it helps to stimulate and increase the functions of these organs.

Trikatu also helps to stimulate the stomach to produce enzymes, thus enhancing digestion. It enhances the “digestive fire” necessary for the breakdown of food and absorption of nutrients in the GI tract.

Trikatu is also good for the respiratory system and can help get rid of mucous. Therefore it can be very beneficial for someone who suffers from cough, cold or flu. Continue reading

The Benefits Of Ayurvedic Herbs – Ayurveda Herbology 101

Ayurveda has recently been recognized by the W.H.O. (World Health Organization) as an effective complementary health system.

Thus, an important aspect of Ayurveda is using and integrating specific Ayurvedic herbs and formulas to support balance, health and well-being.

The vast field of Ayurveda and Ayurvedic herbology is gaining more importance and popularity across the planet because of its amazing therapeutic effects.

Ayurvedic herbs are known to give a solution for all kinds of diseases and conditions where it is often considered impossible by other fields of medical science.

Each herb has unique medicinal properties with various aromas and flavors. They act as synergistic mechanisms to bring balance & harmony between the mind, body, emotions and spirit.

In ancient times man lived very close to nature and whenever he got ill or out of balance, he used the resources and materials provided by mother nature, which usually consisted of herbs and natural foods.

The sages in ancient times were mainly involved in meditating on and experimenting with different kinds of herbs thus then being able to prepare various Ayurvedic medicines from them.

Study of each herb in-depth, along with its effects on the doshas was and still is considered for designing Ayurvedic herbal formulas. Each herb with its own characteristics are then used for specific diseases and its treatment.

An Ayurvedic herb is a plant or root source which is used in the preparation of specific Ayurvedic medicines. The plant as a whole with its leaves, flowers, fruits, seeds, roots, bark, and resin has medicinal values apart from its flavor and fragrance.

Using the plants or roots as a whole is considered to be more efficacious than the separate substances. Ayurvedic formulas can however be blended with extracts of certain parts to enhance strength and concentrations.

Ayurvedic herbs work effectively to fight various infections and diseases, thereby gaining quick recovery. They are also used for health purposes as daily tonics and rejuvenates.

Most importantly, Ayurvedic herbs work holistically on both the external and internal functions rather than simply focusing on curing a diseases. They address the root cause.

They also promote an internal harmony of various body parts and rejuvenate the whole bodily system rather than focusing on a specific organ of the body.

Ayurvedic medicines, herbs and formulas are now produced and sold all over the world. There are also a medical doctors, councils and organizations whose role is to create authentic herbal formulas based on the ancient Ayurvedic texts from the Rishis.

With so many supplements and herbs on the market now, it can sometimes be challenging to find the right ones that will be beneficial for each unique individual.

In the next series of blog post on PlanetWell.com I will be describing various types of Ayurvedic herbs; what there functions are and what benefits they offer.

In addition I will describe which herbs are best for certain conditions and specific individual constitutions. For now, here are some general benefits of Ayurvedic Herbs Continue reading