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SELF HEALING – through YOGA CHIKITSA

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Although yogic practices of Hatha Yoga are principally used as a method of preventing disease, they extend into the area of self-help. Most of the disciplines originate in the ancient Ayurvedic system known as Yoga Chikitsa with many similar practices being incorporated in western naturopathic medicine today. The traditional manner of treating disease by the use of herbs and substances prepared according to Ayurvedic medicine in India has a scientific background with its logic shared by all who recognise the healing powers of herbs and the validity of the homoeopathic system of medicine.

The philosophy behind the science is a respect for all life. It concedes that even the tiniest expression of natural life has its design and purpose within life’s evolution, even the smallest atom, or ion. Within its basic philosophy and in common with the Chinese system of medicine the natural elements – Fire, Earth, Air, Water and Ether are considered. The traditional physician is seen as attempting to orchestrate the harmonious function of all the elements which requires wisdom, skill and insight.

Self-Help
However there are many yogic practices that can be used in self correction and most of these are generally introduced in yoga classes, including –

Art of Relaxation – to be cleansed of muscular and nerve tensions and stress
Kriyas – additional hygiene to be internally clean
Fasting- to eliminate toxins from the blood
Purification –of psyche by eradication of character faults and bad habits undermining health
Nutritional – building a health body with quality food and herbs and a vegetarian diet
Building a strong body with appropriate exercises including the Surya Namaskar
Building character through cultivation of good qualities and nobility of character
Asanas – body postures, both in passive stance and in specific remedial postures
Pranayama – controlling energy through breathing exercises and awareness of breath
Pratyahara – cultivating and controlling the senses with no neglect, over use or sensory abuse
Dharana – concentration in creating the self image one desires of perfect health
Dhyana – meditation which brings about a peaceful and elevated spiritual level of consciousness whereby states of dis-harmony may be corrected.

Subtle Therapies provide additional aids in therapy by soothing and harmonizing the soul –including music, colour, perfume, mantra, and prayer.

Although traditional methods of healing may be employed in Indian ashrams and hospitals and suited to their cultural needs and conditions, we must not try to fashion our ways by artificially adopting customs foreign to our own culture.

Principles and health practices, which seem reasonable and natural to us, are best to follow and the safest customs and therapies are those which apply safe, non-invasive methods.

Refer to the methods which offer relief from any personal health problem and assist you to total health.
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Ayurvedic Medicine

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

One of the finest explanations of the principles of Ayurvedic medicine principles was written by the late Dr Benytosh Bhattacharyya who was highly esteemed in both western and eastern

medical circles.  We owe much to his work in the material and subtle spheres of science.

 

HEALTH AND HARMONY – Eastern Medicine

“The word “harmony” is one of the noblest, most magnetic words in the English language. Harmony is the central principle of the cosmos.  It is order, it is concord, it is unity under definite and invariable laws, which bind all entities having a tendency to discord, disorder, disruption.  The highest harmony is in the music of the Spheres or in the cosmic sound represented by the sacred syllable OM.”

“In soul-stirring music and superb paintings, harmony is seen at its best.  Harmony is essential in society, amongst nations and in the world.  Harmony has discord as its antithesis just as the day has its antithesis in the night.  Harmony is beauty, discord is ugliness.  The expression of harmony is in the cosmos, of discord in chaos.  Harmony is pleasure of the soul and discord is pain. Causing pain is breaking harmony in all forms of life.  “Worship of the Divine in Nature” says an adage ” is to please a living being.” the world progresses through these two opposites of harmony and discord.  Apparent opposites exist in the world in order to meet ultimately in harmony.”

“In medicine, harmony is health, discord is disease. When the three elements of air, fire and water and their fifteen principles work in perfect harmony it is called health. But when they work inharmoniously and instead of helping one another begin to destroy one another, disease is produced.”

Dr. Benoytosh Bhattacharyya

Vision of Total Wellness

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

We can assume that we are totally well when –

Upon awakening, we look forward to the day’s activity optimistically

We feel emotionally capable of feeling relaxed and contented or enthusiastic and happy

We do not feel anxious, fearful, discontented, or depressed

Our practical thinking is clear, rational and constructive

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Yoga – Practice of Relaxation

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Yama, the first stage in Ashtanga Yoga, represents the end of the old ways and the first positive stage in the practice of self discipline by the elimination of bad habits relating both to health and character. The practices are to clear the way and demand the application of physical methods for inner body hygiene as well as the eradication of any layers of emotional and mental stress that may inhibit one’s progress to health and happiness.

For eliminating stress we have the practice of relaxation which releases strain from the whole psyche. There are many and various methods used in teaching relaxation but in Yoga, traditional preparation for practising what is known as Yoga Nidra remains constant.

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Yoga Builds Health

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

Yoga offers an integral system aimed at total health and well-being – physical, mental and  spiritual.

Yoga practices range from health practices advised in Hatha Yoga through psychological readjustments and culture within Jnana Yoga and Bhakti Yoga, to techniques to aid spiritual states of consciousness in meditation through Raja Yoga. Each student selects for himself the self-disciplines that are required for his own growth and refinement.

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Introducing Yoga Chikitsa – Self Help to Better Health

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Although yogic practices of Hatha Yoga are principally used as a method of preventing disease, they extend into the area of self-help.  Most of the disciplines originate in the ancient Ayurvedic system known as Yoga Chikitsa with many similar practices being incorporated in western naturopathic medicine today.

The traditional manner of treating disease by the use of herbs and substances prepared according to Ayurvedic medicine in India has a scientific background with its logic shared by all who recognise the healing powers of herbs and the validity of the homoeopathic system of medicine.

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Yoga Chikitsa

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Although yogic practices of Hatha Yoga are principally used as a method of preventing disease, they extend into the area of self-help therapy or Yoga Chikitsa.  Most of the healing disciplines originate in the ancient Ayurvedic system share many similar practices being incorporated in western naturopathic medicine today.

The philosophy behind the science is a respect for all life. It concedes that the tiniest expression of natural life has its design and purpose within life’s evolution, even the smallest atom, or ion. Within its basic philosophy and in common with the Chinese system of medicine

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Natural Nutrition

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

When viewed from a materialistic standpoint it would seem that substance is our first need in the form of food. Viewed from the spiritual, the first requisites would be the subtler forms of nourishment gained by breathing fresh air, bathing in sunshine, and drinking pure water. The priorities alter with one’s perception but certainly the argument that food is top priority is flawed when we can exist in good health for weeks without food, only days without water, only minutes without air.

Nevertheless, although it may reasonably lose its place as top priority, nourishment through food is certainly top of the list for many of us and to assume a very important part of daily life and often daily indulgences.

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Yoga for Total Health

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

The natural simplicity of yoga teachings attracts the attention of many who are searching for guidelines that will direct them to a more satisfying, healthier, more meaningful way of living.

Yoga as a system developed as natural laws became known and applied. We know it as one of the branches of Indian Philosophy of the Vedas that became an established a system with traditions, some of which are echoed in the modern application of yoga teaching.

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