Yoga and Ayurveda – The Original Lifestyle Modification Advice
The origin of Naturopathy can be traced right back to the Vedic period wherein the dietary principles (Pathya and Ahara) and the principles of health (Swastha Vurtha) originally described in Ayurveda have developed in the form of modern-day Naturopathy. Ayurveda has the most comprehensive knowledge of nutritional treatment of diseases involving energetics, right food combinations, frequency, right preparation, seasonal effects etc which all affect healing at the physical, mental and spiritual level. The Traditional Medicine system of Ayurveda is:
In terms of lifestyle advice Ayurveda is regarded as the best lifestyle modification therapy available and it is easily integrated with other conventional and alternative medicine therapies. Features are:
• You are what you eat – diet is of special significance and value in Ayurveda. In addition to gaining proper nutrition, the importance of the selection of food is specific to the individual and the disease they suffer from.
• Every individual is unique– this means that every person is born with their own unique balance of the tridosha, which is called their prakriti. This balance is to be maintained for proper health. All the treatments of Ayurveda are focused on treating any imbalance in the prakriti.
• Lifestyle advice focuses on every area of one’s life, including our physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. It is also important to cultivate meaningful relationships, take care of one’s financial health, and contribute to the greater community.
• Yoga and Ayurveda are two interrelated branches of the same great tree of Vedic knowledge that encompasses all of human life and the entire universe. Lifestyle advice places emphasis on exercise through asanas and various forms of medication that is specific to the individual and the physical and emotional disease they may suffer from.
Point of Difference
Yoga and Ayurveda is not a ‘generic’ lifestyle strategy, but specific to the individual’s genetic blueprint and current energetic imbalances. This lifestyle program extends to:
• Daily routines that are specific to the individual
• Meditation exercises/format/style that are specific and more likely to be carried out
• Exercises that are specific to addressing the imbalance and/or maintain good health
• Spiritual therapies or advice that will provide empowerment
Yoga and Ayurveda together have an emphasis on prevention, and managing of diseases; the Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle advices are specific and extremely effective in the prevention and treatment of disease.