The science of anatomy states that emotions are a production of our brain and our mind. An emotion arises simply for the sake of survival. An emotion is a short-lived mental fluctuation, but when we start to identify with that emotion, it becomes a feeling or a mood, a longer lasting modification of the mind. [Read more…]
Both and Yoga are based on the principle of the five . These five elements are referred to as the panchamahabhutas in Ayurveda or the tattvas in yoga. Pancha means “five” and mahabhuta and tattva are Sanskrit words meaning “element” or “reality.”
These five elements are responsible for the structure of the universe; they are the building blocks of the material world. Everything in the universe, animate and inanimate, is made up of the five mahabhutas. The five elements are: aakash (ether), vayu (air), agni (fire), jala (water), and prithvi (earth). Each object and being in the universe contains a varying degree and combination of the five elements providing its unique features. The elements are not detected in their pure state. We perceive substances that possess many qualities, which come from a combination of more than one element. [Read more…]
Just as incorrect diet and lifestyle can create imbalance, so can the wrong yoga practice. Yoga must be done on an individual basis; we are all different in mind and body, and the way you practice should be designed to work best for you.
Asanas are an important aspect of your yoga practice as they prepare the body for pranayama and meditation. Depending on your [Read more…]and , the asanas you choose to practice will vary.
is an ancient healing system that can improve your health and lifestyle. Ayurveda translates as the “science of life” coming from the Sanskrit words “ayu” meaning “life” and “veda” meaning science or knowledge. The knowledge of Ayurveda is over 5000 years old, making it the oldest healing system that is still practiced today.
If you have no prior knowledge about Ayurveda, it is easy to get overwhelmed by some of the information found in books on Ayurveda. Here is a brief introduction to Ayurveda, and some of the benefits of incorporating Ayurveda into your lifestyle. [Read more…]
Neti or “jala ” means “cleansing with water.” It is an ancient technique used in both and Yoga for nasal cleansing. Neti is a salt water solution flushed through the nasal passage using a simple pot designed specifically for this purpose.
The most known benefit of neti is the cleansing of the nasal passages. Neti helps flush out the particles that get trapped in the cilia which line the nasal passage, as well as the dirt, dust, pollen, fungus, bacteria, and viruses, that get trapped in the sticky mucous in the sinuses. Cleaner nasal passages from Neti also result in an improved sense of smell.
Performing neti regularly provides relief for running sinuses and from clogged passageways of the nose, throat, and ears. Neti drains the sinus cavity and provides relief for allergies, and hay fever, and can aid throat problems and conditions such as asthma. Because neti drains the Eustachian tubes, it can give relief for ear infections and associated pain. Neti also removes dirt and mucous from the tear ducts, resulting in clearer vision. Neti clears the mind, increases concentration and focus, and also helps relieve headaches, migraines, and stress-related tension.