The authors Dr. V. R. Padmanabha Rao & Dr. (Mrs.) Shubhankari P. Rao are practicing Ayurvedic physicians for the last more than 30 years. They have been answering their patient’s illness with appropriate Ayurvedic remedies that have been baffling even to some of the experts. They address all the general ailments and have documented amazing results in infertility, female disorders, skin diseases, obesity, hair and cosmetic problems.
Ayurveda, a unique science of healing and health, has its origin in India and its roots are traced in the Vedas. This system is a boon to mankind, as its main aim is to preserve health of the healthy people, and to restore the health of the ailing. The rich heritage of Ayurvedic medicines and therapies heal the sick; and daily health regime codes and seasonal regime health codes explained in this book when adhered to promise long life and good health.
Today’s generation with challenging workloads and competition to move faster on the corporate ladder ignore their biological clocks and adopt an alternate measure prompted by the survival instinct of the physical body. Fear, worry anxiety, tension and depression all these negative emotions form a part and parcel of this great endeavor. Each one of the health codes embodies reality and profound truth like a Mantra to pave way to give that missing link to have satisfaction of human life.
In this book the authors explain the daily regime to be followed by every individual. This concept has important implications for today’s society who have been repeatedly challenged with stress, the many negative environmental influences and their consequences and the dangers created by the social norms and order. Incorporating daily life style teaches an individual the practical rules of behavior that prevent bioenergys from getting imbalanced. The body and mind remain free of stress which in turn strengthens the immune system and serves to protect from illness.
This is a book about medicine, survival and creation. It is a book about life - yours, ours & that of every humoring on this earth. Welcome to our magical Ayurvedic mystery tour.
When I was seven year old, my grandpa - an Ayurvedic physician took care of our family health and, neighborhood health. It looked quite strange to me whenever a family member had a flu and cold. It was always the other members of the family who were targeted and strictly made to follow the deistic codes and lifestyle practices. He called this Dina-charya and Ritu-charya. I always wondered why we were victimized with these codes along with the patient. Today I realize that a disease like HINI or Chicken guinea which created a lot of chaos globally - was effectively treated just by following these codes. There were no vaccines and every individual depended on his immunity power and his energy to fight diseases. I am convinced about this because recently during the break out of HINI my clients were educated with these codes and though members of the family were exposed to the virus none of them were affected. We had our answer. This book is the product of all these codes which connects us to the beautiful, varied and interconnected nature of life on this wonderful world we inhabit.
Instead of just asking what’s wrong and what can be done to prevent this disease, I want people to look behind the evolutionary curtain, to ask why this condition or that particular infection occurs in the first place. I think the answers will surprise you, enlighten you, and on the long run - give all of us a chance to live longer, healthier lives.
Outer Ecology = Inner Ecology
Derived from an ancient Indian language - Sanskrit, Ayu means “life” and Veda mean “knowledge of’. To know about life is Ayurveda. Besides supporting a person to create harmony in body, mind, senses and soul. Ayurveda is the art of living healthy.
The foundation of Ayurveda lies in the meticulous observation skills of the ancients who observed and recorded the relationship between themselves and their environment. We are a beautiful expression of nature they concluded. Everything is interrelated. Nothing is separate in the universe or the human body. Another fundamental point is that external universe is reflected on the internal universe of the human body. When we live in accordance with nature law we know abundance. As we all know, without food - the yield of the earth element, we can only survive for weeks. Without water our life span becomes a matter of days, without heat or the element of fire, our body can sustain only for a few hours and without air people die in minutes. Without space it’s impartibly to live. The fabric of life therefore is these elements - Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space. These energies combine to form the universal growth, maintenance and decay. Their actions are named as anabolism - metabolism and catabolism in western sciences. These energies are found in our environment at every moment on every level.
These elements in nature are not static. Just as the elements of nature manifest through winds, rains, earth quakes, volcanoes and gentle summer days we can see how the elements manifest in our own organism. When the elements are dancing in harmony, the body will take care of illness.
In Ayurvedic view a person is a unique individual made up of these five primary elements. These elements have an ability to combine and to create various physiological functions.
Ether and Air combine to form what is known in Ayurveda as vata dosha. Vata governs the principle of movement and therefore can be seen as the force that directs nerve impulses, circulation, respiration, and elimination. Fire and Water are the elements that combine to form the Pitta dosha. The Pitta dosha is the process of transformation - our metabolism. The transformation of food into nutrients for assimilation is the example of pitta function. This dosha also is responsible for metabolism in the organ and tissues systems as well as cellular metabolism. Water and Earth element combine to form another unique dosha called as kapha dosha. The growth and adding structure, unit by unit is kapha dosha. It is a dosha which protects and is a very good example of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain and the spinal column. These energies combine in limitless ways to create the unique qualities within each individual.
It is through understanding of the doshas that the science of Ayurveda studies the elements in the body. Doshas literally means fault” as we focus on the factors that cause imbalance and disease, whether physical or mental. When they are in balance each dosha produces a subtle energy essence, when they are disturbed they cause a disease. In order to be in optimum health we should tune our body to Nature’s Master cycle.
Inbuilt rhythms work steady with nature cycles ‘Din’ day and ‘Charya’ means follow or close to.
Ayurveda states that in order to be optimally healthy we should tune our body to Natures Master cycle. I still remember the three legged race we played in younger days. This race looks easy until you try it. Team work is the key. Run with a pair and it’s a game of cooperation between partners as much as it is of speed. It involves two participants attempting to complete a short sprint with the left leg of one runner strapped to the right leg of the other runner so that the pair is facing the same direction. The racers must stay tied and use all the three legs for running. The object is for the partners to run together without falling over. The trick is coordination of the partners step.
We can associate this coordination of being close to the rapture by nerving our daily cycle with the natural cycle of the gun, Moon, Earth and other planets in our solar system. This way we stay in balance, we can prevent diseases and if diseased we can smoothly sail to the shore of health. Our routine should strive to calm the body. This creation of calm does not mean fall a prey to stagnation.
Every day we have 2 cycles of change; one from 6a.m. to 6p.m. and the other from 6p.m. to 6a.m. These cycles have 4 maturates that are dominated by vata or wind bioenergy, pitta o bile bioenergy, and kapha or phlegm beanery. We also have zata, pitta and kapha bioenergy in our body in various strength and combinations and so it is good if we can prevent activities that aggravate the cycle of vata, pitta and kapha.
Our biological clocks are tuned to the rising and the set g of the Sun, so it is better to get up at sunrise in perfect relation to the natural clock. From 2a.m. until 6a.m. or until -private element is dominant. Night is divided into 16 muhurats from sunset to sunrise; the ideal time to arise is rage the 14th muhurtas i.e. around 4:30a.m. to 5a.m. The time there is more sattva in the air, most fresh and pure time r day. Vata is light subtle and clear and helps in timing body to the delicate message the natural seed. If we wake early in the morning earlier than the kapha time of the day miIl feel more awake, alert and energized before the heavi o kapha start to weigh us down.
The pitta midday hours from 10a.m. to 2p.m. are often when we are most alert and productive. Take advantage of this time of clarity by tackling difficult tasks. This is also when the bodys agni is at it’s more intense, so eating at your largest meal of the day at this time promotes healthy and complete digestion and elimination. Additionally eating regularly at an approx the same time each day balances all the doshas.
In the mid afternoon vata time, we may feel an energetic lull. Instead of succumbing to coffee or sugar take a brisk walk, enjoy a cup of herbal tea or take a short break from work for an energizing boost.
Evening 6p.m. to 10p.m. is the second kapha time of the day. Eating dinner earlier rather than later kapha period gives the body ample time to digest in the slower time of the day. It is good to take advantage of the natural strength stability and earthiness of kapha energy by studying, exercising and socializing in the evening. It is important to slow down as evening winds on, to sleep well. Going to sleep around 10p.m. allow us to sleep through pitta time of the night when the powerful pitta energy digests body toxins and rejuvenates itself. You may notice that if you stay up past ten, you feel hungry and trigger hunger pangs due to the heating effect of pitta.
Very early morning is another vata time characterized by our connection to creativity and intuition. We dream the most in these hours. These are also ideal for meditation, asana and spiritual practice.
Dinacharya thus includes practices to keep things moving in the body physically and energetically. Art of Dinacharya encourages harmony and balance all 365 days a year. When we approach our daily routine with awareness and schedule our routine with the knowledge of the whole in mind we can take advantage of profound effect the little things we do have on our health and well being.
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