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Jala Rahasya: The Secret of Water in Ayurveda

“May waters filled with medicinal properties protect my body, so I may have the vision of the Sun!”
-Rig Veda, IX.9.7 (Author’s translation)

According to Ayurveda, the properties of water vary. Different types of water are thus useful for different people, disorders and times.

Unboiled water is said to take 3 hours to digest, boiled and cooled water 1.5 hours to digest and boiled water taken warm takes 48 minutes to digest according to the principles laid out in Ayurveda.

Drinking too much and over-hydrating suppresses the digestive fire and enzymes and hence can lead to disease. Especially drinking cold water can lead to various complications such as hiccups, gas, pains etc. and is thus also contraindicated in such cases (vata-rogas and kapha-rogas).

Warm and hot water helps alleviate these symptoms, especially when taken at night-time as it helps reduce the cooler properties of vata and kapha respectively.

The below isn’t at all a rigid nor exhaustive system, but one merely based on properties and generics alone, relative to jalapana (intake of water).

Note these seasons are based on the western four-season model outside of India, since India has a unique six seasons:

Vata Prakriti / old age / late autumn and early winter:

Warm water baths and warm water taken internally and warm milk with spices (ginger, cardamon etc.). For dryness, warm water taken with a little ghee is useful or castor oil with ginger at bed-time for constipation. Waters from the jungle-regions is better as it is agni-dipana or stimulating to the digestion, as well as water that has been reduced by 75% while boiling, which is good for vata.

Pitta Prakriti / middle-aged / summer, early autumn and men:

Luke-warm and cooler water baths and cool water, milk or coconut milk taken internally or aloe juices. Water that has been reduced by 50% by boiling is suitable for pitta as well.

Kapha Prakriti / young age / late winter, spring and women:

Warm to hot water baths and warm/hot water taken internally as well as honey (except when there are menorrhagia and pitta disorders / artavavahasrota rogas). Jungle-water can be taken as well for kapha. Spiced water can be taken here such as with pippali, dry ginger or trikatu formula to stimulate digestion and alleviate accumulation of phlegm. Water that has been boiled and reduced by 25% is suitable for kapha-types and disorders.

In addition:

Cold water on the face is useful for all types (except kapha) as also is not using excess hot /warm water on the head (especially vata and pitta types) as this causes excess sadhaka-pitta leading to premature balding, dry scalp, grey hairs etc.

*Geographical climates to be considered

*Women should alternate these according to hormonal changes and cycles also.

*Where there is ama or fevers, this also needs to be tweaked accordingly.

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Ayurvedic Massages – Good or Bad?

Ayurveda has long considered the uses of massage, often as a daily palliative treatment, but performed with specific oils after a complete Ayurvedic examination by a trained professional to examine all facets of psychology, disorders, constitutional issues and others. Here, panaceas are often not the best, nor Ayurvedic per se!

Many forms of Ayurvedic massage today can actually be harmful as they can cause unwanted toxins in the body if performed outside of their required actions and techniques, which are specific cleansing actions or shodhana (purificatory) therapies; here, massages are often performed – again with specific oils, decoctions and substances – as preliminary methods (purvakarmas) to relocate toxins in the body and expel them, but in a clinical setting along with specific diets, formulas and lifestyle regimes as well. Such advanced and often aggressive methods are not to be performed for one and all, or outside specifically tailored detoxification programs, based on an individual’s disease category, age and other factors! This requires a full training in clinical Ayurveda from the classical point of view.

Other therapies are given as part of the Spa Ayurveda regimes today, which are just as bad, as such don’t target the true problems. Each disease requires specific treatment, internal and external, as a part of traditional Ayurveda over modernised New-Age Ayurveda often being practiced by Naturopaths and Yoga teachers.

For this reason, Indians were taught these sciences from youth and understood the spiritual and cultural contexts and rituals/implications that went along with this, which are important. The Hindu tradition and sciences are about specifics over generics

As an example, you wouldn’t go to a Chinese person to learn how to bake French pastries, nor would you turn to the Frenchman to teach you about authentic Qi Gong as the two cultures are completely different. Being immersed in such and understanding such means also the language behind it – which is imperative one understand from youth to gauge these nuances, over those who have culturally-appropriated and set up ‘Wellness’ businesses and organisations, who often tend to pasteurise these teachings, to the detriment of many.

Here, while massages and Ayurvedic therapies are useful, they have to be performed simply after a full clinical assessment by a trained and experienced Practitioner, not simply given based on a few quizzes alone. The therapies and manner in which they are conducted also change for the individual as well – so the use of generic oils and substances as is often done, isn’t true Ayurveda! It is merely money-making!

  • Always chose a trained, experienced Ayurvedic Professional with Clinical Training and Experience in all facets of Ayurveda, Yoga and related sciences
  • Look for those who have studied the entire tradition back to its roots, are fluent in the language (Sanskrit) as well as culture and heritage and connected to its ancient Vedic-Hindu system in practice and lifestyle
  • Avoid many vegan-based and modern veganesque and pan-Naturopathic formulas such as ‘Turmeric Coconut Milk’ and ‘Ashwagandha Coconut Milk’, Raw Food and other infusions; these are not Ayurvedic, but are simply based on other systems and aren’t good for one and all
  • Make sure you check whether or not they are simply starting a ‘Spa-Wellness’ business, or wish to share the deeper facets of Ayurveda with specific recommendations and guidelines If you are curious about Ayurvedic therapies and what might be best for you, book a consultation with us today at www.ayurvedicnow.com 

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Yoga Therapy for Health and Healing

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Learn how Integral Yoga Therapy can help you!

Yoga is often a confusing term seen by many people as something for gymnasts alone – however, few realise that it is an ancient system of health-maintenance to:

(a) maintain health through living in harmony with nature and our own natural biology

(b) maintain health and prevent diseases through proper intake of psychological impressions, proper dietary regimes and living in harmony with our seasons, climate changes etc.

(c) how to maintain proper living through various simple holistic techniques, tenets and ethical practices that impact our psyche in a positive manner

(c) maintain our physical and psychological health and well-being through the above

The noted psychologist Carl Jung noted that ancient systems in India and China that included yoga were made important psychological discoveries and had many techniques and a deeper understanding of the human psyche than modern psychology:

We Europeans are not the only people on earth. We are just a peninsular of Asia, and on that continent there are old civilizations where people have trained their minds in introspective psychology for thousands of years, whereas we began with our our psychology not even yesterday but only this morning.” 
(C.G. Jung: Analytical Psychology: Its Theory and Practice (The Travistock Lectures), p.74)

Yoga is hence not simply about physical flexibility, but flexibility of the mind as a complete system of psychology itself and includes systems such as:

Marma or pressure-point therapies to maintain good health and also heal diseases

-Examining the chakras in the body relative to our psychological well-being and states, as well as healing relative to these

– Tantra or various mental and physical practices for our biological, psychological and spiritual well-being and understanding the importance of psycho-somatic disorders

– Various shabda (sound), aroma, colour/visual, breathing and other therapies for health and well-being

In our Yoga Therapy Consultation, you will learn life-long lessons such as:

– What yoga therapies are best for you personally, given your unique biology and psychology, assigned at birth

– What yoga type and practices are best for you, as well as dietary considerations

– Acupressure therapies (where required)

-Your unique yogic psychological type

– How to adjust working in harmony with nature and the seasons

– Useful herbs/spices and natural health formulas/supplements for health and well-being (where required)

..and much more!

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Learn Meditation as the Ancient Yogi Masters did!

Learn Meditation as the Ancient Yogi Masters did!

A physician was once using the same technique to treat diabetes as he did heart-disease. It was a failure!

Sadly, this is what modern meditation classes teach and employ, as a ‘one size fits all’ panacea approach.

Traditional meditation is about you and your unique psychology, karma and biology. 

The AROGYA method embraces the ancient wisdom and brings it into the modern world.

– Specific pranayamas (breathing techniques) for you
– Specific dhyanas (meditations) for you
– How to train YOUR mind for meditation
– Specific mantras for YOU
– Personalised one-to-one instruction
– Personalised diet to calm your mind and body for meditation 

Benefits:

– Reduce stress, anger, anxiety and depression in your life
– Take control of your own destiny that is your right
– Don’t get bogged down by mass-instruction in a class
– No difficult poses or yoga positions

 Process:

Step I: Purna Ayurveda Consultation: NZ $300.00 to ascertain your biology, psychology and also karmic implications which reveal your specific meditation approach. This is a very in-depth ‘integral’ consultation that examines all areas of your life from physical/medical, spiritual/karmic and psychological.

Step II: Arogya Meditation: NZ $95.00 for the first session and NZ $70.00 for further follow-up half-hour meditation sessions and progress.

 

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Durgadas is an international author and teacher who is internationally trained Yoga and Ayurveda teacher as well as Ayurvedic Practitioner and Vedic Astrologer. His Vedic mentor was Dr. David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri), a senior lecturer at the Chopra Centre. Durgadas was awarded the prestigious titles of Veda Kovid for his Vedic knowledge and mastery of Ayurveda, Yoga, Vedic Astrology, Tantra and Vedanta.
He stems from a long line of Vedic Brahmins (Hindu priests) from Northern India. He is founder of the Vishwa Ayurveda Samaj and Academy of Traditional Ayurveda, as well as the founder of the Para Saiva Siddhanta system.