An important aspect of a healthy life is a routine which helps to establish balance. It aids digestion, absorption and assimilation, and gives discipline, peace, happiness, and longevity. There are the 3 main practises described by Ayurveda, that help to established a balanced lifestyle that brings you closer to who you are in reality.
- YOGA – Taking care of your body through physical exercises.
- TANTRA – Taking care of your mind through controlling your speech and thoughts.
- AYURVEDA – Taking care of your health and eating habits.
Ayurveda recommends waking up early, best at sunrise. The emerging sun at the horizon gives a very peculiar light and energy. I also recommend drinking a glass of water to flush toxins and sleeping smell from your body. Further, any Indian person starts the day with a prayer or even a spiritual bath. Starting your day remembering the greatness of life, the earth and the universe helps to set your mind calm, receiving and humble.
Awakening of Kundalini
Yoga seeks to awaken the Kundalini, the divine energy, force and power at the base of the spine associated with Shakti – the Divine Feminine. This energy, when cultivated leads to spiritual awakening and liberation which can be experienced as a distinct feeling of electric current running along the spine. There are two main schools, and today numerous new approaches are advertised emerging from the classical schools called Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga. Best is to practise yoga in the morning. If you are not the greatest morning person, then sunset is another benefiting time to salute the sun.
Hatha Yoga is a physically simpler form and works a lot with breathing techniques. The Asanas (postures) are less complicated than in Asthanga. Different breathing techniques help energize the body and enhance the flow of Prana (life energy). The bodily postures and breath control preserve the vital energy in the head (the moon) from dripping down the central channel and being burned by fire (the sun) at the perineum. It aims to raise and conserve Bindu (semen or in women – menstrual fluid) which is the physical essence of life that is constantly dripping down from the head and being lost. The physical techniques seek to reverse this process and use breathing techniques to force Bindu upwards through the Nadis’ (energetic channel).
Asthanga Yoga is more energetic and acrobatic Yoga. It is a wonderful experience for a person with a flexible body. With the different postures, you enhance your strength, flexibility, immune system and the flow of the Nadis, the energetic strings connecting your whole body similar to the lymph system. Ashtanga yoga emphasizes three main components, Asanas (posture), Pranayama (breathing system), and Drishti (looking direction). The aim is to reach three levels of purification: the body, nervous system and the mind. The Asanas usually follow a set sequence. Breathing is ideally even and steady but no special breathing techniques are used. Drishti means focusing the eyes to develop concentrated intention. Sometimes, Asthanga Yoga is connected with Vinyasa, a system of breathing and movement.
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