Introduction to Ayurveda

by Janet Male

Natural Health just about sums it up! Good health should be natural. Drug companies are relying on us to increase their business. Dont let them get a look in! Look after your birthright, which is perfect health.

The easiest way to do this is by following an ayurvedic lifestyle. This is an ancient health care system based on keeping yourself well by following a healthy lifestyle. Sounds simple, doesnt it? The truth always is!

People often visit ayurvedic doctors when they are well. By a simple pulse diagnosis the doctor can tell if there are any deep seated imbalances which could lead to disease. If this is the case then simple lifestyle changes are advised.

The danger is thus averted before it arrives!

As you can see this is the opposite of modern medicine. So many of us abuse our bodies then rush to the doctor only when we become ill.

This would seem ludicrous to a follower of ayurveda!

An ayurvedic lifestyle is an enjoyable one. It advocates staying in harmony with the laws of nature. This means getting plenty of rest, having a healthy, pure diet and taking enjoyable exercise. Meditation is recomended. If there are some imbalances in the system healing herbs may be recommended.

Ayurveda, a sanskrit word, means “science of health and longevity”

According to this science every person has a unique body type [prakriti]. Roughly these divide into three types, Vata, Pitta and Kapha. However, combinations of one, two or all three types are possible.

Each type is prone to different ailments. This doesnt mean theyll get them. They just need to take more care in certain areas.

For example, vata types are often anxious, pittas angry, and kaphas far too laid back!

I have heard it said that after a meal a vata type should lie down and rest, pittas go for a walk, and kaphas wash the dishes.

Im sure the kapha types will object to that!

As the title says this is just an introduction to ayurveda. However, I hope Ive whetted your appetite!

Janet trained as a Stress Consultant, but prefers the term Happiness Consultant. Lots of free tips for natural health, happiness and beauty at her website: www.womens-natural-health.com

Breathing your way to health

by Gerard Bulger

Breathing, yes of course we do it, if not wed be dead, obvious isnt it. But in the far east Breathing techniques have been used for thousands of years. Not only as a means of improving the health and vitality of both the body and mind, but also as a means of connecting to the Higher Spiritual Realms.

In the far east the practice is called Pranayama and is an integral part of Hatha Yoga. There must be a word of warning, to the uninitiated, using Pranayama techniques too vigorously or forcibly can cause damage to the heart, lungs or even mind. It is always best to practice these techniques gently, dont be in a rush, the benefits can last the whole of your life.

And for your purposes, it is only the basic techniques that are needed to accumulate Qi (chee or chi) in the body for use by your Inner-Self to help manifest your desired reality. If over time you feel the benefit of these gentle exercises, then that is the time to explore this area in greater detail and to seek adequate instruction.

A Brief History of Pranayama and Qi Qong: The Indians developed the idea of Prana, a semi-mystical life force that pervades the body, which is responsible for life, health and transcendence.

The Chinese developed the idea of life force being Qi, a force that helps maintain end extend life. The Chinese concept is not as mystical as the Indian, but both arrived at a system that could benefit the body and mind using similar techniques.

Pranayama is a Sanskrit word meaning control of breath. Its essence lies in the modification of our normal process of breathing. Breathing is an act in which we take air from the atmosphere into our lungs, absorb the oxygen from it into our blood, and expel the air again into the atmosphere together with carbon dioxide and water vapor.

Pranayama consists of modifications of the breathing process, which we bring about deliberately and consciously. We can modify breathing in three different ways:

1. By inhaling and exhaling rapidly, taking shallow breaths.

2. By inhaling and exhaling slowly, taking long or deep breaths.

3. By stopping the act of breathing altogether.

We are primarily concerned with No 2. This type of breath control will allow us to create the necessary extra Qi(chee) our bodies need to increase fitness levels and a clearer mind.

The original Prana breathing methods were part of the ancient Indian Vedas some 1200 to 1500 BC. The most sacred Indian text of the second century BC the Bhagavadgita mentions Pranayama as a means of spiritual enlightenment.

Although the process of spiritual enlightenment is far less easy to quantify, the use of Pranayama as a means of strengthening the health is well documented. Pranayama breathing techniques are often used as a precursor to meditation.

Qi Qong, is similar to Pranayama in that Qi (chee) means breath or breath of life and Qong means mental control over the body. It is believed that Qi Qong is even older than Pranayama and early breath control practices became an important part of Chinese medicine.

When you next yawn, which might be now, seeing how we have mentioned it. Observe how you feel when the yawn has finished, your body will be relaxed, if you had any pain or discomfort, this would be alleviated for a few seconds.

This is an example of how the changing of your normal breathing pattern can bring a change to your body conditions. The Chinese believe it is the disruption of the flow of Qi within the body that causes many diseases and the re-establishment of the Qi (energy) flows that can bring about an upturn in our well being.

Using these practices on a daily basis can give us a good platform for strengthening our immune systems. A word of caution, be very mindful when performing this Pranayama (Yoga Breathing Exercise), and return to normal breathing if you feel light-headed, dizzy, or faint. Remember we only need the basic breath control here, if you think Pranayama can bring you more benefits then look for one of the many good books available or better still join a class.

Posture: There are several postures recommended for Pranayama breathing exercises, most include the type of sitting with crossed legs that can be seen in many books or TV programs. Not many people have the time to spend learning how to achieve these postures, although they can prove beneficial.

But to start your basic breathing exercise there is only one rule, NO slouching. If you prefer to sit, keep a straight back, this will allow for the free passage of air between the throat, lungs and abdomen. Keeping a straight back will also keep your mind more alert.

Although you can lie down if necessary, it is more difficult to do deep breathing while on your back, initially anyway. If you wish to learn about the other postures recommended, there are many good books available on Hatha Yoga.

Breathing: Unless stated all inhalations and exhalations should be through your nostrils, this allows the body greater control over respiration.

Belly Breathing: To do yoga belly breathing properly you should allow your lungs to fill from the bottom up, this will assure you of maximum air penetration and absorption. The lungs lay just behind the rib cage and are attached to the ribs, they are therefore pulled open and closed by them. If you are breathing only with the top half of the chest, the top of your lungs will open first so that the air fills them only up at the very top.

If on the other hand you push your belly out as you inhale you will expand your diaphragm first. The lower ribs will then push out and open the lower portion of the lung first. The air will then rush down into them to fill the vacuum there and so fills your whole lung chamber from the bottom to the top. When you exhale, you are in effect reversing the process, by pulling the belly in at the end of the exhalation. This last movement pushes the air complexly out of the lower portion of your lungs and so pushes all the toxins of the used air out of your lungs.

Dont worry if takes you a little time to practice and feel right when using this breathing method. Re-Cap. Deeper, steady breathing can increase the amount of oxygen the body can use to burn out disease. The use of Pranayama increase the amount of chi the body can use, for health and spiritual matters. Chi can be used by the Inner and Higher-Self to help manifest your desires. Start to breathe deeper when relaxing during the day and see what a difference it can make to how you feel.

Gerard Bulger is an IT Consultant who has been studying the work at home Internet business market for several years, he also writes on self-help and the esoteric sciences. He is a sponsor for the Internet Mentoring company Empowerism and can be found at www.ok101.com and www.empowerism101.com

Ayurveda Treatment For Heart

by Mike Cliff

At the spirit of Ayurvedic wiseness lies a natural world…where herbs heal the mettle, meditation mends it and deeper remedies take tooth root every day. Except for the firm cursive Sanskrit hand and modern font terms, an Ayurvedic “prescription” has changed little in the past thousand years. How did the ancient Ayurvedic doctor, unfurnished with titanium-plated tools and ready-made checkup textbooks, get to the root word of cardiac healing. “Precisely because he was ,” smiles Dr R.K. Mishra, renowned Ayurvedic vaidya. “Plants were his entire pharmacopoeia.

He had to acknowledge every flora, folio, base and fiber by nerve. The Ayurvedic vaidya was really two things rolled into one–a doc and a herbal pharmacologist. Studying plants gave him insight into the incredible intelligence of the living cell. And instead of extracting a single active ingredient, he used the whole herb, with entirely its built-in checks and balances, to heal.

For example, the leafage of a certain works could carry a potent antiviral, but its stem could nullify completely the harmful reactions or side effects.” Once the vaidya had found the theme causal agency of spunk disease, he set approximately trying to identify the healers. He picked out the herbs that worked for the pump. Continued from page 1. Its fascinating to think how Ayurveda and allopathy have been thinking on the same lines for so long. Take cholesterin, for illustration. The vaidya had no way of isolating.

It is reasonable to theorize that Ayurvedic practitioners knew close to unblock radicals altogether. Not only did the vaidyn recognise the culprit, he had already commissioned the cops: antioxidants. Using the knowledge of antioxidant herbs from Ayurveda, practitioners of Bodoni medicine ar treating, even preventing, clogged arteries and kernel attacks.

Realizing that by themselves they not strong enough, Ayurveda and Bodoni font skill now seem to be joining hands. A unexampled, promising branch of healing is steadily taking etymon worldwide. Combining ancient soundness with modem techniques, this young scientific discipline might be the brave Modern frontier of human healing.
Mike Cliff http://www.remedyupdate.com

Auras – The Energy of Life

by Jeffry R. Palmer

I have seen auras my entire life. I remember feeling surprised and confused when I first learned that not everyone is able to see auras. This sense of bewilderment led me to search for clues at an early age as to what the exact nature of the aura really is.

My research encompassed eastern philosophy, biology, Jungian psychology, electro-magnetism, metaphysics, new age spiritualism and a host of other material which served to shed some light on the phenomena of auras but which didnt quite match what I observed with my own eyes. I do not mean to imply that other interpretations of auras are wrong or right, only that they are not exactly matched to what I have witnessed personally.

It has been my personal observations of auras which have led to the conclusions that I now share with you. First let me describe, as best as possible, what it is that I see when referring to auras. Later, I will offer my thoughts regarding the nature of auras.

I see a vibration upon the surface of objects consisting of multiple colors that seems to resonate based on how much energy the particular object is releasing or reflecting.

Note how I have used the word objects. The auras that I see surround everything, living or not.

I have noticed that the aura of people changes based on moods and health. Particular areas of the body seem to be more likely to manifest a change in aura than others. Hands, face and forehead specifically, seem to offer an indication of general mood and health. The aura vibrates more intensely and appears either orange or red in overall color when a person is ill or suffering some pain.

I have observed a purplish hue in the aura of people suffering from migraine headaches as well as depression. This purplish color is usually seen in the area of the temples or at the brow-line, but I have also noticed it surrounding the hands and feet of depressed people.

The color and size of the aura changes in people during various emotional states. By size I am referring to the distance that the aura spreads out from the body. People in an agitated or angry mood have an aura that appears chaotic and usually orange/red in color. I have also seen changes in aura colors before, during and after meditation.

The air surrounding people has an aura itself, and the aura of a person interacts with the aura of the air surrounding them, its sometimes impossible to determine where the human aura begins and where the air aura ends.

The color of an object has an effect on the aura that it creates. Lighter colored objects seem to reflect aura energy and darker objects seem to absorb it. Primary colors create an aura that most resembles the aura color that I observe most often in people.

The surface of water does not seem to have an aura. I find this unusual since almost every other thing seems to be generating aura energy or reflecting it and has a visible aura radiation. I assume that water has special properties relating to aura energy and must be absorbing aura energy at such a rate that aura is not visible on the surface. I have noticed that other reflective surfaces, mirrors, glass, etc, also seem to have a diminished aura level, but not so much as the surface of water which has no observable aura.

On one memorable occasion I have witnessed a person briefly with what is best described as a black aura. I found this event to be very disturbing and worrisome and did not feel inclined whatsoever to investigate that persons aura in any further detail.

Probably the most significant observation that I have made of auras deals with the subject of the afterlife. At the moment of death there is a sudden and intense burst of aura energy. This aura energy burst radiates outward in a split second and is gone. I have witnessed this phenomenon at the passing of my grandmother as well as in on a few occasions.

We know that living things create and store energy in various forms. We also know that living things are capable of conducting electrical and other forms of energy within their environment. Further, we understand that the environment is a complex energy system, constantly changing and transforming one form of energy into another. A thunderstorm is a good example of the environment in a state of continual energy flux. It is my belief that the human aura is the result of various energies coming into contact and interacting with one another. The human aura is not necessarily a discharge of energy but rather a field of energy created by interactions with the energy fields active within the environment.

Science has to a certain extent validated these statements. David Bohms theories regarding the existence of an energetic multidimensional universe provide a framework for the discovery of the auras origin. I will save the discussion of theoretical physics relating to auras and other paranormal activity for another article. Suffice it to say that the leading scientists of today offer at the very least,the potential for the existence of subtle energies in the form of human auras.

Human aura energy is capable of interacting with the environment and vice versa, and non-living objects are able to retain the energies of living creatures suggesting a method of energy transference that has not been the subject of serious research.

Continued research of aura phenomena may lead to a better understanding of the subtle interactions of living creatures within the energy fields of the environment. Further research may also provide valuable insights into areas of communication, psychology, health and ultimately may even offer answers to the questions of life after death.
Jeffry R. Palmer Ph.D. – Metaphysician, Thought Energy Consultant and Syndicated Columnist, Is the author of “Judo for the Soul – The Art of Psychic Self Defense”, as well as several articles and papers relating to metaphysics, spirituality and paranormal phenomena. Further information about Mr. Palmer, his books and articles can be found at: http://the-psychic-detective.com

An Easy Guide to a Healthy Aura

by Jeffry R. Palmer

An Easy Guide to a Healthy Aura

Most of us are unaware of the health of our auras or life energy. We go about our daily business without ever giving a second thought to a very vital part of our lives. For the majority of people auras are intangible, invisible the notion of life energy is purely an idea or abstract concept, not a thing that can be monitored and measured easily like blood pressure or insulin levels. Yet life energy or auras are just as real and important as any other measurement of our health and well being.

Just because you cant see an aura doesnt mean it isnt there. You cant see a radio wave or an x-ray, but you know they exist. The truth is that auras and life energy can be measured with todays instruments. Modern medicine, being what it is, just hasnt made the technology widely available. Anyone interested in maintaining a healthy aura today must rely on others capable of seeing or sensing life energies. Fortunately there are many practices available which we can utilize ourselves to help insure a healthy and balanced aura.

Most people go through life with their auras extended far beyond a healthy range. Many of us have been lead to believe that a big, extended aura is a good thing. Actually this isnt the case. An extended aura is susceptible to all sorts of negative energies. Your life energy becomes vulnerable to any negative energy it may come into contact with. Its a bit like walking around in cold weather wearing nothing but your underwear. Youre just asking for all sorts of problems. Symptoms of an over-extended aura include; headaches, irritability, depression, stress, anxiety, muscle pain, joint pain, nausea, the list goes on.

A quick and easy solution to an extended aura is a few minutes of focused meditation. You do meditate dont you? During meditation, visualize your aura as a vibrating energy field around your entire body. Take some deep breaths and imagine your aura moving in closer to your body with each breath. Do this until you feel that your aura is less than a quarter of an inch from your body surface. Try this exercise anytime that you sense your aura may be too “far out” You will know that this is the case if you start having random negative thoughts or begin to suffer phantom aches and pains. Your aura at those times is picking up on any illness or negativity in your immediate vicinity.

Another easy fix for an extended aura is to soak in a nice long bath. Water has an amazing ability to rejuvenate life energy. Water also happens to compress the aura to its healthiest size. Ever wonder exactly why a hot bath feels so relaxing? Water rebalances our life energy. Its no accident that we spend the first nine months of life submerged in water. Water sustains us.

Your aura may be positioned perfectly and still require some healing. This is often the case when we spend any length of time with truly negative people or suffer from any kind of shock or turmoil. If you are feeling drained or low on energy take some time to recharge yourself, meditate, drink plenty of water give your body some rest and allow your aura some time to heal naturally.

Another consideration of a healthy aura concerns clothing and color. Color can have a direct affect on the health of our life energy. As a rule of thumb aura energy reacts to color in much the same way as light. Dark colors tend to absorb life energy and lighter colors reflect it. Wearing black or dark colors everyday can attract any type energy, whereas lighter colored clothing reflects the energy of others while keeping our own energy insulated. If you are in constant contact with large groups of people you should consider a lighter colored wardrobe. Otherwise you are likely to absorb the energy of everyone around you, good, bad and ugly. The dark colored business suit really isnt a good idea where aura energy is concerned.

Maintaining a healthy and well balanced life energy level is a lot less difficult and mysterious than many might think. It requires no more effort than watching what you eat or monitoring your physical reactions to the environment. As with many other aspects of our health, vigilance is the key to a healthy and nurtured aura.
Jeffry R. Palmer Ph.D. – Metaphysician, Thought Energy Consultant and Syndicated Columnist, Is the author of “Judo for the Soul – The Art of Psychic Self Defense”, as well as several articles and papers relating to metaphysics, spirituality and paranormal phenomena. Further information about Mr. Palmer, his books and articles can be found at: http://the-psychic-detective.com