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DETOX/CLEANSING TECHNIQUES RECOMMENDED IN AYURVEDA AND YOGA

In Yogic and Ayurvedic sciences, there are certain purificatory/cleansing processes which are very useful for detoxifying the body and mind. In Yoga, there are 6 such techniques/methods, called “Shad/Sat Karma/Kriyas”. “Shad” or “Sat” means six and “Karma/Kriya” means processes or methods. These are mentioned in Gheranda Samhita as

ANAHATA/HRIDAYA CHAKRA SHUDDHI – PURIFYING THE HEART CENTRE

According to Yogic philosophy, there are 7 main chakras (energy centres) within our bodies, namely Mooladhar (root) chakra, Svadishthan (sacral) chakra, Manipur chakra (solar plexus), Anahata (heart) chakra, VishuddhI (throat) chakra, Ajna/Agya (third eye) chakra and Sahasrara (crown) chakra. There are also 7,272,210 nadis (energy channels) in our

DETOX

In recent times, the term “detox” has become a household word. Many people talk about it and quite a number of them adopt different methods of detoxification. Here we will discuss the necessity for detoxification, the different methods to detoxify our systems, the best time/season to do detoxification

BHASTRIKA PRANAYAMA

According to Ashtanga yoga system, Pranayama is the fourth anga (limb) – it is preceded by the three limbs, namely Yama, Niyama and Asana, and followed by Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi. Pranayama means breathing techniques wherein the breathing is regulated/controlled in some specific ways. There are mainly

CINNAMON

Cinnamon is a commonly used spice in daily cooking throughout the world. Centuries ago, Ayurveda recognised the healing properties and beneficial effects of cinnamon on health, and included it in many common/regular recipes as well as in specific Ayurveda formulas which have been successfully used as herbal health

GINGER

Ginger is one of the most commonly used condiments in daily cooking today. Ayurveda recognized the medicinal properties of ginger many centuries ago and included it in India’s daily cuisine. Ginger is used in both its wet and dry form. Wet ginger is called “Aardrak/Aardrika” in Sanskrit and

SESAME SEEDS

Most people around the world are familiar with sesame seeds. With regard to their colour, sesame seeds are of three types – white, black, and light red. Most often, white and black sesame seeds are used for oral consumption and for oil extraction. According to Ayurveda, black sesame

BLACK PEPPER

This is one of the most common spices/condiments often used in cooking all around the world. In Indian cooking it is used almost every day. Most people may not be aware that black pepper is used as one of the main supporting/complementary ingredients in about 80% of Ayurvedic

Jaalandhar Bandh

Ayurveda says that there are 10 different types of the air element in the body – five Pradhaana Vaayu (primary airs), namely, Praana Vaayu, Apaana Vaayu, Udaana Vaayu, Samaana Vaayu and Vyaana Vaayu. And five Upa Vaayu (secondary airs), namely, Naaga Vaayu, Kurma Vaayu, Devadatta Vaayu, Krikalaa Vaayu

SHANKHAPUSHPI

Ayurveda says Shankhapushpi is one of the three main herbs which are excellent for the brain and work as mental health tonics, the other two being Brahmi and Vacha. Shankhapushpi is exceptionally useful to enhance intelligence. Shankhapushpi is a combination of two Sanskrit words – “Shankha”, which means