Ayurveda - Yoga
The Knowledge for attaining
"In the great teaching of the Vedas,
there is no touch of sectarianism.
It is of all ages, climes and nationalities
and is the royal road for the attainment of the Great Knowledge. "
Veda(science). Thus Ayurveda is the knowledge concerning the maintenance of a long and
healthy life. We owe the research to two sages Charaka and Agnivesa. They outlined a
science living and prolonging life without illness and to achieve self realization.
Charaka has compiled 150 chapters on details of food and drink substances, detailed
classification of disease, lines of treatment, use of drugs, diet and practices of
achieving good health. Throughout the central theme of Vedic sciences are to use the body,
mind and soul to service the real you (cosmic spirit).
and teachings encourage people to follow a pure lifestyle, one that gives clarity, peace
of mind and satisfaction.
Sensuous Ayurvedic Cuisine
- Through our sensory aspects of taste, smell, visuals, music Ayurvedic cuisine
delivers a sensuous (tantric) experience.
Ayurvedic tradition is at least 5,000 years old in India. It is an integrated and
comprehensive system of health, diet, wellness and balance for the mind, body and spirit.
Ayurvedic principles are applied to health and diet, our world of food and nutrition can
be perceived anew. Many Indian traditional menus are based on these time tested
theories about nutrition, natural law and holistic balance. - The menu
creatively use six tastes (or rasas) of Ayurvedic diet: sweet, sour, salty, bitter,
pungent and astringent.
balance diet in the Ayurvedic tradition does not revolve around fats, carbohydrates,
proteins, calories, vitamins and minerals. Ayurvedic Nutrition takes into account
body tissues, water levels, salt levels, electrolytes in the body, gunas or properties of
food, dosha or properties of the individual, tastes, qualities present in the food and
food sadhana or assimilation by our body.
Ayurveda is a
science of the individual.
A book that I
would recommend for learning Ayurveda is Perfect Health :
The Complete Mind/Body Program for Identifying & Soothing the Source of Your Body's
by Dr. Deepak Chopra
Perfect Health by
Dr. Deepak Chopra
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