AYURVEDA & Exercises

In Sanskrit, Exercise is called “Vyaayam” – The word Vyaayam originates from the roots – ‘Vy’ for specific, ‘aa’ means particular, and ‘yam’ is for control. So Vyaayam or Exercise is the means by which specific and particular control of the body is obtained.

  • Charaka defines exercise as “a physical action which is desirable and is capable of bringing about bodily stability and strength is known as Physical exercise”.
  • Sushruta defines exercise as “Any activity that brings weariness to the body is called exercise or Vyaayam”

These definitions are very well in tune with the modern concept of exercise and were probably the earliest definitions of exercise recorded in the history of medicine.

exercisesCharak Samhita endorsed the idea of the maintenance of positive Health which includes proper diet, sleep, rest and activity, and regular exercise. It described Body, Mind and Soul as three legs of a tripod which collectively sustains life. It explains that we should do Vyaayam for the body, and meditation and Yoga for the mind and soul.
“From Physical Exercise, one gets lightness, a capacity for work, firmness, tolerance of difficulties, elimination of impurities, and stimulation of digestion.” In fact, getting regular exercise is one of the most powerful things you can do to stay healthy, relieve stress, and reverse the aging process.

The secret is finding some physical activities that you most enjoy and that are suited to your mind-body type or DOSHA, so that it won’t be a chore to exercise regularly.

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