Ayurveda: Daily Routine of Exercise
Let see how we can implement Ayurvedic Wisdom into practice reaping all the benefits that we might not get by just following the modern concept of Exercise alone.
The modern concept of exercise is based on the movement of muscles and muscle groups, of extensor and flexor compartments, and toning and synchronising the movements of the two. It also emphasizes development of core muscle groups and skills needed for a particular sport. In aerobic exercise, emphasis is given on reaching the target heart rate.
On the other hand, Ayurveda believes that every individual being different, its best to exercise until you do not get out of breath and have to mouth breathe. This is your Bal-ar-dha or half strength. You have to stop at this point and start again later after a period of rest. Slowly, this threshold level increases. This way while breathing deeply through your nose you are allowing the ‘Prana’ reach the remotest parts of the lungs, inducing a sense of relaxation at the level of body tissues.
If you push the body too much you end up taking short breaths from the mouth. Ayurveda explains that this generates stress in the body tissues (every cell of the body has a mind of its own as per Vedic Philosophy).
AYURVEDA suggests a Daily Routine of Exercise should include:
1. Breathing exercises to increase the flow of Prana (Life Force).
2. Meditation or deep relaxation to create a balance between internal self & external world and allowing the body to repair and mind to attain happiness and ultimately a state of permanent bliss.
3. Yoga Poses (yoga though is a complete science of Body, Mind & Spirit but at a superficial level the use of Yoga postures is very beneficial to enhance mind body coordination).
4. An appropriate Physical Activity (in accordance with your Dosha)
Such an exercise routine includes a work out that affects not only your body, but has a positive influence on your mind, emotions, senses and spirit. The benefits of Vyayama (exercise) are achieved as you focus on your chosen activity with awareness of your breathing, physical responses, and sense of well-being. When you exercise according to Ayurvedic Tradition, your energy and vitality are enhanced by the appropriate demands placed on your body and you are left with a feeling of Happiness.
P.S. to your Continued Happy & Harmonious Existence
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