Ayurveda and Yoga
The practice of unifying the mind and body self and cosmic self. Commonly practiced as postures and breathing and meditation to harmonise body and mind.
The are various different types of yoga:
A form of physical postures and breathing techniques based on ancient buddhist and hindu texts practiced to strengthen the body and mind. Hath Yoga is based up on the Hatha Yoga Pradipika which is a 15th century manual about yoga practice.
Iyengar yoga was named after B. K. S Iyengar, he developed this form of hatha yoga. This style of hatha yoga has more emphasis on alignment of the postures to build strength in the body, it also useds pranayama breath control techniques.
A western idea of performing yoga asana in a heated environment
Yoga nidra is also known as yogic sleep it is a state of deep relaxation somewhere between being awake and asleep where the whole body and mind is relaxed. This is the practice of pratyahara which is sense withdrawal. The objective id to reach a state of deep relaxation and to move to a state call samadhi a conscious meditation.
The breath is our source of life and by practicing pranayama or breath control techniques we can increase the energy levels in our body. Various techniques are used counting the breath, holding the breath to increase the prana or life force in our bodies.
Meditation is where the mind is focused and relaxed and the objective is to clear mental thoughts and bring the body into a calm relaxed conscious state. Meditation has been practiced throughout hundreds of years throughout the world for religious and non religious reasons.
This is a type of head massage that is used in Ayurveda involving warm liquids being poured with medicated with herbs being poured on the forehead, it is part of a panchakarma process. It is highly effective in aiding relaxation, reducing anxiety and mental stress.