What Is Ayurveda?

What is Ayurveda?

The parsley moves energy up and out. Simply take a few springs of parsley and pop into a teapot or cup. Pour in hot water and allow infusing for 5 minutes. Drink the tea and eat the parsley.

The steamed greens move energy up and the ginger moves energy out. Use either kale, spring greens or chard; stems removed and finely sliced. Steam the greens until vibrant green and then squeeze some freshly grated ginger juice on top. Sprinkle with gomashio which is (roasted sesame seeds and sea salt) readily available in natural food stores. This is a wonderful condiment to use to alkalise and strengthen the blood.

No mums. No dads. No brothers or sisters. Not your next-door neighbour or the lady from the corner shop. No grandmas.

No grandpas. Not the chap from the chip shop or the noisy lads at the back of the bus. Not your best mate. Not a single stranger. No one whatsoever. No one should face cancer alone.

Ayurveda is the ancient Indian science for healing the mind, body and spirit and it can take a lifetime of study for many. However, you can access this knowledge with intensive training if you wish to become more of an expert. Your teacher is correct – your diet and lifestyle will have a huge impact on how your mind, body and spirit operate.

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I suffer with sporadic back pain that is quite debilitating Physiotherapy only offers short-term relief so I would like to attend a yoga class but I'm worried that it will do more harm than good. Any advice?

It depends on the condition you have. I advise speaking to your physiotherapist first as they may have already undertaken an in-depth analysis of your back including x-rays. Is the problem related to an accident? You may do more damage if you start stretching and jumping without consideration of the potential injury you could do to your spine. If you want to practise yoga exercises to help strengthen the region of your back, then you should try Saravangasana (Shoulderstand), Paschi-mottanasana (Forward Bend), Pravatasana (Sitting Mountain) and Vajrasana (Thunderbolt), but please get clearence from your physiotheraphist before embarking on any new exercise regime.

Yoga is a complete blueprint for living – it is not just about bending and stretching without any consideration for what you eat and drink. In the West for too long, the emphasis has been placed on curing illness, whereas in the East the aim is to prevent illness, and instead of using pharmaceutical drugs to cure conditions, a lot of attention is focused on traditional herbal preparations, exercise and related disciplines.

Ayurveda can complement traditional orthodox medicine and has helped millions of people around the world to deal with critical and life-threatening conditions.

I have high blood pressure and was wondering whether there are any yoga poses that I can practise to help lower it.

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