One who is stable and established in the self is healthy. That is to say that identifying a healthy person doesn’t only entail physical fitness, but what’s even more crucial is ones mental fitness. One cannot say that ‘I’m healthy, but not interested in life’. The enthusiasm in life shows how healthy you are.
In Sanskrit, ashtanga means “having eight limbs or branches. According to the yoga sutras of Patanjali, there is a practice called the eightfold path that leads to self-awakening and liberation. Ashtanga yoga as the name says outlines all eight limbs of yoga and develops both physiological and spiritual health. It focuses on a predefined sequence of poses that are connected through breath and movement. Researchers have found that yoga accomplishes what many of us want from exercise, lower blood pressure, a slower pulse, better cholesterol readings. A more vigorous form of yoga called ashtanga offers greater aerobic benefits.
The Benefits of Ashtanga Yoga
- Improve flexibility. As with most forms of yoga, ashtanga will gradually improve your flexibility over time
- Increases strength
- Increases muscle tone
- Improve cardiovascular fitness
- Reduce body fat
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Increases focus and creativity
- Lower blood pressure
Patanali Yoga Sutra Shlokas
A founder of Ashtanga yoga tradition Sage Patanjali in 500 BC wrote a text containing 196 Sutras in Sanskrit which is known as Yoga Sutras. One sutra forms one statement. But the statements are in Sanskrit. Sutras are very compressed as far as meaning is concerned. So to explain and understand these Sutras, it takes lot of efforts and knowledge of Sanskrit but also understanding of the philosophy of yoga.
Atha Yoga anushasanam ( I – 1 )
Atha means Now
anushasanam means discipline.
So the meaning is “Now is the discipline of yoga”
Yogaha chitta vritti nirodhah ( I – 2 )
chitta means mind,
vritti means modifications of mind
nirodhah means to control
Yoga is to control the modifications of mind or functioning of the mind.
Tada drashtuh swarupe awasthanam( I – 3 )
Tada means – after that
drashtuh means – the seer
swarupe means – state of self or soul
awasthanam means – resides
After that (Control of functioning of mind) the seer establishes himself in to true state of being.
The Ayurvedic diet emphasizes eating whole foods, which can improve your overall health and boost weight loss. The diet also encourages mindful eating, a practice that may promote a healthy relationship with food.
Unlike many other diets, the Ayurvedic diet provides personalized recommendations about which foods to eat and avoid based on your body type. It’s also popular because it’s not only said to promote better health for your body but also your mind.
The Diet, which disturbs the balance among the body elements is called unbalanced diet. Many times a physically balanced diet can also disturb the homeostasis. Unbalanced diet causes dieseases on continued indulgence.
Vipreet word here denoted opposition. The composition of any two or more factors like desha virudha, kala virudha or agni virudha etc. when used, may create harmful effects on the health.