How to Detox your Mind and Body with the combined power of Ayurveda and Yoga

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2017-07-04T11:15:25+12:00December 19th, 2016|Food, Yogic Lifestyle|
Detox your Mind and Body with the combined power of Ayurveda and Yoga

“To keep the body in GOOD HEALTH is a duty…otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind STRONG and CLEAR” – Buddha

Take just a moment to reflect upon this statement above and your life currently. Do you honestly feel that you are living your life by this statement on a day to day basis?

In your gut and at the core of your being are you truly being honest with yourself in the fact that you are actively taking the measures to keep your physical body in a healthy state that promotes your longevity, and therefore has a flow on effect creating a strong mind, balanced emotions, and a happy soul?

Or, instead, do you feel that your life is on a constant fast forward, not knowing where you are coming or going? That the Festive Season that has just finished in all of its shiny amazingness would normally be your break from the craziness of peak hour traffic, work, rushed work lunches, trying to fit in all your chores so that you could actually enjoy the weekend, and all the other to-do lists that you have created in your mind and in your dairy…but instead the Festive Season was just as hectic, still absolutely unbelievable, yet exhausting.
Now that the Festive Season has concluded (or at least for most people as there are still those that just want an excuse to continue partying) you realise that you might easily slip into the same routine prior to the festive season, which left you feeling depleted by the end of the day just wanting to zone out in front of the television thinking to yourself that tomorrow you will get to the gym, tomorrow I will eat a healthy balanced lunch and not just a sandwich at my desk, that tomorrow I will re-connect with nature and perform my yoga practice in the park. The thing is that we know all of you are very intelligent individuals and you also know that using ‘tomorrow’ is an easy cop-out to push aside opportunities in life that you do not wish to deal with right now, even though you know that these can be extremely beneficial for you, not anyone else, but you!
As part of the Yogic Lifestyle and mindset (yes also found within Buddhism as well) is the belief that we only have the present moment. The past has been lived, the future is only a projection of what is to come, leaving the only thing that matters which is what we have right here, right now, in this very moment…and this is where life exists, not in the ‘tomorrow’, but in today.

With this insight, the realisation that you do not wish to have the same debilitating routine prior to the Festive Season, your New Year’s Resolution in hand, and really feeling Summer coming into effect, this is your time to kick-ass and detox your mind with not just one method, but the combined power of Ayurveda and Yoga!

So coming back to the first statement above. Take stock of your life and consider if you are in your current state really the best version of yourself. This may sound like a cliché and something that a Personal Trainer may scream at you to motivate you (don’t worry we won’t do that here as we are all about assisting you in fostering a loving, healing relationship with yourself). However, the outcome is the same. To be perfectly frank with you once you are open and willing to stop those negative habits which are only causing agitation and storage of toxins in your body, to adopt positive habits, that you will in fact naturally feel more amazing, confident, self-assured, powerful, alive, energised, balanced, full of light, glowing from within, and well you get the picture here.

An Unhealthy Lifestyle Ready for a Detox

An article written by Boseley, S. in 2015 represents in concrete findings that “poor diet has emerged as the biggest contributor to early death around the world, according to new analysis from the leading authorities on the global disease, with red meat and sugar-sweetened beverage among the foods implicated in  21% of global deaths…Institute of Health and Metrics and Evaluation (IMHE) in the US says that a combination of varying factors, eating too few fruit and vegetables, nuts and wholegrains…is taking a toll on health in the UK and across the globe” (Boseley, S, 2015, Poor diet ‘biggest contributor to early deaths across the world”, The Guardian, 2016).
In conjunction to the above finding Pollock, K, 2011, identified that “unhealthy diet is a major cause of chronic disease in New Zealand. Researchers estimate an extra serving of fruit or vegetables per day would reduce deaths from coronary heart disease by 10%, and from strokes, oesophageal and stomach cancer by 6%. Overweight and obesity cause ill health. The age-standardised obesity rate for the adult population increased from 19% in 1997 to 25% in 2006/7. New Zealand has a high obesity rate compared to other OECD countries” (Pollock, K, 2011, “Health and Society – Lifestyle and environment”, Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, 2011).

From looking at the studies above it is scary to see how the public health and our own health is getting so out of hand. That this is not the time to wait for a new strategy to be implemented by the government with the aim of salvaging the overall population’s health, but rather it is up to the individual, yourself, to actively seek a change in your own lifestyle, not just one aspect, but your entire being.
With this thought, imagine being able to take your health and wellbeing into your own hands today in an alternative way. To find time to completely immerse yourself and focus solely upon what you need to rejuvenate your body, mind, soul and emotional state all in one holistic process to transform your quality of life. To comprehensively cleanse, open new channels of boundless energy, re-connect with yourself bringing in more balance and harmony internally, and reverse the effect of waste build up through the modern lifestyle. Utilising two ancient Indian traditions, Ayurveda and Yoga, both created over 5,000 years ago, that are just as effective today as it was back then.

Ayurveda and Yoga

Both Ayurvedic Medicine and Yoga originating from India, may be different in their teachings, the components of the skill set learnt by the student, and the therapies used, however, in saying this both Ayurveda and Yoga are two interrelated branches of the same great tree of Vedic knowledge and a complete system of well-being. Together these two healing modalities are combined together demonstrating the full power of this combination encompassing all of human life providing you with the best of both worlds combining the philosophies, lifestyle, detox diet, traditional medicine, yoga, prnanyama, knowledge and insights gained to up-lift you throughout the New Year and rest of your life.

The word Ayurveda means ‘Science of Life’ and this traditional medicine utilises natural methods to heal the body from the inside. To not act as a quick fix, even though this concept is pushed in the Western World as a way to ‘detox’, however, through engaging in certain ‘quick fix diets’ such as lemon detox diet this can cause more harm to your body and mind then good. Instead Ayurveda’s diet, philosophy, medicine system, and lifestyle is detoxifying bringing all the toxins and waste to the surface. This allows the body to maximise the toxins released and minimise the toxins coming back in. Ayurveda goes far beyond a 3-day fast, but rather becomes an inherent and integral part of your daily life. The beauty of Ayurveda is that it embodies the simple and clear message that health is more than the absence of disease at your current state, rather it is built upon the integration between environment, body, mind, and soul. Focusing on the necessity of utilising the natural tools from Ayurveda to best serve your life and cleanse, becoming more in tune with yourself, allowing for the opportunity for self-development.

Yoga is one of the six Vedic philosophies and the word ‘Yoga’ means unison of the individual consciousness or soul with the Universal Consciousness or Spirit. This might seem like a shocker as you may have thought that Yoga was just a form of physical exercise where you twisted, turned, stretched and did some deep breathing exercises. Well, yes this is part of yoga, called the asanas and inviting in the prana (life force) to our bodies. However, the intention of Yoga extends far beyond these yoga poses that makes you think “that is just not humanly possible?!”.

Yoga, similar to that of Ayurveda, is an all-encompassing, holistic, and wonderful way of living that surpasses the superficial aspects of just purely a form of exercise to include meditation, asanas, pranayama, prana, and consciousness to connect to the deep rooted profound science of unfolding the infinite potentials of the human mind and soul to reach a state of enlightenment and intrinsic health and happiness.

Through immersing yourself fully into learning about Ayurveda and Yoga on a theoretical and practical level, as well as surrounding yourself with like-minded to facilitate this transformation you have the potential to utilise this sacred information to; help reduce your stress by the use of meditation, medicinal herbs, yoga and breathing exercises (pranayama); weight loss of maintenance as you will be adopting a natural and healthy balanced diet that is full of nutrient-dense foods; hormonal balance through essential oils, yoga, and a balanced diet; cleanses the body through ayurvedic treatments, yoga, pranayama, and an ayurvedic/yogic diet that helps the body in eliminating toxins from the body; healthy and glowing skin with a nutrient-dense diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as healthy fats, and overall balance as both Ayurveda and Yoga focuses on individualised treatments and coming back to your authentic truth improving the entire body, internally and externally resulting in recalibration of your body.  

It is imperative to remember from here on out that you have the choice and power to influence and control the quality of your life. Surrendering to a detox of your life and creating a healthy environment so that your overall wellbeing will flourish. That is essential to reintegrate Yoga and Ayurveda in order to bring full healing and spiritual potential so that you do not just dream about your life, but live it with absolute fullness. Through combining both Ayurveda and Yoga together you will receive the medical foundation from Ayurveda to eliminate toxins in your life and from Yoga you will receive the spiritual and psychological basis that will help support the Ayurvedic treatments to feel the harmony within. All of these shifts supported by your tribe that will assist you in going deeper to uncover your full potential!

Blog post by Tiffany Ma