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Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda: The Meaning of Chikitsa

YOGA THERAPY OR YOGA CHIKITSA   The Sanskrit term for therapy throughout its medical literature is Chikitsa, which literally refers to the application of consciousness (chit) or caring. Yoga Therapy is called Yoga Chikitsa. Yet chikitsa as a specific term occurs rarely in traditional yogic texts. Yoga texts do mention disease as one of the

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How to Treat Dual Doshic Types with Ayurveda and Yoga

Dual doshic types can complicate Ayurvedic treatment. We provide a few simple rules for dealing with these that can make treatment more effective.   Ayurveda has a brilliant yet simple division of human beings into three primary constitutional types of Vata, Pitta and Kapha that reflect our mind-body type and functions. Vata types are dominated

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Prana Beyond the Breath and Life Beyond Death

Prana is not the breath, though it is closely related to it at a physical level. Many people define prana as the breath or call it the breath. This can help us approach the vast subject of prana but can be misleading if we take it literally. In this article we will examine what prana

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Why Ayurvedic Students Should Study Vedanta

All Vedic knowledge, which Ayurveda is part of, aims at Self-realization – the recognition of our true nature (Atman or Purusha) as pure consciousness beyond body and mind. This is the highest goal of human life and grants us liberation from the cycle of rebirth, and gaining ultimate bliss and immortality. The  higher knowledge that

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Meditation in Yoga and Ayurveda

Meditation is the key practice of traditional Yoga and the prime factor behind an authentic Ayurvedic lifestyle. Mantra is its foundation. Meditation goes to the root of our consciousness and prana, connecting us to our higher Self and aligning us with the healing forces of the Self-aware universe. If we don’t meditate daily we lose

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Yoga and Ayurveda’s View of Depression and How to Overcome It

Depression has become widespread in recent years, more so during this pandemic when people must spend more time alone, limited in movement, with uncertainty about the future. It is afflicting young and old, rich and poor, educated and uneducated alike.    What is the cause of depression and how can we effectively address it? There

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For the Winter Solstice December 21, which marks the rebirth of the Sun and Agni What if the most powerful force for energizing all Yoga

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