To maintain a healthy lifestyle you can keep a discipline in your daily diet, exercise and relaxation. And your daily routines can be designed according to the season, your age and your present health condition.
Do the seasons effect my health?
There is strong bound between your inner and outer nature. All the changes happening in the outer world will effect your inner world too. That is why ayurveda insists on preserving the nature and reducing the pollution that creates illness in our organs. For example, a our lungs can only function with the trees that generates oxygen…
How is ayurveda analysing my age?
(Four seasons of life) For instance, the first 30 years are considered as growing period – the childhood period in ayurveda, which is influenced by kapha, the water element. From 30 to 60 years is the youth of a person, influenced by pitha, the fire element. From 60 to 90 is considered as the mid-age and which has the influence of both pitta in the beginning and more vata (air element) at the end. 90 year onwards vata takes over for the rest of the life. The actual life span of a human is considered as an average of 120 years in the state of balance in the elements. We can see many people who lived (and are still living) over 120 years in different parts of the world.
How do I plan my lifestyle according to my present health condition?
Your lifestyle includes your diet, exercise and relaxation programs. With the help of ayurveda when you know about yourself more your can design your food, yoga therapy program and the relaxation techniques for your body and mind with meditation exercises. You can also improve your sleep with the help of ayurveda.
To start an ayurveda lifestyle first of all find out your PDE (Present Dominating Element). You can do a self-test here to get the results and recommendations. And once you know your PDE you can follow the recommendations...
Three levels of practice
Everything we do without the proper research is merely an exercise. When we design a lifestyle with the awareness of our body and mind type it becomes a therapy. Through the continuous practice of a therapeutic life, we can upgrade our life into the third level, which is the spiritual development of our eternal soul.
When we look at the world we can see that most things are done just to fulfill a momentary purpose. For instance, if you are hungry and just want to fill your stomach with some food, you just think about the food, not about the quality of the food; here eating is merely an exercise to maintain the life, not the health.
But if you are more conscious about your health, you will try to find a food that can balance your elements; here you can say that you are eating as a therapy to maintain your health, not just to fill your stomach.
Through the practice of your ayurveda lifestyle, you will eventually reach to a point where you upgrade your life into the third level, where you won’t just buy a food; instead you buy the essence of it. For instance you will start to think about the clean energy of the food you are going to eat and select the food that has more Satvic energy.
Whether it is a workout for the body or following a food structure, adapt the ayurveda recommendations in your life by proper understanding of your health.
The three major fields of life
It is interesting that if you learn the basics of ayurveda you can use it anywhere in your life, whether it is to choose your right partner or select a better profession, you will be able to find the best out of your choices through this life wisdom.
Think about the time you spend on the three major fields of life; your sleep, your personal life, and your professional life. For the easiness of the subject, if you divide your lifetime into these three fields, you can see how much time you are spending in each field. When you look through the window of ayurveda you will get a clear picture about how much time you actually need to spend in each field to attain the best out of this life.
First of all we can calculate a person’s daily lifestyle with the help of time. For that we can divide the total hours into three, which is 24/3 = 8 hours. That means that in general a person needs 8 hours of sleep, 8 hours for his private life and 8 hours for his professional career development.
8 hours sleep
Whatever therapy you do, whichever way you try to relax, you can’t replace your deep sleep with anything. I say, your sleep is the best therapy your body and mind can get to achieve a complete rest and relaxation.
We can say that we spend one third of our whole life sleeping. According to the birth and age dominant elements a person’s sleep varies so even though eight hours is considered as the appropriate time for sleeping, the duration and the depth of sleep varies from person to person according to present dominating element.
If you want to make your sleep as your therapy try to sleep in savasana (kapha balancing) or sayana balasana (vata and pitha balancing) to improve your posture and breathing during your sleep.
Minimum 8 hours for personal life
when you are away from your own feelings, or not getting enough time to share it with your people, you are actually taking a leave from your life by escaping to the tunnel of your job where you only see the success by the end result, not by being or living in the fruitful moments.
Whatever you do as your profession, leave the work outside your head when you leave your office and spend your valuable time with your beloveds, your family, your friends and more than that with your inner self, your soul. Through the sharing of your inner self, you grow with your age instead of ageing with your growth.
By understanding the basic principles of ayurveda and realizing your birth and age dominant elements you can redesign your lifestyle by adopting the right food structure, following your sleep routines and spending more time for your personal life routines such as: being more in the nature to reflect about your inner sides, building bridges of communication with your beloveds to create a good flow of love, and practicing yoga and meditation according to your particular body-mind type. And overall make a promise to yourself that you will live until you die.
Maximum 8 hours for profesional life
Are you satisfied in your present job? If your answer is yes, you are on the right track, because satisfaction is the key to your happiness. If you love what you do, that means you enjoy it and your working time flies like a bird instead of passing like a snail. You will be happy and cheerful and that gives light to your work and life to the people you connect with. But suppose that you are not completely satisfied with your present job, then everything will be just opposite; instead of love you feel anger and irritation to yourself and others in your office and this creates disappointment and sadness in your life. Overall it leads to darkness and death instead of light in your life. Now the question is; how can we overcome this situation?
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