Who is a healthy Individual according to Ayurveda?
He who, being established in Self,
has balanced doshas (the governing principles of physiology),
Balanced agni (healthy appetite and digestion),
Properly formed dhatus (tissues),
proper elimination of malas (wastes),
Proper functioning kriyas (bodily processes),
And whose manas (mind),
Atman (soul), and
indriya (senses) are full of bliss -is called a healthy person.
80% of all illnesses start with the mind and a vata disturbance therof, and in todays frenetic lifestyle which is extremely stressful, even the pace of life is not something our ancestors had to deal with.
We all know that stress ages us prematurely, and causes severe depletion of the immune system and overburdens the adrenal system, creating a internal environment of catabolism(destruction/depletion) In ayurveda this is called a vata disturbance that has now gone to the tissues of the body.
Meditation is one of the most powerful methods we can use to help quiet the mind and bring inner calm and create a strong resistence to stress, the health benefits are tremendous, and the side effects are amazing, clarity of mind and increased mental focus to name just a few, as well as increasing your mental acuity.
How to Meditate
One of the most profound meditations in ayurveda is the SO HUM meditation, it is simple to learn and very effective, and it is extremely relaxing both as a meditation practice it is known for reducing stress in the autonomic nervous system.
Sit in a meditative posture iether crossing your legs and straigtening your spine, or alternatively sitting on the edge of a chair, with your spine straight. Close your eyes and:
Breathing and The SO HUM
Inhale deeply and slowly – with inhalation say “SOOOOOOOOOO” in your mind(not aloud)
Exhale deeply and slowly, slightly longer than the inhalation and say “HUUMMMMMMMMMMMM” in your mind
Keep doing this with each breath in and out, you will find it one of the most profoundly calming practices, Keep going for around 108 repetitions or more and you will be simply amazed how utterly relaxed your entire system will be.
Here you can hear to some good relaxing music to assist you when practice your meditation.