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|.In Sanskrit "Ashta + anga" is Ashtanga. "Ashta" means Eight and "Anga" is limbs so it means Eight Limb path, ashtanga yoga is based on Yoga Philosophy of Patanjali. The asanas, Pranayamas or the dharana or the yam and niyam are based on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, which are:|
1. YAMA (principles of moral code)
2. NIYAMA (personal disciplines)
3. ASANA (yoga postures)
4. PRANAYAMA (yoga breathing)
5. PRATYAHARA (mind control)
6. DHARANA (concentration on object)
7. DHYANA (meditation)
7. SAMADHI (salvation)
|The term Hatha Yoga has been commonly used to describe the practice of asana (postures). The syllable 'ha' denotes the pranic (vital) force governing the physical body and 'tha' denotes the chitta (mental) force thus making Hatha Yoga a catalyst to an awakening of the two energies that govern our lives. More correctly the techniques described in Hatha Yoga harmonise and purify the body systems and focus the mind in preparation for more advanced chakra and kundalini practices.
|"Pranayama is control of Breath". "Prana" is Breath or vital energy in the body. On subtle levels prana represents the pranic energy responsible for life or life force, and "ayama" means control. So Pranayama is "Control of Breath". One can control the rhythms of pranic energy with pranayama and achieve healthy body and mind.|
|Asana is a Body posture, it is a Sanskrit word used to describe a position of the body. Patanjali, the founder of Ashtanga Yoga defines asana as "Steady and comfortable posture". Traditionally many asanas are practiced in Hatha Yoga tradition, primarily to achieve better physical and mental health. Asanas have deep impact on the entire body and mind complex, it affects different systems in the body like muscular, respiratory, circulation, digestive, excretory, reproductive, endocrine, nervous system.
|It stimulates, warm and invigorates the Kapha system by removing retained water and toning the muscles while healing wounds. It consists of nirgundi, karavira and neem leef extracts.
|Another formulation of herbs like brahmi, manjista and guduchi in an organic base of sesame and sunflower oil this soothing oil purifies, moistens and sedates a Pitta skin that is sensitive to environmental hazards. It eliminates heat and purges blood thereby easing tension.
|This herbal oil restores vitality to the Vata skin while eliminating toxins and improving circulation. Consisting of an effective blend of herbs like ashwagandha, bala, passionflower etc in an organic sesame or olive oil base, it warms, lubricates and restores strength and calmness to the skin.
|There are various types of ayurvedic massage oils that render a healing touch to the body and cure it of many diseases. Based on the different doshas a person belongs to, various ayurvedic massage oils have varying effects on individuals. Knowing the elements that suits an individual, is thus essential for effective medication. While a person with a mix of air and space may derive benefit from Vatha oil massage with warming oils, another with a combination of fire and water might gain from a Pitta oil massage with cooling oils. A dry Kapha oil or warm mustard oil massage suit those who have water with some parts of Earth as their elements.
|A basic yoga routine can lead to a healthier and more balanced life. Try to focus on your weaker areas, since many make the mistake of working their strongest muscles. Concentrate during your yoga routines. Look inwardly, and ask your mind, body, heart and spirit what you need to put you attention on this day.
Simple Kitchadi recipe:
Use one cup of split moong dhal and one cup of basmati rice. Wash then add 6 cups of water. Add salt and turmeric and bring to the boil the simmer till cooked (or use rice cooker). Add pinch of cardamom and pinch of clove powder (not in Summer). Add a little cumin fried in ghee.
Ghee (clarified butter), for a good health and usefull in the Ayurveda Kitchen
Ghee is one of the lightest oils, ideal for cooking as doesn’t burn easily. Digestive, improving absorption and assimilation, ghee nourishes, improves memory, lubricates, makes body flexible (good with yoga!). Its most beneficial to Pitta and Vata types, and Kapha types should consume in limited amounts. Ghee helps clean channels and carries medicinal properties of herbs to tissues. NB. Kapha dosha`s or persons with a Kapha imbalance should not use to much, only one teaspoon a day.
|Place one or two bars of unsalted butter in a saucepan until it boils; then lower the heat. When the white foam of milk solids which will accumulate on the top begins to collapse and thicken, start skimming it off. Do not disturb the bottom of the pan, as some of these solids will also sink and can be left in the pot until after the ghee is poured off. As the butter continues to boil, watch the oily portion to see when it becomes clear, and watch the sediment on the bottom to see when it turns a golden brown. Be careful this does not burn! When all the water is evaporated, the bubbling sound will stop. When only the clear oil and the golden sediment remain, the ghee is ready. Remove from the heat, and let it sit for a moment. Pour the ghee off into an earthenware, glass or metal container (not plastic- it will melt!) Ghee doesn’t need to be in fridge but do keep out moisture.
Apply Vicks Vaporub ( or simular product ) on the chest and gently rub clockwise. Also take a glass of milk, ad one teaspone of tumeric powder. Warm this and drink it slowly 3 or 4 times daily. You can also add a little bit of honey for a good taste, only don`t heat the honey because that can cause you Ama, which is the sticky waste-product of digestion that builds up in the digestive tract when your digestion is either weak or overloaded with the wrong foods.
Breathing through the left nostril alone with the right nostril closed for a view minutes, or,
Breaht in through the right nostril and breathe out through the left.
Both in meditation position. If possible in the open air or in a peacefull clear room.
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|One night & two days|
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|Hair failling, dandruff and graying of hair are three main worrying conditions. Our diet is responsible for the formation of blood, bones, skin, hair and all tissues. In case of hair related issues, SALT is considered as 1th enemy. Hair falling and graying is very common in those who consume excess salt in the diet. Other preparations like pickles contain more salt as a part of recipe; hence these items should be restricted. It is always good to have slightly less salt than having slightly more as a routine.
|At San Mike homestay its possible to follow a cooking class. You will learn how to make some authentic Kerala dishes teached by the host family. Taste the Indian masala`s and see how all flavors together creates the best dishes.|