Yoga is an invaluable gift of ancient Indian tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature and a holistic approach to health and well-being. Yoga is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with ourselves, the world and nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us to deal with climate change. Since ancient times, sages have been saying: ‘Sharirmadhyam Khaludharam Sadhnam’, i.e. whether be it work or pleasure, it is possible only through a healthy body. Modern medical science also considers prevention a primary step towards good health. Therefore, it is necessary to make Yog a part of daily routine. It is true that 65 % of Indian population and also similar number of people in other countries who cannot even think of seeking expensive medical treatment, have been blessed with life saving medicine in the form of Yog.
They may have the resources, but they have no knowledge about which treatment to take. Yog and Pranayam have prevented people from getting into such dismal situations.
Yog offers a recourse for those who have lost hope as it has always opened a new path when all other paths are closed. Today, Yoga has attained global recognition and an exalted status as an ancient health building system. Yogrishi Swami Ramdev has done a massive contribution towards achievement of perfect health and fitness by eradicating several diseases through Yog. Efforts made by Patanjali Yogpeeth has now led to the wider acceptance of Yog, countless people have realized that their serious ailments get cured with the practice of Yog. Today people of every age, segment, caste and religion have made Yog part of their daily routine. Although from the treatment point of view various Yogasanas, Mudras, Kriyas and Shatkarma are beneficial, but on the basis of our experience on millions of people, we have concluded that for the alleviation of the majority of diseases mainly eight Pranaymas and twelve Asanas are sufficient. By doing so, one can get rid of number of diseases without conventional medicine and surgical treatments. Yoga balances tridosha, regulate thirteen agnis, nourishes seven dhatus and ojas along with the purification of srotas, complete purification of sensory organs and mind, and achievement of self awareness.
Vedas are considered as a message from God and Ayurveda has also generated form the Vedas. Ayurveda is as old as the Vedas. The “Rig Veda”, which is the oldest repository of human knowledge, has described about 67 plants. Other Vedas, namely, Sam, Yajur and Atharv are also replete with references to various aspects of Ayurveda, including the description of drugs and their therapeutic properties. Medicinal plants are also described in the Saimta, Upnishida and Purana texts.
Ayurveda is an all-embracing system of medical teachings which includes a number of different historical layers and interpretations. This makes hard to pick one simple set of ideas and call it as “Ayurveda”.
The main aim of Ayurveda is to promote health, prevention and treatment of chronic and dreadful diseases. For protection, various sages focused on formula derived from various herbs that can give immediate relief to the human being. According to Ayurveda no ailment can be exclusively physical or psychological. Physical illness affects psychologically and psychological diseases impact living beings physically. For this reason, Ayurveda considers all diseases as psycho-somatic and treat is articulated accordingly.
An Ayurveda practitioner not only treats a person, based on physical symptoms but he also treats them keeping in consideration the condition of spiritual, psychological and physiological tendencies. In addition, energetic forces, body tissues, and waste products are also considered for treatment of a patient. Hence, Ayurveda is not only a symptomatic treatment but also a systemic one that leads human to attainment of complete health. Each medicine in Ayurveda acts as a rejuvenator. Immunity enhancing medicines and dietary regimen is a gift of Ayurveda to Mankind.
Along with medicinal treatment, a detailed description of a healthy daily regimen like waking up early, drinking water on an empty stomach, bowel movements, cleaning the teeth; body massage,yoga, pranayam, selection of clothes and importance of wearing ornaments all are described in Ayurveda. Similarly, the detailed description of night regimen including sleeping early, diet, time of dinner and conduct are also given in Ayurveda. Ayurveda also elaborates behavior, diet, lifestyle and clothing during different seasons. Adapting seasonal regimen helps to keep the health better and prevent disease. To achieve complete healthy and happy life, Ayurveda also emphasize religious and moral duties, the moderate pursuit of wealth, avoiding unnecessary desire and striving for liberation.