Vrat (Fast) is being deprived of food & water or any liquid food intake for a short period of time with a purpose.

In fact, before anyone considers fasting for any duration or any sort like fasting of food or water should have a definite purpose for the same.

There are many scientific, health and spiritual reasons & benefits of fasting, one of the oldest way to cure and rejuvenate in history.

 

But what really could be a reason for fasting?

 

Medical reasons & benefits –

In a few cases it is observed before some medical tests or surgery, doctors & surgeons advice force stop of food & liquid intake prior to the treatment for a short duration. This is to prevent aspiration of stomach contents.

Doctors & dieticians also suggest fasting of various forms for weight loss, calorie/diet management, muscle growth, to improve heart health, give alertness to the body & increase focus, blood pressure, brain function, cancer prevention and simply boasting metabolism.

 

Spiritual reasons & benefits –

Any and all religions have a history of fasting with different beliefs, durations & sorts.

Spiritually fasting is done for Gods, planets, Gurus, for some festivals and more.

Spiritually benefits include – the lesson of self-control, purification of Mind & body at the spiritual level, donation and devotion.

 

Few common types of fasts are:

  • Water fasting: drinking only water for a fixed duration (example for 1 day in a week/month).
  • Fruit fasting: eating only fruits for a fixed duration usually without any flavors or salt & sugar.
  • Juice fasting: similar to fruit fasting; only drinking fruit or vegetable juices for a fixed duration
  • Partial fasting: Certain foods or drinks such as non-vegetarian food, animal products, dairy product or caffeine & nicotine are eliminated from the diet for a fixed duration.
  • Calorie restriction: Calories are restricted for a few days example skipping meals or having one meal a day for some duration.
  • Intermittent fasting: Intake is partially or completely restricted for a few hours up to a few days at a time and a normal diet is resumed on other days.
  • Dry fasting: it is a next level fasting not recommended without doctor’s advice, it is done by simply not having any intake or even water for a short duration.
  • Long fasting: fasting for a longer duration together with a specific diet, this should be only done with a dietician or doctor’s advice with a proper meal plan.

 

My fasting-

I fast in the middle of every week, Wednesday. It has a health and spiritual approach. As per Hindu religion it’s day of Lord Ganesha or Budha(Mercury) – the lord of wisdom, voice(communication) and business/commerce. I being the follower of Lord Budha, I keep my body pure at a spiritual level. I wake up & post my meditation, Yoga Practice and bath I do Pooja(worship) I chant this mantra of Lord Budha for wisdom

 

Om bum budhaaya Namah

 

My health approach is since it is the middle of the week, I feel detoxification and lower level of calories to balance my full week’s diet.

My personal observations are- Every Wednesday I feel more energetic and moreover, super focused. I literally feel like doing 3 days work in one day.

My diet includes 1 cup of black coffee, some fruits like apple, plain salad, banana or papaya without salt, sugar or any flavor & 4-5 liters of water.

 

How to start fasting?

 

Fasting starts with observation & purpose. Whether is health reason or spiritual, depending on your sadhna or your belief to any Guru, God or Religion? The first step to prepare your body mentally for a fast with specific reasons or motto for fasting. The next step is holding on caffeine, nicotine, tranquilizers, food or in other words simply making a wise habit of choosing what to eat & what not even if you are not fasting, to prepare at body level. It is simply a discipline or schedule of having your food at all times. In fact, we can see the discipline of food intake in animals too, they do follow a cycle when they stop eating food or having water sometimes when they are sick or they are following the cycle of detoxification.  The final step is making our selves strong, if our motto of fasting is to hold on for having food for 2 days and boasting it among our friends or other Yogi’s definitely this is no purpose, in fact, it is making our selves weak mentally. Finally, to adopt any fasting to diet change it is advisable to check with your dietician or doctor.

 

Fasting for Yoga –

For Yogis, Yoga is a faith. The faith in our own selves. When we have faith in ourselves we have an ability to heal ourselves. It is against our fear, fear of survival in our life without food. We have this belief in our mind that if we do not eat 2-3 times meals a day, we may feel & become weak. This fear stops us to learn, explore and observe the human level of body consciousness and experience what extent our body can do?

 

The greatest and the deepest meaning of Vrata or fast for a Yogi are to hold a positive attitude, faith, and belief.  Doing regular fasting, Pranayama (breathing techniques), meditation & Yoga makes a Yogi be in the higher state of consciousness and allow our physical body to perform at levels beyond our imagination.

 

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Ayurveda – “the wisdom of life” An Introduction

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Ayurveda –Ayurveda is known as world’s oldest known Health science founded in India 5000 years ago.
Word Ayur-veda is derived from word Ayus meaning life or longevity and Veda meaning wisdom.
Ayurveda is said to be founded by Indian Divine Hindu God Dhanvanatari,
Dhanvantari is an avatar of God Vishnu in Hinduism. Vedas (holy Hindu Sanskrit book) talk about
Dhanvantari as the physician of the gods (devas), and the god of Ayurveda.
It is written in the scriptures that, “One who remembers the name of Dhanvantari can be released from
all disease.” Lord Dhanvantari is worshipped all over India as the God of Medicine.
Ayurveda and 5 elements:
According to Ayurveda everything in Universe is made up of 5 different elements in different
propositions. These five elements are called “Panch Bhutas” in Sanskrit. All living & non-living things are
made up of these 5 elements food, stone, animals and everything. Soul is the only difference between
living and non-living things.
These 5 elements or Panch Bhutas are:
1. Earth(Prithvi)
2. Air(Vayu)
3. Fire(Tejas)
4. Water(Jal)
5. Space (Akash)
Each element can be considered as energy pattern and is vital to maintain balance in any body.
Here are few details about these elements appear in Mother Nature:

1. Earth(Prithvi)

The earth element, represents the solid state of matter and along with water is responsible for the
physical constitution of the body. Bones, teeth, and tissues are considered as earth elements. Earth
connects to the nose and the sense of smell.

2. Air(Vayu)

The air element is dry, mobile, light, cool, rough, and subtle.
Air is responsible for many functions within the human body, including movement of food through the
digestive system, elimination of waste, assimilation of food and the health of the skin. Air is related to
movement of thought and thus impacts human imagination and creativity.

3. Fire (Tejas)

The element of fire represents the form without substance and has the power to transfer the state of
any substance. In the body it is responsible for digestion and perception and connected to the eyes and
therefore sight.

4. Water(Jal)

Water represents the liquid state of matter and indicates change or instability. Water is responsible for
the fluid metabolism in the body and so blood, lymph and other fluids are considered as water
elements. Water connects to the tongue and the sense of taste.

5. Space(Akash)

The element of ether represents the space in which everything takes place. In the body it relates to all
hollow or empty places in the body, like channels and pores and the ears that perceive

Doshas & Prakriti
Ayurveda body types: Vatta, Pitahha & amp; Kapha
Prakriti is an inherent nature of an individual determined at the time of our birth, which cannot be
changed during our lifetime. It is the basic constitution of our body and mind formed by the unique
combination of three doshas(Vatta, Pitahha & Kapha)
All of us, have these 3 doshas in different propositions. One or two doshas can be dominant in us as our
prakriti. For an example one of my friend can have 4 course meal as breakfast and has a sleek body
form, though I cannot eat just more than a salad as my breakfast.
Every human has different characteristics and habits. Ayurveda defines it via three doshas.
VATA DOSHA
– Qualities: Light, dry, airy, quick, and cold
– Physical characteristics: Vata is composed of the Space and Air elements.
PITTA DOSHA
– Qualities: Hot, sour, pungent, sharp and acidic
– Physical characteristics: Made up of the elements of Fire and Water.
KAPHA DOSHA
– Qualities: Slow, steady, heavy, oily, and cold
– Physical characteristics: Kapha is mix of the stable energies of Water and Earth
All diseases and illness happen when we live against our inherent constitution. Also, we are most
vulnerable to imbalances related to our predominant dosha. Therefore, Ayurvedic philosophy is not a
one-size-fits-all solution to illness.
Ayurveda mixed with Yoga today is the best medical science dominating few parts of the world. Since
India is mother to yoga and Ayurveda, it is also largest exporter of Ayurveda medicines worldwide.
Ayurvedic massages are the best healer today, India provides best wellness retreats in the world
Ayurvedic massage
Ayurvedic massage is one of the key parts of Ayurvedic therapy. Just like how a machine needs to be
oiled regularly, the body would require the oil therapy for keeping its vital organs healthy.
One of the best positive trend of an ayurvedic massage is that, it can benefit our sleep patterns and can
normalize sleep. The oils used have been scientifically proven to be rejuvenating and are hugely
beneficial to your body, mind, and soul. These can be good for your overall wellbeing if channeled
correctly.

An ayurvedic massage focuses on the marmas and the chakras of your body. These are very similar to
the acupressure points, and if these pressure points are manipulated correctly, they can revitalize your
entire body. These massage involves the herbal oil to be poured on your body and is gradually massaged
by the ayurvedic expert or the doctor.
Please wait for our next blog article, types of Ayurvedic Massages with their benefits.
Benfits of Ayurvedic massages are endless, to give an idea- it helps to reduce stress, maintain body
blood pressure, knee pain, improving heart rates, pulse & respiratory rate, fight migraine, chronic back
pain, anxiety, depression, Improvement in Hemiplegia, detoxification, rejuvenation and more…
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Yoga of faith– Union with Self

Shraddha/Faith – the antidote for failure

The human connection with faith is Yoga with Faith!

Power of faith:

Today everything in this world is based on faith and belief. Every one of us might have different theories for all aspects of life, including religion. These theories again are based on faith.

Our ancient Yogi gurus say religion is not only based on experience from past, as no man can be religious until he has some perception himself.

As per Raj Yoga, the aim of all sciences is to find a unit out of which all this manifold is being manufactured. Yoga proposes to start from the internal world, to study the internal nature of human, and, through that, control both the internal and external world. It is a very old attempt. India has had its special stronghold, but it was also attempted by other nations. In India for various reasons, it fell into the hands of persons who destroyed 90 percent of the knowledge and of that portion which remained tried to make a great secret.

yoga

It is true India is still considered the best place to learn & practice yoga and meditation due to India’s rich spiritual, cultural yoga values, flora & fauna which is best suited for Yoga. Every year millions of yoga enthusiast, beginners, yogis, experts, trainers and people who want to practice or learn yoga from scratch travel to India from all parts of the earth. India has thousands of teacher training schools, academy, ashrams, ayurvedic study colleges & is world’s best destination for an affordable yoga retreat.

Yoga is still known as the practice of good for 5000 years, it helps to calm your mind, rejuvenate, detox, feel fit & young, healthy and stronger. Whether it is traffic, noise, busy life, work pressure, failure in relationship, worries of future, the stress of past, irresolvable issues, lack of focus, lack of flexibility in body, over/underweight, medical problems, depression, lack of confidence or faith there is just one solution YOGA

 

Practice yoga and meditation with faith –

Patanjali yoga sutra talks about doubt, doubt which arises in a yogi about the practice

An unshakeable faith in the result of Yoga and its methods for its successful practice. Such faith is needed in achieving success in any line of endeavor. In the divine adventure which we have undertaken the objective is unknown and there are no clearly defined standards by which we can judge and measure our progress.

Doubts of various kinds are therefore liable to arise in our mind.

  •    Is there really any reality to be realized or we are merely pursuing a mirage?
  •    Are the methods we are using really effective?
  •    Are those methods the right methods for us?
  •    Do we have the capacity to go through all the obstacles and reach the goal?

It is at these times that we need Sraddha(faith)— unshakeable faith in our objective, in our self and in the methods which we have adopted. It may not be possible to avoid these periods of depression and doubt especially in the early stages but it is our behavior and reaction to them which show whether we have true faith or not. If we can ignore them even though what we feel about them, we come out of the shade into the sunshine again and resume our journey with renewed enthusiasm. If we allow these doubts and moods to interfere with our Sadhana(practice) and relaxes our efforts, they acquire an increasing hold on our mind until we are completely side-tracked and abandon the path altogether. Hence faith is the base for practicing yoga or simply to connect to yourself.

Faith with meditation –

The power of attention of our mind, when properly guided, and directed towards the internal world, will analyze the mind, and illumine facts for us. The powers of the mind are like rays of light being dissipated; when they are concentrated they illumine everything.

Bringing of mind into a higher state of vibration starts with Samadhi, the super consciousness.

The state of Samadhi is achieved by regular practice of meditation, there is no rule or guidance or steps which we can follow to reach Samadhi while meditation, in fact, it is the faith, faith to our inner world, faith to our belief system, faith to lord we worship. It is a complete surrender to our self, to the God in us

The state of Samadhi comes through faith, energy, memory, concentration, and discrimination of the real.

To start practicing is to find a quiet place in our home or anywhere in our world.

One of the best ways is taught by Swami Vivekananda

Sit in a straight posture, and the first thing to do is start with a powerful mantra; mentally repeat:

“Let all beings be happy;         Let all beings be peaceful;  Let all beings be blissful. So do to the east, south, north, and west.

The more we do that the better we will feel our self. We will find at last that the easiest way to make ourselves healthy is to see that others are healthy, and the easiest way to make ourselves happy is to see that others are happy. After doing that, those who believe in God should pray — not for money, not for health, nor for heaven; pray for knowledge and light; every other prayer is selfish.

Then the next thing to do is to think of our own body, and see that it is strong and healthy; it is the best instrument you have. Freedom is never to be reached by the weak; throw away all weakness; tell our body that it is strong; tell our mind that it is strong, and have unbounded faith and hope in our self.

Yoga is faith in our self and our faith is yoga!

 

 

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1. Yoga was founded in India 5000 years back:

It is difficult to comment when exactly Yoga was born, many evidence found from Mohenjo Daro statues shows yoga postures and confirms people use to do Yoga since then. There are many such evidence in history by which it depicts that yoga was born in India, 5000 years back.

mohanjodaro

 

2. India has experienced yoga trainers: 

India is a country where people wake up in the morning and start yoga in some form and take care of it till the end of the night , As wake up in the morning, Surya NamaskarVajrasana at the time of bath, Kundalini yoga practice at the time of worship, Sukhasanat the time of the meal, Sleeping at night while shavasana. Between the first breadth in and the last breath out, there is life. Each life has a purpose and Journey. For all Journeys, we need Guru/Teachers/Trainers. No Doubt India has the best of the best yoga trainers since it is part of Indian lifestyle from the history.

Kuchipudi performer

3. Spiritual Values:

It is just not limited to yoga but trainers here have spiritual touch, you can learn spirituality from trainers which give a rock solid base to yoga learning. Yoga is a technique that connects us to ourselves as well as we can understand how powerful humans are? If we want to do something ordinary or extraordinary, it is very important to know about ourselves. We can polish our body, make it fit by some exercises but we forget mind controls the body. We should first invest in polishing mind, keeping mind fit & mind is controlled by breath and yoga postures.  Yoga is science and this science was first explained in Sanskrit with some spiritual values in India.

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4. Why choose India for yoga and tourism:

 Every yoga lover and traveler knows that India is the soul & motherland of yoga, there are a lot of spiritual places like HimalayaRishikeshLadakhVaranasiPune, NashikRajasthanKerala, etc which are best in the world to learn yoga according to geographical structure, presence, climate, being close to nature & there is flow of energy around these areas to attract yogis from around the world. “It’s in the air.

Why choose India for yoga and tourism

5.Respect for tourism and foreign travellers in India:

India is a country where the guestis considered as a god “Atithi Devo Bhava”, People here believe that “Survey Bhavantu Sukhinah, Survey Saints Niramaya, Survey Bhadrani Pasyantu, Ma Kastech Dukh Bhag Bhavet”  To wit, Everyone is happy, all diseases are free, there is no wrong in everywhere, there are only happiness and goodness in everyone’s life, no one should be sad. Love and goodwill are their main objectives, and they consider the whole world as their home, as well as people in the entire world, their families. The tour around India is inexpensive as compared to other parts of the world. Visa and tickets are also easily available.

atithi

6.Sightseeing: 

Apart from learning yoga, you can visit beautiful places beaches, rivers, and mountains: Making a tour with yoga in India is a unique experience, because of which both the mind and the soul become pure. A new energy is transmitted through which you feel young. Science believes that yoga is a condition in which all the poison of our body ends. Simultaneously you get rejuvenation, detox, free from mental stress, control mood swings, anger, anxiety learn to be in the happy state of mind. Science assumes that there are some amazing powers in the universe, whose knowledge is possible only by yoga. If we want to give a new world to our own new world, then we must first observe our body, soul, and mind.

tajmahal

 

7.Vegan friendly and vegetarian diets available:

Discipline is the first lesson of learning yoga, Atha-yoga-anushasanam. Indian Hindu Yoga Guru’s have strict vegetarian diets and they advise all yogi’s to drink a lot of water, have vegetating diets across yoga retreats & Yoga teacher training. India bread(chapati), green vegetables, Ayurvedic churanas form one of the best diet plans for yogis worldwide.

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8.Spiritual lessons, Mantras, Bhagwat Gita Saar are part of training:

In India, Yoga Teachers have own way of starting and ending each lesson. Some of them include Yagyas (worship along holly fire), lessons of a holy book of Hindus, Bhagavad Gita that elaborates on yogic and Vedantic philosophies, with examples & analogies, Mantras chanting(creates high flow energy), breath control practices and lot more.

Geeta

9.Variety of courses available:

India is hub for yoga teacher training schools and ashrams. You can choose different courses 100/200/300/400/500 hours, basic to advance and different yoga forms like raj, ashtanga, kundalini and lot more. Most of them are registered and provide RYS certification courses.

Variety of courses available

10. Meditation and Ayurveda:

Just not yoga but India is also birthplace to Meditation and Ayurveda. India is known for yoga retreats, holidays, stress management tips, weight management tours, luxury yoga retreats, Ayurveda spa, detox holidays, rejuvenation holiday packages from years.  Here the great sages and ascetics used to utilize this and they left their indelible impression in history. Sage Charak has described a variety of surgeries and medicine in his book Charak Samhita.

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Maharshi Charak:

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21 types of yoga poses with pictures

1.Ardha chandrasana:       

Ardha chandrasana

Ardhachandrasana is done by cradling, your body like a semi-moon .
This posture is extremely beneficial for the whole body.

2. Bhujangasana:

Bhujangasana

Laying the posture on the stomach and lifting your body up to the navel.  it is done by doing head up, This posture improves Digestion system.

3.Baalasana :

Baalasana

This is done by turning the knee to the ground. It enhance blood circulation and body balance, it also makes the brain intense.

4.Natarajasana:

Natarajasana

This yoga Asana is performed on one foot, turning the other leg from the back to the shoulder and holding the feet with your hands. Doing this strengthens the shoulder and enhance the function of the lungs, it also strengthens the legs.

5.Gomukh asana:

gomukh asana

Gomukh asana is done by holding knees above each other, lifting one hand forward from the front and holding the other hand from the back to the other. This asana help to build Body shape,strong shoulders. This posture is particularly beneficial for women.

6.Halasana

halasana

This posture is done directly by Lie down, lifting your feet up and touching the ground back.This Asaan is very beneficial in spinal cord and prevention from diseases like asthma, thyroid, phlegm, stomach disease.

7.Setu bandha asana:

setu bandha asana

Setubandhaasana posture is done by laying down on your feet and shoulders. This posture strengthens the shoulders, stomach, brain, thigh muscles.

8.Raking chir:

Rocking chair asana

 

Follow the curve position with hands up and joined together. It maintains blood circulation of the body. it is give you strong brain and the spinal cord.

9.Sukhasana:

Sukhasana

This posture is done by sitting straight. This posture improves your mind concentration as well as the brain becomes sharp.  This posture also makes the mind calm.

10.Namaskarasana:

Namaskarasana

Namaskarasana posture should stand upright, hands are raised by adding up in the position of greeting. It is the best for get concentration and effective Yogasana.

11.Tadasana:

Tadasana
Tadasana posture is made upright by lifting the hands upward. doing it strengthens the body, blood circulation is regulated and the body remains stronger.

12. Trikhanda mudra:

trikhanda mudra

This posture is done by lifting one hand up and touching the toe with the other hand. 
It removes body tension and regulates blood circulation.

13. Konasana:

konasana

Konasana posture is done by sitting on feet and hands are made to ashes between legs. It is best for concentration and blood circulation.

14.Ustasana:

ustasana

Ustasana posture is done by lifting the head like a camel. Doing this strengthens the chest,it makes waist stronger, it givesstrength to Spinal cord and thigh muscles get strengthen too

 

15. Vajrasana:

vajrasana

This posture is done by sitting on the feet.This helps body symmetry, concentration and blood circulation is regulated.

 

16.Vrikshasana:

vrikshasana

Vrikshasana posture is done on one foot and it is done by joining hands like to the salutation. It strengthens legs, as well as the blood circulation is controlled.

17. Adhomukhiasana:

Adhomukhi Asana

Adhomukhiasana is done by lifting the body on the strength of your feet and hands. It give strength to feet ,arms and shoulder muscles. Also the spinal becomes flexible.

18.Shawasana:

Shawasana

Shawasana is done by laying on the back and leaving your body loose, this regulates blood pressure in the bodyand one gets relief from mental and physical stress.

19.Utkatasana:

utkatasana

Utkatasana is done by sitting in half position. it gives strength to the feet, waist and thigh muscles.

 

20.Virabhadrasana:

Virabhadrasana

By standing in this position and keeping legs in walking position, hands are raised& joined in a humble position. It is best for blood circulation, concentration, digestion.

21. Chaturanga asana:

chaturanga asana

Chaturanga asana is done by laying on your hands and legs. it good for arms stomach, chest,and blood circulation. 

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