According to Ayurveda, hunger is important for our body to feel, as it shows that our digestion (also known as Agni in Ayurveda) is switched on and ready to digest. What if our Agni/fire cannot digest properly? Toxins will slow down and block your system. Try drinking hot water to stimulate Agni. Or Agni can be increased by eating pungent, sour and salty flavours—it is beneficial to start a meal with these flavours.
As with so many other basic principles of health, Ayurveda has been pointing to the benefits of using copper vessels for a long time. Copper has natural anti-pathogenic properties—copper is particularly effective at reducing and eliminating bacteria, viruses and fungi just by simple contact. It was also observed that people using copper vessels to drink water were more likely to have healthy skin and hair or recover from an injury faster and more completely than expected. This is a result of the critical role that copper plays in the formation of keratin and collagen, two of the key ingredients that make hair thick, skin strong, and build connective tissues that hold our bodies together.
Ayurveda has always been the backbone of health assessment and maintenance for those who wish to practice Asanas, Pranayama, and meditation. It is an art of internal touch. In Ayurveda, it is said that the natural intelligence of the tissues, winds, and the body's fluids are only re-established during rest. Restorative yoga provides the ideal physical space for many such unconscious realignments to occur.
Mantras, or hymns, became interwoven with all actions related to healing. Mantras, as sacred sounds, are known to affect our vibratory being and consciousness as the word mantra itself means both protection and instrument. In the Ashtanga Samgraha, chants are noted as playing a vital role in the overall healing process. At Oneworld Ayurveda, our therapists always chant before conducting Ayurvedic treatments.
Udvartanam literally means to elevate or promote. The name might be attributed to the upward stroke practised during this particular therapy, or due to its ability to improve the body's condition. In Udvartana the whole body, excluding face and neck, is massaged with powders (or paste) of herbs in an upward direction. The treatment detoxifies and nourishes the body tissues, activates the skin's natural metabolism and helps to reduce cellulite.
Offerings in Bali are called ‘Banten’. Banten consists of several meals, fruits and other food, which are then placed on one or more dishes. The Banten offerings are made according to fixed patterns and motifs. The primary motif being that of a mountain, which is also why most Banten are made in the shape of a tall cone. Banten offerings are not only dedicated to the gods alone, for the Balinese also prepare offerings for the demons (Bhūtas) to whom they also give meat and alcoholic beverages to keep them happy. Photo by David Metcalf
Kati Basti—the word 'Kati' refers to the lower back and 'Basti' means retaining something inside, in this case mainly medicated oil. The procedure of applying heat to the sacral or lumbar region by retaining warm medicated oil within a specially formed frame in the area is known as ‘Kati Basti’. This is a form of giving oleation (like oil pulling for the body) and fomentation to a localised area. Kati Basti helps to pacify one of the primary sites of Vata,—relieving pain, soreness, and tension and restoring flexibility. It also increases the circulation in the region, as the herbal oil gets deeply absorbed into the skin, and both nourishes and strengthens the bones, muscles and nerves.
People find different ways to beat the blues. Some listen to music, others seek solace in natural beauty, and still, others comfort themselves with food. And then there are those who simply take a bath. It cleanses their body and lifts their spirits every time. Ayurveda, too, sees bathing as a therapeutic activity. Bathing has always been recognised as an intimate, sacred activity in Indian life. Not just India, but several other world cultures have treated the bath as a healing activity.
Cucumber contains vitamin C and caffeic acid, which aids inflamed or irritated skin, and fights dehydration thanks to its high water content. The peel itself contains silica, which firms up sagging skin. It also good for skin toner. In our Ayurvedic treatment centre, we have our natural Ayurvedic facial in which we use cucumber as one of the ingredients.