Ayurveda

Ayurveda ist ein ganzheitliches System und gehört in den Bereich der traditionellen Alternativmedizin.
Krankheiten liegen meist an einer fehlerhaften Energieverteilung der drei Körpersäfte (Doshas). Die Symptome zeigen, bei welchem Dosha das Ungleichgewicht besteht. Dem entsprechend wählt der Arzt die passende Therapieform und der Masseur die Zutaten und die Massageintensität aus.
Die Diagnose wird am Patienten als Ganzem durchgeführt. Dazu gehören z. B. eine Pulsuntersuchungen und eine Prüfung von Zunge und Augen, unabhängig davon, in welchem Körperbereich die Beschwerden vorliegen. Dies dient nicht nur der Diagnosefindung, sondern auch dazu, die individuelle Konstitution, also das Verhältnis der Doshas im Patienten zueinander zu ermitteln. Mit Hilfe dieser Information wird die für diesen Patienten angezeigte Therapie bestimmt.
Um diese rechte Balance wiederherzustellen und Giftstoffe auszuleiten, werden Ernährungstherapie, Pflanzenheilkunde und bestimmte Reinigungsverfahren (Panchakarma) eingesetzt.
Mir wurde z.B. gesagt mein Pitta und somit mein Feuer wären zurzeit erhöht und dieses Feuer wolle man zunächst mit Wärmebehandlungen reduzieren, was auf den ersten Blick recht paradox wirkt. Die entstehende Hitze der Behandlung regt Kreislauf, Durchblutung und Entgiftung an.
Mittel der Wahl ist die Pinda Sveda, eine ayurvedische Massageanwendung mit Kräuterstempeln, der eine Einreibung des ganzen Körpers mit Öl (Abhyanga) vorausgeht. Erst wird man mit den heißen Stempeln abgeklopft und dann wird der Körper kräftig abgerieben. Die Inhaltsstoffe der Kräuter sollen so besser aufgenommen werden können, als bei oraler Einnahme. Am Ende wird man bis man kurz vor dem Kreislaufkollaps steht mit heißem Wasser übergossen. Die ganze Prozedur ist kraftvoll, schweißtreibend und wird mit 4 Händen durchgeführt.
Im Ayurveda werden die Kräuterstempel als Bolis bezeichnet. Für eine Pinda Sveda kommen Füllungen mit Reis, Getreide, Kräutern, Milch und Öl zum Einsatz. Die Prozedur der Zubereitung ist bei allen Varianten sehr ähnlich: zuerst werden die Kräuter gekocht, der Reis oder das Getreide wird anschließend beigefügt.
Die Pinda Sveda soll u.a bei Stress, Schlaflosigkeit und neurologischen Beschwerden helfen. (Neuhäusser, Ayurvedische Massagen – Handbuch der Öl- und Massageanwendungen des Ayurveda, 146f.)
Bevor eine Behandlung beginnt, wird zur mythischen Figur Dhanvantari gebetet, der Arzt der Götter und Ursprung aller Heilkunst. Was kann da noch schiefgehen.

Da mein Aufenthalt die empfohlenen drei Wochen unterschreitet, dauert meine Hauptbehandlung nur zwei Tage. Der Takra Dhara, wörtlich übersetzt „Buttermilch gießen“, ist der kühlende Stirnguss, um mein Pitta – das Feuer – zu reduzieren. Nach einer Kopf- und Schultermassage mit warmen Sesamöl wird mir eine Kordel oberhalb der Augen um den Kopf gebunden. Als ich mich auf die Liege gelegt habe, werden meine Augen mit feuchten Pads und meine Ohren mit Watte verschlossen. Sanft zugedeckt mit einem geblümten Laken kann der Guss beginnen. Die Therapeutinnen schweigen und man vernimmt nur schwache Straßengeräusche und das Muhen der unzufriedenen Kuh im Kräutergarten. Die übrigen Sinne verbleiben geschärft und ich bemühe mich mit meiner Aufmerksamkeit bei meiner Stirn zu bleiben, die in rhythmischen Bewegung von der Buttermilch gestreift wird.
Ich fühle mich als floate ich im See einer dunklen Tropfsteinhöhle und das Wasser rinnt von imaginären Stalaktiten auf mich herab. Es stellt sich ein komisches Gefühl von Schwerelosigkeit ein. Mitpatientinnen berichten von ihrem warmen Ölgüssen auf die Stirn, dass sie sich wie zurückversetzt in den Mutterleib fühlten. Kein Wunder, dass diese Behandlung u. a. gegen Depressionen und Stress eingesetzt wird.
Da meine Behandlung nun eine Mischung aus einer wärmenden und kühlenden Anwendung ist, fühle ich mich deutlich belebter, als nach den ausschließlich wärmenden Behandlungen.
Es wird gesagt, dass die Stirngüsse das dort verortete Chakra öffnen und durch die daraus resultierende Sensitivität sind besondere Vorsichtsmaßnahmen geboten. Mann verlässt das Gebäude nicht, die Ventilatoren bleiben aus und Ruhe ist geboten. Z. B. sollen auf 10 Minuten lesen eine Ruhepause von 2 Stunden folgen. Das ist für mich utopisch, aber ich gebe mir Mühe. Selbst Yoga ist nicht angeraten. Ausschließlich Kontemplation, Meditation, Mantren – der Geist soll von jeglicher Negativität fern gehalten werden.

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Auf die Hauptbehandlung folgt Njavara kizhi, die mich bis zum Ende der Kur begleiten wird. Es handelt sich um eine Stempelmassage mit Reiskissen, die in Kräutermilch anstatt in Öl getunkt wird. Diese Behandlung stärkt die Nerven, hilft bei Vattastörungen, ist gut für die Haut und zum Wiederaufbau von Stärke. Die Behandlung wird von einer milden Ölmassage eingerahmt und soll den von der Hauptbehandlung sensitiv gewordenen Körper wieder zurückführen.

Die Haut wird nicht mehr abgeklopft, sondern nur noch mit diesen weichen Milchreiskissen abgerieben. der Körper ist über und über mit dem herausquellenden Stärkeschleim bedeckt, der einem auch als Maske ins Gesicht gestrichen wird. Man fühlt sich als wäre man Teil einer Desertschlacht und bekommt arg Lust auf Milchreis mit heißen Kirschen.

 

Wie versprchen hier der Link zu der Ayurvedaklinik, in der mir der Aufenthalt wirklich gut gefallen hat. Schreibt mich gerne an, wenn ihr Fragen habt.

http://samwarthika.com/

 

Wie im heutigen Travel Blog Eintrag versprochen der Dosha- und Triguna-Test und Empfehlungen für eine ausgleichende Tagesroutine für die verschiedenen Doshas.

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Daily routine
Kapha
According to ayurveda, the kapha dosha needs a routine that requires several hours of commitments like regular exercise, sleeping and waking up in regular time, eating meals properly and taking care of oneself daily.
For the kapha people, it is very important to set an ayurvedic routine and incorporate in day to day activities in order to feel lively. Establishing a kapha daily routine requires determined effort and strong sense of commitment.
Morning routine for Kapha
One thing that stands out in this kapha dosha routine is that it is focused mostly on the early morning hours. One needs to wake up with sun rise and have breakfast before 10 am. Waking up in the early hours bring in cosmic peace and tranquility, love and empathy in life. Early morning hours are considered to be the best time for working on oneself – giving most attention to self-care and self-love. Ayurveda says changing one’s morning ritual can change one’s life.
According to the recommendations of the ayurveda practices, one needs to set their kapha daily routine by waking up between 3 am to 6 am, usually known as the “ambrosial hours” of the morning. This time of the day is considered to be the most peaceful and conducive for creating a soulful connection with oneself. Even though one is a kapha, it is important to keep in mind that it is not a necessary time frame for the sick, elderly, pregnant women and children to get up. Also make sure to empty the bladder and bowels during this period. Morning elimination is seen as an important part of the kapha pacifying daily routine. Do follow the simple hygiene-related practices like regular tongue scraping to remove bacteria and other toxins that accumulate overnight. Tongue cleaning and regular brushing also help in stimulating and cleansing the digestive tract. Also, drinking a glass of warm water cleanses and hydrates the skin tissues, along with activating bowel movements. The kapha dosha has tendency towards constipation and hence it can be relieved by daily dose of warm water.
In a bid to calm the senses one must spend at least 15-20 minutes on meditation or prayer. For kapha, one can also do pranayama or breathing exercises that help clear out the lungs and respiratory system. Meditation and slight movements in the morning helps tremendously in kapha pacifying daily routine. For those who are into exercising should do walks and jogging in the morning time.
Ayurveda recommends different types of intensities of exercise for different constitutions and energies. For kapha dosha, one needs to try a little harder in order to activate the body energy appropriately. There are different oil massages that one can do in order to calm the system and grease and revivify the tissues. The kapha daily routine with the oil massage can also help regulate blood circulation across the body making us feel lively and energetic. One can do foot massage, head massage as well as body and arms massage regularly to feel more active and bouncy. Organic sunflower oil, kapha massage oil and olive oil are great lubricators.
For kapha, it is also important to clear and cleanse the nasal passage, which can be done with the help of pranayam.
After exercising and yoga, the kapha pacifying daily routine includes bathing which is a very important task to be performed daily. It not only cleans and purifies the body, but also bring in positive energy and alertness and uphold endurance. After bathing, do indulge in a healthy breakfast in order to fulfill the kapha imbalance. Also know about the various importance of yoga.
Day routine
Even though most of the tasks for kapha daily routine are performed in the early hours of the day, there are few things that can be done during the noon time to enhance the daily benefits. One must consistently establish a convenient time for having meals as it helps in aiding proper digestion and spreads the nourishment to the body evenly. According to ayurveda, the lunch should be the main meal of the day. After lunch, one must go for a small walk and thereafter rest for a while. Read more on how to improve digestion.
Evening routine
For the kapha, the evening habits are very important to make or break the daily routine. Like at the start of the day, the evening ritual should also be centered on taking care of oneself. A kapha pacifying daily routine not only bolsters a sense of self-worth but also improves the overall well-being in terms of physical and mental health. Do not complicate the daily routine but just focus on the hygiene and detoxification. Before going to bed, it is important to brush and floss the teeth and wash and moisturize the teeth properly. Also sleep at a designated bed time so that adequate rest is also given.
Vata
Keep Calm and Centered:
With Vata as your predominant dosha, you love to be spontaneous and creative. You can easily get so absorbed in a creative project that you forget to eat and stay up half the night. Of all the doshas, Vata types tend to have the most inconsistent daily routine. You might wake up at 6 a.m. one morning, and then sleep in past 10 a.m. the next day. You may live in a whirl of activity, eat on the run, and find your thoughts racing through your mind.
While our society encourages rushing and multitasking, Vatas are particularly vulnerable to becoming imbalanced and ill when they don’t have a daily routine that includes regular periods of both rest and activity. When you accumulate too much of the Vata elements of space and wind, this imbalance can manifest as illness, including anxiety, insomnia, arthritis, headaches, fibromyalgia, and digestive disorders. However, by creating a nurturing daily routine, you can restore and maintain balance and radiant health.
Ayurveda prescribes a complete daily routine that balances all of the doshas. However, in modern society many people would struggle to find the time to complete all of the steps of the traditional routine. For this reason, we’re offering you a simpler, more doable daily routine tailored to the specific needs of the Vata dosha.
Morning Vata routine
Wake up at the same time every day. This will help you develop a good routine and ensure you get abundant, restful sleep. This is vital for Vatas, who tend to push themselves to the point of physical or mental exhaustion.
When you get up, drink a glass of warm water. This signals your physiology to eliminate toxins.
Meditate for 10 minutes, or longer if you can, letting the inner quiet set the tone for your day. Set an intention, something simple such as, “Today I feel centered and joyful in everything I do.”
Massage your body with a nourishing, warming oil such as sesame or almond. You may also want to gently rub a drop of sesame oil inside your nasal passages, which have a tendency to become dry in Vata types.
Bathe.
Wear clothing made with soft fabrics in earth tones and mild pastel shades, which calm Vata types.
Practice a Vata-balancing yoga sequence (this takes less than 10 minutes).
Eat a healthy breakfast with awareness.
Perform your morning work and activity. Focus on one thing at a time. The brain can’t actually multitask, so trying to type an email while answering a call and planning a trip will only create Vata imbalances in your mind-body system.
Throughout the day, drink lots of warm liquids such as hot water and herbal teas to prevent dehydration. You can prepare a fresh ginger tea by placing a teaspoon of fresh grated ginger into a pint thermos bottle and filling it with hot water.
Mid-Day Vata routine
Eat lunch between noon and 1 p.m. in a calm, peaceful environment. In Ayurveda, lunch is the largest meal of the day because your digestive fire is strongest at this time. Eat foods that are warming, fresh, and well cooked; avoid dry or uncooked foods, especially salads and raw fruits and vegetables.
Sit quietly for five minutes after eating.
Walk for 5 to 15 minutes to aid digestion.
Perform your afternoon work and activity.
If you like, take a short nap sometime between 2 and 4 p.m.
Remember to stay warm. Vata is a cold, dry dosha, so it’s important to make sure your home and work place are well heated and that the air has enough humidity. Since Vata is extremely sensitive to moving air, it’s wise to avoid drafts or sitting near fans or ventilators.
Meditate around sunset.
Evening Vata routine
Give yourself time to wind down before dinner. You may want to get some light exercise or spend a little time outside in nature.
Eat a light dinner by 7 p.m. Enjoy some time with friends or family in a relaxed, loving setting.
Sit quietly for five minutes after eating.
Walk for 5 to 15 minutes to aid digestion.
 Bedtime
Avoid overly exciting, dynamic, or intensely concentrated work in the evening. Begin winding down for sleep at least 30 minutes before you intend to go to bed. Enjoy some inspirational or light reading.
Enjoy a relaxing, warm bath before bed; add a few drops of aromatic oil such as vanilla, lavender, sandalwood, or rose to the water.
Aim to be in bed with the lights off by 10:30 p.m.
Commit to following an ideal daily routine for one week. Without being overly compulsive, try following a program that aligns your daily rhythms with those of nature.
Pitta
Those who have pitta as a dominant dosha are expected to be passionate, happy and alert by nature. But if there is too much of pitta dosha in the body, one tends to be bad-tempered, intolerant and even rigid. Also, there are a variety of health issues that crop up like heart problems, skin concerns, high blood pressure, and even indigestion which causes even more health troubles. Thus, it is important to create a pitta pacifying daily routine that can turn down internal heat and return the inherent state of beaming and bustling health.
According to ayurveda, a pitta daily routine can help people with governing pitta dosha. A daily schedule works like insurance for sustainable future comfort and happiness. It is very easy to formulate a daily agenda taking in mind a few things that include adopting easy changes and sticking to the important chores like eating healthy and regular exercising.
One needs to follow a supportive, daily ritual for pitta that can be helpful and increases the level of fire and intensity in the system. The day should be planned in a consistent manner in which few good habits can be repeated each day at similar times. This helps the body to relax and rejuvenate and be ready for next day.
Morning Pitta Routine
For pitta dosha, it is very important to wake up before sun rise. It not only helps develop a good routine and but also helps those who have sleep disorders. After getting up, the first thing to be done should be to consume a full glass of warm water that helps in eliminating toxins and unnecessary waste from the body. Also make sure to meditate for at least 10 minutes or do light yoga asanas or exercise to set the tone for the day. It brings in lot of energy and liveliness to the day ahead. Read more on importance of yoga. The most important morning ritual is the elimination or excretion of waste, which is a must to be healthy. To smoothen the elimination process naturally, one can take help of ayurvedic herbs like Triphala that is a laxative and purifies the entire colon and intestine areas. Elimination also keeps the rest of the body working in a fine condition. To help keep pitta dosha balanced, it is very important to keep the process of elimination working fine.
Before taking bath, soak up the sun for at least 10-15 minutes in a bid to retain as much as natural vitamin D as possible. Thereafter, take a cool shower using natural oils fragrance like lavender, sunflower etc. They bring in a lot of positivity to help face the daily challenges. Then make sure to eat a good, healthy breakfast which consists of seasonal fruits, nuts and milk. Always make sure to complete the daily morning to noon chores without overexerting yourself or getting stressed in order to avoid aggravating pitta. The pitta pacifying Ayurveda daily routine will work fine if you focus more on deep breathing whenever there is a lot of mental pressure or irritation. Always make sure to follow the pitta dosha routine taking one step at a time. Do not feel overwhelmed and take things easy in order to balance the pitta.
Mid-day Pitta Routine
The mid-day is an important part of the pitta pacifying daily routine as the digestive fire is strongest then and food’s nutrients are distributed in a better manner. One should make lunch the biggest meal of the day, comprising of seasonal vegetables, fruits, legumes, salads, lentils and rice. Always eat slowly as it helps in proper digestion. Learn how to improve digestion. Do not indulge in talking, watching television, reading or driving while eating. While having lunch, the focus should be entirely on eating so that the body is able to absorb the nutrition properly. After lunch make sure to first sit erect for five minutes and thereafter, take a short walk of 10-15 minutes to help the food to settle down fast. After that only drink a glass of water as it will calm and soothe the body. For those living in vegetation, should walk bare feet in grass or go for a stroll in the forest. The elemental colors of nature – blue, green, brown are said to be pitta pacifying. After finishing off the day’s work, meditate again for 5-10 minutes as it helps to get the mind off stress and anxiety.
Ayurveda says that one should not do strenuous weight training or exercising late afternoon or evening as it will spark the pitta dosha spirit too close to sleep time.
Evening Pitta Routine
The evening pitta daily routine after a hard day’s work should be light and easy. One should eat very light dinner that consists of soups and salads and sit quietly for at least five minutes for food to settle in the body. Thereafter, again take a slow, leisurely walk for five to 15 minutes to help aid digestion and be relaxed and calm. Like mentioned earlier, always avoid heavy exercising after the sunset and instead indulge in reading inspirational books. You can also enjoy a relaxing or warm bath before going to bed by adding few drops of aromatic oils like rose, lavender etc. For the pitta dosha individuals, it is always better to sleep early before 10 pm.
For those individuals with aggravated pitta, they must always indulge in abhyanga or self-oil massage. It not only helps in keeping the mind and nerves calm and peaceful, but also relieves the body of dryness. A soft and supple skin is always happy. According to ayurveda, skin is said to be the primary seat of pitta dosha and hence it is very important to keep it healthy and glowing. As part of the pitta daily routine, one must always cleanse, moisturize and scrub the skin regularly and also use skin massage oils to keep the blood circulation also proper. Abhayanga helps in releasing healing qualities like increased blood circulation, detoxification of skin cells and stimulation of nerves. One can indulge in this pitta pacifying daily routine in the morning hours in order to keep the body fit and glowing. Read more on how to reduce pitta immediately.
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