Ayurveda & Yoga
As per popular belief, Ayurveda, a branch of alternative medicine, was invented in the ancient times in Indian subcontinent. Nobody correctly knows when Ayurveda was actually discovered. There is a concept that has been passing down verbally from generation to generation in India about the origin of Ayurveda.
It is believed that the ancient "Rishis" or the wise men of India used to gather at the foothills of the mighty Himalayas. Their objective was to innovate the secret of leading a long and healthy life.
Since its birth, Himalaya has been the land of innumerous mysterious plants and herbs. The "Rishis", with their power of meditation came to know about these plants and their medicinal properties. And finally, in their quest for finding a solution for healthy living, Ayurveda was born, which roughly translates as the "wisdom for living" or "knowledge of a long life".
Today, Ayurvedic treatment of ailments is most popular amongst millions of people in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and many countries in the west and is widely known as the oldest continuously practiced system of medicine on the planet. more...
Yoga refers to the traditional physical and mental disciplines which have originated from India in ancient times.
Outside India, Yoga is mostly associated with the practice of certain meditational postures, commonly called "Asanas". A person who practices Yoga is called a Yogi (male) or Yogini (female).
It has various branches like Raja Yoga, Karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, and Hatha Yoga. The meaning of the word "Yoga" in Sanskrit means "to control", "to yoke", or "to unite".
The Yogic goal has been described in sacred Hindu literature as the way to improve health for reaching "Moksha", which means liberation from the worldly sufferings and the never ending cycle of birth and death and to reach a point when one realizes the Supreme Brahman or the Universe. In other words, to feel ONE with the Universe.
The "Asanas" are seen as a preparation for the deeper practices of meditation because they make the body supple and the mind alert. This style of yoga has major appeal to students, who want to relax and change the pace of their lifestyle. However, the most important aspect of "Yogic Asanas" is how they are practiced. It is very important to practice Yoga under the able guidance of a teacher, to avoid adverse effects.
Today, India offers a number of Health and Rejuvenation Tours, especially Ayurvedic tour packages for Kerala and other similar destinations in India.
The best time to come is monsoon, since the atmosphere remains cool and free from dust, and it helps in opening up the pores of the human body to the maximum and making it most receptive to herbal oils and therapy. However, for Yoga tours there is no specific timeframe mentioned in the traditional texts. more...