As Yogic healing becomes emphasized we must naturally turn our attention to Ayurveda as well. Ayurveda is primarily a science of Self-healing aimed at relieving diseases of the body and mind. This does not mean that Ayurveda is merely a method of personal healing which doesn’t require help from therapists or doctors. In fact, Ayurveda says that medical practitioners are indispensable in dealing with the complexities of disease and the variability of health requirements. Ayurveda as Self-healing means that it is concerned with restoring wholeness, with our inner Self as its ultimate goal, which is spiritual healing. Ayurveda’s concern is alleviating both bodily and mental diseases and promoting both physical and psychological well-being. Yet the ultimate goal of classical Ayurveda, like classical Yoga, is Self-realization – the highest form of Self-healing. Ayurveda shows us how to attain optimal health not for outer enjoyment but to provide a wholesome foundation and sufficient energy to pursue the yogic quest. The link between yoga and ayurveda is prana, or the life-force. Yoga is the intelligence of prana seeking greater evolutionary transformations, while Ayurveda is its healing power. Together Ayurveda and yoga afford a complete discipline, one, which can transform our existence from the physical to the deepest spiritual levels of our being with extraordinary vitality and creativity on all levels.
[ Edit: Edited on Mar 24, 2008, at 11:36 PM by Holden24 ]