Integrating Yoga and Ayurveda for Optimum Healthcare
Dr. Indira Anand, B.A. Hons Econ, B.T., M.A.Econ, PhD, B.A.Hons Ayurvedic Medicine, UK
Yoga should be treated as a therapeutic tool of Ayurveda for both disease treatment and for lifestyle management. Yoga postures and pranayama treat a variety of ailments, particularly structural problems or low energy conditions and are among the best tools for keeping our doshas in balance. Pranayama is most effective in treating diseases of the respiratory, circulatory and nervous systems, whose function depend upon the right flow of prana. It is excellent for all conditions of debility, low energy, chronic fatigue, weak immunity and convalescence. Yoga is also excellent for psychological and mental disorders because of its specific action on the mind through deep relaxation and meditation. Yoga methods cover the entire field of our existence – from the physical, sensory, emotional, mental and spiritual. Patient care could be optimised by combining the two therapeutic regimes, with no additional expense and less reliance on medicines. It is particularly relevant for overseas Ayurvedic practitioners. Yoga as a therapy was traditionally prescribed in an ayurvedic context. It is a great pity that very few present day Ayurvedic practitioners prescribe Yogic practices.