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AYURVEDIC MEDICINES FOR AMAVATA

AYURVEDIC MEDICINES FOR AMAVATA

1.DASAMOOLARASNADI KASHAYA
2.AMAVATARI KASHAYA
3.AMRTADI CURNA
4.SIMHANADA GUGGULU
5.VATARI GUGGULU
6.YOGARAJA GUGGULU
7.CANDAMARUTA CENTURA
8.AMAVATARI RASA
9.SHADDHARANA CURNA & GULIKA
10.DASAMULA HARITAKI LEHYA
11.GOMUTRA HARITAKI LEHYA
12.BHASKARA CURNA
13.GANDARVAHASTHA ERENDA
14.SINDHUVAREIRANDAM

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Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga

Hatha literally means “violence” or “force” in Sanskrit. Hatha yoga is frequently referred to as the “forceful yoga.” It generally refers to the practice of the physical postures, or asanas, of yoga. To many people, yoga is synonymous with the practice of these physical postures. A variety of approaches to executing these postures has developed over time; consequently, various approaches to hatha yoga have developed. The following chapters will help you better understand the most important approaches to hatha yoga.

Hatha yoga means literally the “forceful yoga.” As its name implies, this approach to yoga emphasizes the vitality and life force of the physical body. Hatha yoga is undoubtedly the most well known, popular, and frequently practiced style of yoga in the West. It places great emphasis on purifying the body through a variety of means that include physical exercise, cleansing rites, and specific breathing techniques. These practices not only strengthen the body through the force of exercise, they can also help you to expand your own personal force, or store of energy, through their vitalizing effects. One of the most influential and widely read texts on hatha yoga is the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, written in the 14th century C.E. In this seminal manual, the author describes 16 physical postures as well as a variety of cleansing and breathing practices and what are known as locks and seals to control the flow of energy within the body.1 In its emphasis on physical postures, or asanas, hatha yoga is often considered one of the steps on the eight-limbed path of yoga, which forms an important part of classical, or raja, yoga. However, it is important to bear in mind that emphasis is placed on making the body as whole and complete as possible in order to achieve the ultimate goal of liberation. Practitioners of hatha yoga believe that in order to achieve the fullest unfoldment of our minds and spirits, we must do our utmost to have a body that is at ease and free of disease. Hatha yoga is thus a way of balancing or harmonizing body and mind. This intent is highlighted in the esoteric interpretation sometimes accorded to the word hatha. According to some practitioners, the word hatha is comprised of two syllables that stand for the sun (ha) and the moon (tha), implying a deep union of the body and the mind and of the mmasculine and feminine energies within each individual—man and woman alike. Thus, the word hatha reminds us that at heart, yoga is a search for underlying unity and wholeness. Hatha yoga practitioners see the body as a wonderful vehicle for self-realization. For without a body, we would not be alive today, and thus incapable of seeking the path of transformation. Hatha yoga urges a man to respect his body as a temple of the divine spirit of the universe. The practice of hatha yoga is thus an opportunity of honoring your own inner divinity. Hatha yoga has become so popular, particularly in the last few decades, that there are now many styles for practicing it. Surprisingly, however, most of the styles of hatha yoga that are practiced today trace their roots to a handful of yoga teachers, who traveled from India to the West in the 1960s and 1970s to train practitioners here in their particular approach to yoga; or to a small number of Westerners who traveled to India during the same time period to train as teachers with a few celebrated masters. The teachers of the 60s and 70s differed in their approach to presenting yoga from the gurus who had preceded them. The earliest teachers of yoga who traveled to the West in the late 19th and early 20th centuries emphasized the traditional sacred texts and metaphysical aspects of yoga. The newer generation of teachers, while revering all aspects of the yoga tradition, also incorporated much more of the physical exercise aspect of yoga into their teaching. Their approaches to yoga appealed to Western practitioners, and, consequently, much of the yoga that has developed in the United States has focused on the physical postures of hatha yoga. The following chapters will introduce you to the main approaches to hatha yoga that have helped to define hatha practice in the West. Because there are now so many styles of yoga available, the choice of a practice can seem overwhelming. These chapters will introduce you to the main styles of hatha yoga so that you can be better informed as you undertake your own practice of yoga.

Each of the main styles of hatha yoga is generally named after the individual who first introduced or was influential in the teachings of that style, such as Iyengar Yoga and Sivananda Yoga; the institute that was founded based on their teachings, such as yoga taught at the Himalayan Institute and Integral Yoga; or for a prominent element or focal point of the approach, such as Ashtanga Yoga and kundalini yoga. Nearly all the various styles of hatha yoga have as their base a common repertoire of physical postures and practices, which have evolved over the centuries. The emphasis on how to perform these practices can differ widely from one style of yoga to another, however. Understanding the differences among these styles can help you choose the style of hatha yoga that is right for you. The following chapters describe the major styles of hatha yoga that you are likely to encounter in your exploration of yoga today. As you read these chapters, please bear in mind that the approaches to yoga presented are grouped together under hatha yoga for convenience. In addition to instruction in the physical postures of yoga, most of these approaches can also help you incorporate a full range of yogic practices into your life.

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The Eight Limbs of Yoga

Raja yoga is frequently described as the scientific path to yoga. This is because it lays
out in a very clear, simple, and systematic way a series of steps that a practitioner of yoga
can follow to achieve enlightenment. These steps, which are detailed in Patanjali’s Yoga
Sutras, form a sort of ladder, each practice building sequentially on the practice that precedes
it. The eight limbs, or rungs, of raja yoga, presented from the first to the eighth are as
follows:

1. Yama. Yama means “self-restraint” or “self-control” in Sanskrit. The yamas are
a set of ethical practices, somewhat like the commandments of the Old Testament,
which form the basis for spiritual development. In order to be liberated,
the yoga aspirant first must abstain from engaging in behavior that will
be detrimental to his well-being and that of others. Patanjali prescribes five
yamas that are to be observed: nonviolence (ahimsa); not telling lies, or being
truthful (satya); not stealing (asteya); not wasting one’s sexual energy, or literally,
demonstrating “brahmic conduct” (brahmacarya); and not being greedy
(aparigraha). By practicing these five yamas, one develops the self-control
necessary for the pursuit of the highest goals of yoga.
2. Niyama. Niyama means restraint in the sense of “discipline” or “moral observance”
in Sanskrit. The niyamas are a set of ethical principles by which the
practitioner of yoga is advised to conduct his life. Patanjali details five niyamas
that are to be practiced: purity (saucha), contentment (santohsa), asceticism
(tapas), study (svadhyaya), and surrender to a higher power (Isvara-pranidhana).
Taken together, the niyamas provide a prescription for right living.
3. Asana. Asana means “seat” or “posture” in Sanskrit. The asanas are a prescribed
set of physical postures, or poses, that are meant to purify and steady
both the body and mind. For many people, yoga is synonymous with these
postures, which form the basis of what is known as hatha yoga, which is
derived from the system of raja yoga. The asanas play such an important role
in yoga that they have given rise to many approaches to practicing them.
Much of the confusion as to what yoga is in the West is caused by these
various approaches to executing the physical postures of yoga. Because of the
importance that these poses play in yoga and the diversity of ways in which
they can be practiced, the first few sections of Yoga for Men are devoted to a
description of the various styles of yoga that have developed in response to the
practice of raja and hatha yoga.
4. Pranayama. Pranayama means “control (or extension) of the breath” in Sanskrit.
The breath (prana) is more than just the air we take in and exhale,
however. Breath is also synonymous with vital energy, or the life force. Without
breath there is no life. Practitioners of yoga believe that it is essential to
learn to control the breath in order to still the mind. Consequently, detailed
practices have been developed to enhance the flow of breath, or vital life force.
These practices include various ways of inhaling, retaining, and expelling the
breath. The practice of pranayama is so vital to yoga that you will find a
separate section detailing the most frequently practiced of these breathing
techniques in Chapter 16.
5. Pratyahara. Pratyahara means “withdrawal” or “starving the senses” in Sanskrit.
The practice of pratyahara entails withdrawing the senses from sensory
objects, as in sleep.
6. Dharana. Dharana means “concentration” in Sanskrit. Once the practitioner
of yoga has withdrawn the senses from external objects, he practices concentration, for instance, by focusing single-pointedly on an object of
awareness, such as a mental image or a sound.
7. Dhyana. Dhyana means “meditation” in Sanskrit. As the practitioner’s concentration
develops, it deepens into meditation.
8. Samadhi. Samadhi means “bliss” or “ecstasy” in Sanskrit. Once the aspirant
has perfected the preceding steps on the ladder of yoga, he enters into a state
sometimes referred to as superconsciousness, in which the individual self merges
with the infinite consciousness of the universe. This state of bliss is the ultimate
goal of raja yoga.
These eight practices comprise the eight-runged ladder referred to as ashtanga yoga.
Taken together, they form a kind of guide to developing self-control. The first two sets of
practices prescribe how to establish self-discipline over one’s conduct and behavior toward
others through a system of do’s and don’ts of ethical behavior. The next two practices teach
how to achieve self-discipline of the physical body. The last four practices provide detailed
instruction on how to gain mastery of the senses and mind, leading to self-realization.

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Other Major Branches of Yoga

Other Major Branches of Yoga

There are many paths to choose from, and all the paths are equally valid.2 —Swami Rama While most authorities on yoga generally agree that bhakti, jnana, karma, and raja are the four major branches of yoga, there are several yoga practices, or traditional approaches to yoga, that have gained prominence, and which might be considered offshoots of the major branches of yoga. You may, or may have already, come across the names of some of these offshoots. Being familiar with the following popular terms will help round out your understanding of yoga.

Tantra Yoga

Tantra means “loom” in Sanskrit. Tantric yoga uses a variety of practices such as external rituals celebrating the divine feminine principle as well as more internal practices such as meditation and mantra recitation to weave the way to enlightenment. Many scholars believe that the practices of tantra are very ancient. According to some, tantra developed as a reaction to classical yoga practices, which traditionally had been reserved exclusively for certain castes of practitioners, especially men. Tantra is particularly appealing to men who enjoy communing with others. Rather than withdrawing into himself alone, a man can engage with others in order to achieve liberation. This union can entail sexual union. As a result of this fact, tantric yoga is sometimes mistakenly understood to apply only to sexual practices. Tantra, however, involves a much wider range of rituals that are practiced in a sacred, ceremonial way to imbue them with the power of transformation and self-realization. When tantric practices include sexual acts, these acts are engaged in as a means of achieving self-realization. Kundalini yoga draws on some of the practices that form part of tantra yoga.

Iyengar Yoga

Iyengar Yoga is an approach to yoga developed by Bellur Kirshnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar, known more commonly as B.K.S. Iyengar (1918–). It aims to integrate body, mind, and soul. Iyengar Yoga is known for the dynamic precision that its practitioners exemplify in their execution of the physical asanas. It is a complete system of yoga that aims to liberate the soul by integrating the mind and the body through the practice of asanas. In Iyengar Yoga, asana practice becomes meditation in motion, and yoga itself becomes “the perfect art in action.”

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The Branches of Yoga

While yoga is a diverse system of practice comprised of many approaches to selfrealization, many authorities on yoga concur that there are four major branches of yoga that over time have served as a point of origin for developing a practice of yoga. In addition to these four branches, there are several other systems of yoga that have gained widespread interest and attention in building a yoga practice. These might be considered offshoots, or mini-branches, of the main four branches of yoga. The following descriptions will help you understand the four main branches of yoga, with some of their most important offshoots.

The Four Major Branches of Yoga

As most commonly presented, the four major branches of yoga are bhakti yoga, jnana yoga, karma yoga, and raja yoga. Understanding the nature of each can help you incorporate yoga into your life in the most meaningful way.

Bhakti Yoga: The Yoga of Devotion Bhakti literally means “devotion” in Sanskrit. Bhakti yoga is known as the yoga of devotion. Following the path of bhakti yoga requires one to surrender oneself completely to a force or power greater than oneself. That power might be a deity, saint, revered teacher, or a quality, such as love. Through the force of opening one’s heart with undivided love and devotion to this higher force, one enters the grace of self realization. Faith, grace, and love are the hallmarks of bhakti yoga. Mahatama Ghandi and the Dalai Lama, with their open hearts and unswerving devotion to serve, are excellent examples of a bhakta, the term that describes a practitioner of bhakti yoga.

Jnana Yoga: The Yoga of Knowledge

Jnana literally means “wisdom” or “knowledge” in Sanskrit. Jnana yoga is known as the yoga of wisdom. Of all the branches of yoga, this path requires the greatest concentration of mental activity. Jnanins (“knowers”), or practitioners of jnana yoga, seek enlightenment through the power of mental discrimination and inquiry—learning to differentiate the real from the unreal, and the limited personal self from the unlimited infinite self that is the source of all being. Meditation is the most powerful tool used in the practice of jnana yoga.

Karma Yoga: The Yoga of Action

Karma literally means “action” or “cause” in Sanskrit. Karma yoga is known as the yoga of action. Following the path of karma yoga involves seeking liberation through one’s actions in the world. Devoting selfless service to others and practicing one’s tasks in life— professional, familial, and otherwise—with perfect awareness and mindfulness without regard for success or failure permits the practitioner of karma yoga to achieve enlightenment and self-liberation. Through karma yoga, even simple and routine tasks such as driving a car or mowing the lawn can be acts of yoga practice if they are offered selflessly and to benefit others in an act of service. Many people associate yoga with asceticism and withdrawal from the external world and the company of others. Karma yoga offers those who are interested in pursuing its path a way of practicing yoga actively in the world.

Raja Yoga: The Royal Yoga

Raja means “royal” in Sanskrit. Raja yoga is known as the royal road to yoga, or the yoga of enlightenment. Of all the branches of yoga, raja yoga is probably the best-known approach to yoga in the West. The practitioner of raja yoga follows a carefully prescribed path composed of eight practices, or limbs, known as ashtanga (“eight limbs”), to achieve self-realization. These limbs include many of the best-known and most frequently engaged yoga practices, including physical postures, breath control, and concentration. (These practices will be described in much greater detail in the chapters that follow.) Raja yoga is sometimes referred to as classical yoga because the practices that comprise it are detailed in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, one of the earliest extant texts on the practice of yoga. The four major branches of yoga form the overall umbrella under which all other yoga practices are subdivided. Each branch, however, need not be considered mutually exclusive. Some practices, such as meditation, are common to more than one branch of yoga. A follower of yoga can also engage in practices from more than one branch—a man can open the heart through bhakti yoga, engage the world mindfully and dutifully through karma yoga, seek mental discernment through jnana yoga, and engage in the liberating practices of raja yoga all at the same time. In fact, a devotee who follows the teachings of all the branches of yoga will find in yoga a nearly perfect system leading to right living, thinking, and self-realization.


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