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Yoga and pranayama

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Yoga and pranayama

Yoga and Ayurveda are sister sciences. Ayurveda recommends to practice yoga every day for general wellbeing and to connect with one’s own nature. Ayurveda is an umbrella science, which all other health practices including yoga can be assimilated under to alleviate the sufferings of human life.

There are 9 primary Indian philosophies, in which Yoga is a very important part of. As physiotherapy is used in western medicine for the treatment of various disorders, similarly yoga therapy is used in Ayurveda to treat both physical and psychological issues. Unlike physiotherapy, yoga is not limited to musculoskeletal or neuromuscular disorders. It has a wider application ranging from stress reduction, meditation, breathing techniques (pranayama), detox, and physical postures (asana). All of this in combination can be used in almost every aspect of Ayurvedic treatments.

Pranayama is a very important aspect of yoga. The word prana means life force and ayama means to expand. So the literal meaning is to expand the prana. There are many different techniques in pranayama but the most balanced pranayama is anuloma viloma, which can be done as a regular practice by everybody without any side effects. Anuloma viloma helps to calm the mind and balance all the doshas.