A Beginners Guide to Ancient Yogic Remedies
Table of Contents
What is Ayurveda
What Is Yoga?
When to Do Oil Pulling
Ailments cured by Oil pulling
Water Therapy through Nostrils- Jal Neti
Buying the Right Neti Pot
Himalayan Salt Is Best
How to Use a Neti Pot
The Pot Procedure
Benefits of Neti -based Water Therapy
Precautions during Water Therapy.
Pressure points for improving Eyesight
Being very interested in alternative medicine forms like Ayurveda and being taught yoga as a part of our Academic curriculum, in our student days, I soon began to understand why the ancients in the East considered yoga to be an integral part of their lives. This book is going to introduce you to some of the more common ancient natural healing traditions practiced in the Indian subcontinent since ancient times.
I was talking to an American audience about alternative Indian medicine, when I spoke about Ayurveda and yoga. A friend immediately said, "But that is religious, and is based on Hindu practices."
I would like to clear up this point once and for all. These practices are definitely not based to people belonging to one religion. Besides, the people who wrote these exercises and rules for right and proper living, and practiced them millenniums ago were Aryans and they gave this knowledge in their religious and spiritual books to the people of India who were practicing Hinduism.
Practicing Hinduism? What do I mean by that?
Consider Hinduism at that time to be a way of life, practicing nonviolence and following the wise teachings of the ancient ones. It is now a full-fledged religion, incorporating those same beliefs, traditions, and way of life in their manner of living and being. The ancient knowledge of those wise ones are now being practiced, as set down in the Vedas and the Puranas.
I am definitely not a Hindu, but since childhood, I and my Hindu, Christian, Mussalman, Buddhist, Sikh and Jain Friends did all these yogic exercises every morning, during school assembly, and we never believed them to be part of a religious tradition belonging exclusively to the Hindus.
Our teachers were sensible enough not to let even an inkling of this controversial idea blossom in our infantile, suspicious and susceptible minds, because that would mean that 17% of the students would immediately have their parents yelling "keep religion out of academics. This is unacceptable. "
This is an extremely touchy subject in the East.
And because we considered these exercises to be part of PT, 15 minutes of this healthy workout kept us healthy and happy throughout our childhoods and youth. We never knew that they were yogic exercises!
According to us, we were keeping healthy, in a natural manner. We definitely did not chant Hindu hymns while doing these exercises.
That in itself would be anathema Maranatha to anybody not a Hindu, including I.
So the idea that this universal healing tradition is limited to just one peoples, is definitely wrong, and it has been started by some lazy minded people, who would rather find excuses not to do a thing rather than work out.
So here am I -not a Hindu!- telling all my friends all over the globe how they can keep healthy, through different natural remedy practices, which have been in vogue for centuries in the Indian subcontinent.
These practices are going to include oil pulling, which is getting to be extremely popular in the West today, and also water therapy.
All this information was taken by me from an experienced Ayurvedic doctor, so that all the information that is being given to you has been time tested and has been recommended by him. But before that, you would want to know a little bit more about the terms, which I am going to be using in this book.