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Theory and Techniques in Ayurvedic Practice

Lizabeth Harrison

on 9 July 2011

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Neti Pot The Neti Pot cleanses and clears the nasal cavities of air borne toxins and pathogens, viruses, particulate matter and excess mucous.

This is really good for times when you feel congested or are bothered by allergies In Kapha season, when the weather is cool and moist, and we are prone to seasonal allergies, it is important to keep the sinuses clear. Salt water can also dry out the sinuses, so it is a good idea to follow up the Neti with Nasya.

To prevent too much accumulation of oil in the passages, Neti should be performed intermittently during periods of regular use of Nasya. Nasya Oil Nasya is the nasal administration of medicinal herbs, decoctions and oils

Nasya oil is an herbal infused oil which is both nurturing and nourishing, alleviating numerous discomforts that occur above the clavicle area If you breathe dust, pepper or allergens like pollen, sneezing soon follows - the body is trying to rid itself of the irritant; Nasya actually pacifies sneezing and relaxes irritated or inflamed nasal passages. Nasya Benefits for the Mind:

Balancing for vata, pitta, and kapha

Enhances cerebral circulation

Restores and balances prana in the body.

Promotes clarity of perception and intuition

Stimulates memory.

Helps release tension

Relieves stress from anxiety and worry Wikipedia: A·yur·ve·da (yr-vd, -v-)n.
The ancient Hindu science of health and medicine.
[Sanskrit yurveda : yu, life, health; see aiw- in Indo-European roots + veda, knowledge, lore; see weid- in Indo-European roots.] Ayurveda Shirodhara Doshas Pitta Vata Kapha Earth & Water Water & Air PITTA PHYSICAL
Skin fair, freckles, tendancy to rashes, fair, soft
Hair fine, soft, air or reddish
Face heart shaped, often with pointed chin
Neck, nose & mouth average size KAPHA PHYSICAL
Skin is thick, oily, pale, white & cold

Hair is plentiful, thick, wavy, lusterous and generally brown

Face is large, rounded and full

Related to the stomach and lungs

Involved with all secretions, mucus, lymph, joints, VATA PHYSICAL
Skin is thin, dry, darkish and cool

Face is long, angular, often underdeveloped chin

Nose is small & narrow or long, crooked or asymmetrical

Eyes are small, narrow or sunken, dark brown or gray

Mouth is small with thin, narrow or tight lips

Teeth are irregular, protruding or broken sen in receding gums PITTA MIND:




Enthusiasm for knowledge


Caring, Centerednesss, Compassion,

Faith, Fulfilment

Groundedness Patience,

Support, Tenderness VATA MIND
Creativity, Enthusiasm, Freedom
Joy, Vitality Treatments Abayanga http://images.elfwood.com/art/j/m/jmahan/fire_and_water_copy.jpg Water & Fire http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41rshLbll2L._SL500_AA300_.jpg History of Ayurveda http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2Zw-vYn270 (types) http://2cmyhre.org/2cphotos/images/PictsforWebDisplay/yesteryear/Hot_Air_Water.JPG Shirodhara is Sanscrit for shiras 'head' and dhara 'flow'. gently pouring liquids over the forehead USED TO TREAT
Greying hair
Memory loss
Hearing impairment
Meniere's Disease
Some forms of Psoriasis (oil, milk, buttermilk, coconut milk) http://wn.com/AyurvedaShirodhara http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEwDf8H7R6I abhyanga (bh·yänˑ·g),
n in Ayurveda, an oil massage, recommended for increasing flexibility of muscles and joints, rejuvenating skin, and keeping impurities from accumulating in the body by stimulating various tissues.
Abhyanga. http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/abhyanga "the complete knowledge for long life" Neti is the ayurvedic technique to clear the sinuses on a weekly or daily routine.

The Neti Pot is a small clay pot with a narrow spout through which warm saline water is run through each nostril. Benefits for the Body:

Resistance to disease

Improve quality of voice

Strengthen vision Nasya Oil blend (Banyan Botanicals):
Eucalyptus The End Namaste Moistens, soothes and protects dry nasal passages due to air conditioning and dry heat conditions When the sinuses are dried out, they over compensate by creating excess mucus, which can be a breeding ground for infections. Use of Neti once a week is a good standard, but is can be used up to every day, when needed. The spirit in me recognizes the spirit in you. Presented by Lizabeth Harrison
Course PIDP 3240
Digital Project
Vancouver Community College Video References:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8sDIbRAXlg Picture References:
http://2cmyhre.org/2cphotos/images/PictsforWebDisplay/yesteryear/Hot_Air_Water.JPG This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada License There are 8 branches of Ayurveda:

1. General Medicine
2. Major Surgery
3. Minor Surgery
4. Pediatrics and Gynecology
5. Psychiatry
6. Toxicology
7. Anti-Aging Therapy
8. Aphrodisiacs Space (Akash)
Air (Vayu)
Fire (Agrii)
Water (Jala)
Earth (Prithu) 5 Elements 8 Branches All the imbalances or disease a human body can have can be brought down to three simple things.

Too much acidity
Too much mucus or fat or oil Imbalances 5 Layers of the Body 1. The Physical body - Vata, Pitta, Kapha
2. The Energy body
3. The Mental or Intelligent Body
4. The Bliss body
5. The Soul or Spirit body The food for the Energy body is companionship. It can come from the joy of work. The Mental body is nourished by peace, harmony, laughter and love. The Intelligent body is connected with desires. There are 3 ways to fulfill desires.

1. By acting on them (like a child playing with toys). From age 1-48 we are in that period of our lives where we tend to hang on to our desires.
2. By trying to get a better bargain. This is what motivates us from age 48-84.
3. By growing out of desires. This is how we act from age 84-120. In the Bliss body, people can be givers (positive) or takers (negative). Vata Pitta Kapha Mantra
May all be Blessed with Well Being
May all be Free of Ailments
May all Behold Auspicious Events
May none be Affected by War
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