Modern science is catching up with ancient Ayurvedic medicine. Ayurveda has known for thousands of years the importance of circadian rhythms.
The study of ‘molecular mechanisms controlling circadian rhythms’ is so important and significant, the three scientists involved in this study- Jeffrey Hall, Michael Rosbash, and Michael Young- have just been awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Medicine!
What does Ayurveda say about the importance of honoring the rise and fall of the sun? When you sync your personal lifestyle patterns with circadian rhythms you can reverse engineer your habits. Reverse engineering your daily lifestyle leads to a healthier body and a better aging experience.
When you sync your personal lifestyle patterns with circadian rhythms you can reverse engineer your habits.
Circadian rhythms are, essentially, daily cycles of biological activity. They are based on a 24-hour period and influenced by the most regular variations in the environment like the alternation of night and day.
Circadian rhythms can influence so many aspects of your wellbeing. Your sleep-wake cycles, hormone release, body temperature and other important bodily functions are all regulated by circadian rhythms. Abnormal circadian rhythms have been linked to various sleep disorders. They have also been associated with obesity, diabetes, depression, bipolar disorder and seasonal affective disorder.
The importance of maintaining your circadian rhythms is well indicated. The World Health Organization recognizes night shifts as a possible cause of cancer. Research also shows how the times at which we eat contribute to the disruption of our circadian rhythms.
What’s more, circadian rhythms also effects things like fertility, mental focus and aging. They can cause undue stress and heart attacks. This coordination of all the internal clocks happens to allow pituitaries and ovaries to match up when triggering ovulation, the pancreas, gut, and hypothalamus. They make us feel hungry as well as digest our food, and feel sleepy when the body is ready to go into relaxation mode. That is how profoundly powerful these rhythms are.
It is so important for us to pay attention to our cycles so that we can see how these bio rhythms influence who we are. If we are in alignment with the rhythms, then we experience life more deeply and with attunement. If we ignore them, we are out of step.
So much of health is living in rhythm.
The reality is that the more we are in rhythm, the more we are in alignment, the more energy passes through us, the more vibrant, joyful, connected, vibrant and abundant we are.
The stakes are high!
Long before any of these studies were conducted and discoveries were made, ancient sciences talked about these rhythms, about balance and synchronicity with nature, about being in alignment with oneself.
Through disciplined sleep routines, prescribed eating, cleansing and self-care practices and recommended exercise, Ayurveda and yoga gives you several tools to balance and restore your circadian rhythms.
The sister sciences of yoga and Ayurveda delved into those unseen, intangible territories which opened up a far “up-levelled” experience of wellbeing- and yet, they were always rooted in the very physical, the daily, the practical aspects of life.
And this is what the Energetics of Ayurveda, an Ayurvedic understanding through your yoga practice and a yogic perspective of the Ayurvedic Science gives you-
If you’re already on the path of well-being, seeking complete happiness in life – this could be the ultimate plunge for you.
And if you’re already on the path of yoga, you must note
– without this, your yoga practice is incomplete, any yoga practice is incomplete.
Ayurvedic theory is both organic and sophisticated; it unpacks the energetic perspective of what causes imbalances and engenders disease.
Recognizing the relationship of those habits which court disease is only half of the equation. Updating habits in real time is the crux and strategy of habit evolution.
It is to help you practice these habits that are good for you that today, The Ayurveda Experience proudly presents to you-
Through this 3 part program, a yoga practitioner gets an Ayurvedic orientation to her Yogic practice, and someone on the path of Ayurveda, gets a Yogic perspective on Ayurveda.
From the 7 Chakras, to Spices as Medicines, from creating a healing sanctuary for yourself to exercises to balance different doshas, from the right diet and why to consume it, to 5-Body Hygiene, this program covers a whole new range of topics through a beautiful amalgamation of Ayurvedic concepts and Yogic ideas.
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