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Lose weight with Ayurveda

By Debarati S Sen,TNN

Radhika Vachni and Dr Ruchi Upadhaya tell us how to deal with weight loss and stress with the help of Ayurveda

Weight loss and stress is one of the biggest urban problems these days. And ayurvedic treatments to deal with this is attractive to people who do not want to deal with the side effects of losing weight with laser and surgery.

Radhika Vachni’s Yogacara a yoga and Ayurveda healing art studio, in Bandra offers holistic, lifestyle solutions guided by ancient disciplines of Yoga, Ayurveda, Meditation and Panchkarma, to suit the needs of the modern world, in a serene location that lets you reconnect and re-energise. What sets Yogacara apart is their approach, which is customised based on each persons wellness / health challenges, lifestyle and needs.

Yogacara which simply means, “One whose practice is Yoga” is derived from the Sanskrit word “YUJ”, and means “to unite” or “to join”.

Two Ayurveda Programs titled ” Medohar Chikitsa” and “Manaswasthya? Chikitsa” have been developed to address the issues of Weight Management and Stress.

Medohar Chikitsa – Weight loss:
This program involves a complete detoxification of the body to remove toxins on a cellular level, before a sensible weight loss program can begin. Massages with herbal oils and powders help keep the muscles toned, break fat, and release toxins from the outer layers. Herbal juices and medicines, and purification methods readjust the system resulting in the loss of excess fat. Yoga, the right support, eating healthy, and a sensible program enables you to keep the weight off in a healthy and safe manner.

Manaswasthya Chikitsa- Stress:
A combination of yoga, meditation and Ayurveda is used to de-stress the entire body, and attain a complete state of mental and physical relaxation. Massage is used to disperse toxins from tense and knotted muscles while improving blood circulation. Strain is removed from the eyes to nourish the vision. The nervous system is strengthened and relaxed, the different cavities are cleansed, oxygen is increased to improve brain functioning, and premature graying is avoided. ?

??Ayurveda is an ancient Indian medical Science? based on the premise that the universe is made up of five elements: air, water, fire, earth and ether. These elements are represented in humans as three “doshas” or energies known as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Ayurveda stresses a balance of these three elemental energies: Vayu/Vata (air and space-“wind”), pitta (fire & water -“bile”), and Kapha (water & earth-“phlegm”). When any of the doshas accumulate in the body beyond the desirable limit, the body loses its balance and disease manifests. Hence balancing these three doshas in our bodies becomes essential.

“Ayurveda and yoga are lifestyle sciences that fully integrate with each other to provide sustainable solutions for wellness and health management. Both sciences emphasize healthy living, and purification and rejuvenation of the mind, body and spirit, to achieve youthfulness, longevity and vitality, while also helping treat ailments and chronic diseases. Ayurveda incorporates plant based medicines and panchakarma treatments that work in harmony with nature, and that are all about creating balance in ourselves, and thus these sciences work perfectly with our philosophy at Yogacara “, says Dr Ruchi Upadhyay. At Yogacara we focus on the branch of Ayurveda known as Kayachitikitsa-internal herbal and holistic medicine-which deals with the diagnosis, prevention, and the treatment of diseases; Panchakarma (five actions) which is the cleansing and rejuvenating program for the body, mind and consciousness; and Swasthavritta which deals with the science of good health and good living.

Yogacara’s members are essentially those who have chosen to embark on a path of a healthier, and a more balanced way of living; coming back to a natural state of connectedness in everything that they do. Each one imbibes the slow movement philosophy of retaining one’s health, energy and youthfulness through the incorporation of simple and harmonious rhythms back into their daily lives through the benefits of Yoga, Meditation, Ayurveda and Life Enhancement Workshops.

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