Moving our body is very important for our over all wellness.
There are many benefits, including enhanced flexibility, feelings of lightness, enhanced immunity, lessening of fatigue, decrease of early ageing and smoother ease of expression. There are many more….
Ayurveda includes movement and exercise as recommended in a daily routine a central support in our ability to live a healthy, fulfilling and long life. This has been a main practice for thousands of years in the Tradition. Ayurveda believes this to pacify all three Doshas helping to create balance when its suitable for the body type and season. Any form of movement assists our body in letting go of heaviness and stiffness because it burns Ama (digestive impurities) enhancing our ability to live in our body with comfort and ease. If we indulge in activity that allows our body to flourish by doing something everyday, but not overdoing it we will be rewarded with enhanced digestion, healthy functioning of the tissues, bones, glowing skin, hair and nails and less susceptibility to weight problems.
In Ayurveda it is important to exercise according to your dosha and to use only 50% of your capacity. The Ayurvedic principle -Balaardh is using half your capacity and conserving the other half. Your capacity would depend on daily fluctuations in energy, change of season, age and body type. Over exercising can be damaging and creates imbalance in the body and mind and can do more harm than good from an Ayurvedic perspective. To much can cause fatigue, lack of glow in the skin and face, Pitta and Vata aggravation, strain on the respiratory and cardiovascular system. Research confirms that too much exercise can create free radicals and damage the body. Excess free radicals have been linked to over 80% of degenerative disease and premature ageing.
The different Dosha body types vary in needs of activity and exercise, so its good to become aware of these according to you personally. Vata types need less exercise, so walking is best as its lighter and not over exercising. Pitta types need moderate amounts and swimming or skiing are good. Kapha types need more intense aerobic type activity in order to stay in balance, like jogging or similar to invite stimulation. Knowledge of the seasons is also important for Ayurveda. If you feel like and want to increase your exercise, winter and spring are the best times. In the summer or hot climates its important to decrease over activity and stay in cooler atmospheres away from the sun. Depending on your age also there are different needs associated with exercise, children have more capacity for it and older people need less to stay in balance. Being attentive to what feels right for you at any given time or season will help you to stay in touch with a healthy balance.
Practising Yoga Asana is a really beneficial form of moving your body, the postures work well for people at any age. The movements balance all three dosha, tone the muscles and rejuvenate all the organs in the body. The benefits of this practice are unbounded. Practising Pranayama (breathing exercises) is extremely good for our over all health, assisting the journey of prana through our body influences higher functions of the central nervous system. Increasing alertness and relaxation. This along with Meditation helps in restoring balance to the mind and body.