Scientific School of Yoga, Naturopathy and Ayurve
Kerala, the pioneer in Indian traditional ayurvedic massages and panchkarma treatments now boasts of several ayurvedic centers. Scientific School of Yoga, Naturopathy and Ayurveda Hospital in Varkala is one of them that have been providing various programs for an enhanced healthy living for decades.
Here at the hospital the ayurvedic remedies are practised in its most pristine form, with traditional ayurvedic herbal oil and medicines and by qualified and well-experienced masseurs and masseuses from Kerala. Medicated massages are considered to be the most important aspect of Ayurveda. Apart from Ayurveda the school also teaches Yoga and practices Naturopathy.
Ayurveda is knowledge about the life itself. Ayurveda has its own comprehensive way of understanding the body, causes of a disease, how to prevent them, how to relive and cure them, methods of preparing therapeutic medicines using herbs, oils, plant mineral and animal matter and methods of surgery. It is believed in Ayurveda that all objects in the universe are composed of five basic elements (Panchtatvas) namely, earth, water, fire, air and vacuum (ether). Ayurveda treats patients using mostly herbal medicines that are taken orally or applied on the body. It also uses oils as carriers of such therapeutic agents. It has a comprehensive system of massages and body treatments that give relief in wide range of illness from migraine and sinus to arthritis and paralysis that detoxifies and cleanse the body.
Naturopathy is a very old science of healthy living and drugless system of healing and curing. The principle of naturopathy is based on a well-founded philosophy or a belief that our body has an innate capacity to heal itself from disease or injury. Naturopathy operates in a paradigm of no surgery and no medicines, simply harnessing the power of nature i.e. air, water, sun, and food that is close to its natural form. There are several principles which form the base of naturopathy
- Our body has the capacity to heal itself and regain health.
- Nature is the greatest healer. # Naturopathy heals the patient and not the disease.
- Naturopathy treats all the four aspects i.e. physical, mental, social and spiritual.
- The whole body is treated instead of giving treatment to each organ separately.
- There are no medicines used in Naturopath. “Food is Medicine”.
On the basis of these principles a patient is treated here. Some of the therapies observed to heal are Diet Therapy, which can be classified into eliminative diet, soothing diet and constructive diet, Fasting Therapy, Mud Therapy, Hydro Therapy, Masso Therapy, Chromo Therapy, Stiz bath, Spinal Bath, etc.
Yoga is to focus your mind solely and deeply on the object of your medication, to the exclusion of any other thought or feeling. Yoga is much of a spiritual pursuit. The techniques of yoga have been distilled into eight methods in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra; Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayam, Pratyahaar, Dharana, Dhyaan and Samadhi. Types of yoga practised at the hospital are Japa Yoga, Karma Yoga, Gyana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Raja Yoga.
Some principles are required to be studied before performing yoga:
- Yoga is different from exercise
- Violent actions should be avoided during Yoga practice.
- Asana are the static stretching procedures that should be performed slowly and smoothly.
- The position while performing the Asana should be comfortably maintained for some time with least effort.
- Pranayam is very different in purpose and technique from the “Breathing exercises”.
- No stress should be taken while performing yoga and should be performed according to one’s own capacity
- The yogic practices should be done empty stomach.
- The clothes while performing the yoga should be loose and comfortable.
- The yoga should be practiced in a well-ventilated area.
For the convenience and the comfort of the tourists the accommodation facilities based on the requirements are provided.
For more information: http://ssynayurveda.com/
Updated on January 2009.