Marmas (Vital Points in the Body)
Ayurveda and Yoga both recognize the vital points (Marmas) in human body, where the life force is concentrated. These points are located where the flesh, veins, arteries, tendons, bones and joints meet. These could be viewed also as the crucial junctions where the elemental substances, namely, Vata, Pitta and kapha converge in the subtlest of proportions.
Who is a healthy person according to Ayurveda ?
Sushrutha Samhita, an ancient Ayurvedic text, puts it this way; “He/She whose doshas are in balance, whose appetite is good, whose dhatus are functioning normally, whose malas (excreta and secretions) are in balance and whose self, mind and senses remain full of bliss, is truly a healthy person”.
Thus we see that in Ayurvedic concept, there is essentially an experience of the self – referral state of bliss, which gets inextricably linked up with the definition of health. Ayu (Life or lifespan) is the outcome of the physical aspect, the senses, mind and soul being integrated at the deepest level. Whether it is Ayurveda or Yoga, in the final analysis, it is the quest for unity and perfection, viz., a complete integration of mind, body and consciousness.
So, it comes to this: Yoga is central to Dinacharya , the Ayurvedic routine to be maintained for realizing the balance of the various life forces and impulses characteristic of the human organism.Yoga is nothing but the most ideal Ayurvedic exercise, which rejuvenates the body, improves and corrects the metabolic process and removes stress and strain, and finally sets the mind at rest and tranquility, resulting in peace with the self and the universe.
The purpose of the literature on Ayurveda and Yoga as presented here is to provide the basic information on the topics . Anyone intending to try cures for either acute or chronic health problems should consult a trained Ayurvedic practitioner , who only can fully assess and address his / her health concerns effectively. If you would seek the advice of such trained Ayurvedic or , for that matter, Yoga experts, you may contact us at the following references :