In a world that is constantly changing, many people are looking for ways to live a long and fulfilling life. Longevity, often referred to as longevity, is influenced not only by genes, but also by environmental factors and individual behaviors. The holistic approach of European Ayurveda® offers you proven therapies and routines for healthy ageing.
Ageing is not a disease, but a natural process in the flow of life. Called "Jara" in Ayurveda, ageing is influenced by "Shareera" (body), "Indriya" (emotion), "Satwa" (psyche), "Agni" (metabolism) and "Ojas" (immune system). In order to maintain health, these different aspects of each person must be in balance. With the help of Ayurvedic teachings, the individual can succeed in living in harmony with nature, the universal consciousness, the environment and the individual constitution.
Factors for a long life
In order to age healthily, it is important to incorporate a healthy lifestyle and beneficial routines into everyday life. On a mental level, harmonious decisions and actions promote healthy development of the mind at any age. The following principles have a direct influence on the ageing process:
- Doshas (bionergies) determine your longevity on a cellular level. Vata, the energy of movement, controls all of the body's vital functions. Pitta drives digestion and metabolism. Kapha directs anabolism and coordinates the smooth interaction of different areas of the body. Health and illness directly reflect the balance and interaction of the doshas in your body. As a result, they have a significant influence on the ageing process.
- Prakriti describes your individual constitution - on an anatomical, physiological and psychological level. This "basic composition" of your being affects your metabolism and your immune system, but also your mental state and your preferences and inclinations. Prakriti therefore determines your ability to develop on a physical and mental level - at a young age, but also in old age.
- Digestion and conscious eating: Your eating behavior - i.e. what, when, where and how you eat - influences your personality according to the teachings of European Ayurveda®. Conscious eating in harmony with nature (i.e. seasonal and regional) promotes optimal digestion, corrects imbalances in the body, can prevent illness and disease and delays the ageing process
- Achar Rasayana, translated as "young, agile mind", is an Ayurvedic strategy for regulating social behavior that ensures a healthy life in a healthy society. In our dynamic community, the ability to adapt to different behaviors is of great relevance to social health. Optimism and resilience can make a decisive contribution to influencing the quality of life and thus also its duration.
Longevity: 12 practical measures for every day
- Get up early: A fresh start to the day can regulate your body's natural rhythm and promote longevity.
- Drink warm water: Drinking warm water in the morning stimulates the metabolism and supports the elimination of toxins. Add a little lemon juice, coriander or cumin to the boiled water to enhance the effect.
- Gandusha (oil pulling): The mindful "pulling" of high-quality oil in the mouth supports the oral microbiome, which can protect against unwanted bacteria and gum problems. Tip: Use oil pulling before tongue scraping and brushing your teeth - click here for the Ayurvedic morning routine.
- Jihwa Prakshalana (tongue scraping): Tongue scraping in the morning removes bacteria and toxins, improves oral health and strengthens the immune system.
- Abhyanga (self-massage): A loving self-massage with warm (herbal) oil can calm Vata, combat stress, improve circulation and strengthen the immune system.
- Practices for body and mind: Yoga, pranayama, meditation or other exercises in the morning can calm the body and mind and promote health and longevity.
- Eat regularly: Always eating meals at the same time regulates the metabolism and prevents cravings and loss of appetite. According to Ayurvedic teachings, breakfast and lunch should be the main meals of the day.
- Balanced diet: A balanced diet with all six tastes (sweet, sour, salty, fatty, bitter and umami) supports the absorption of all necessary nutrients.
- No late dinners: In order not to disturb the body's rhythm and to support healthy sleep, you should have your evening meal before 7.00 pm.
- No distractions during meals: When eating, concentrate fully on your meal. Eating in front of a screen or other distractions can encourage overeating and poor digestion and therefore affect your health.
- Healthy sleep: In Ayurveda, sleep is one of the most important pillars of health. Go to bed early, practise breathing exercises (pranayama) or meditation and avoid distractions from the TV or smartphone.
- Detoxification: Sometimes the imbalances in the body can become so severe that all the points described above are not enough to bring you back into balance. In such cases, a more comprehensive detoxification program, a European Ayurveda® cure, may be necessary. If possible, treat your body to a break at the European Ayurveda Resort Sonnhof once a year.
A healthy lifestyle, a balanced diet, regular exercise and stress management play a key role in how your body and mind develop over the decades. By combining the millennia-old principles of Ayurveda with the findings of modern science, you can individually develop a holistic approach for a long, healthy and happy life.