Ayurveda is the science of life. It teaches us to become aware of ourselves in relation to our environment and the world around us. It teaches us to be aware of our energetic constitution and be in harmony with what we eat, hear, feel, smells and more. It is a science that is not just focused on extending the live live it fully and in harmony with cosmos.
Ayurveda is based on understanding and describing the body+mind using the forces of nature cosmic space, wind, fire or heat, fluidity, and solidity. The patterns of interaction of these forces have predominance in an individual’s ayurvedic constitution.
Dis-ease according to Ayurveda is an imbalance of one’s body+mind constitution. Ayurvedik assessment gives us understanding of which forces are out of balance and that is used in creating a treatment plan to restore the balance and heath.
Ayurveda places great emphasis on prevention and maintenance of health through close attention of balance in one’s life, right life-style, herbs, bodywork therapies. The one of the very effective manual therapy is Marma Therapy.
Marma are places in our body where currents of life-energies (qi, prana) cross over. They are serving as gates between body’s physical and subtle levels. Marma are widely used is manual bodywork to eliminate toxins from the body, allowing healing and restoration of the channels, tissues, metabolic, endocrine and mental functions.
Yogi Yajnavalkya (1800 BC) was one the first ancient yogi to talk about the 108 Marmas and their use in healing and for enhancing the consciousness. Sushruta (6th BC) described in (Sushruta Samhita) the detail of all the 108 Marmas and their usage in surgery and healing.
I have been fortunate to learn the art of Marma healing in it’s traditional form from a Nath yogi (linage of Yogi Gorakhnath), in my birth state of Gujarat, and also from Dr. Vasant Lad (preeminent Ayurvedik Physician and Professor of Ayurveda, in Albuquerque, NM) in the tradition of Sushruta.