Meditation And Yoga
Meditation and physical exercises are meant to isolate the ego from the body and mind. The exercises are designed to hone concentration, improve health and help attain peace of mind through 8 stages of training:
1. Disciplined Behaviour (Yama).
2. Self-purification (Niyama).
3. Bodily postures such as the Lotus position (Asana).
4. Control of breathing (Pranayarna).
5. Control of the senses (Pratyahara).
6. Fixing of the mind on a chosen object (Dharana).
7. Meditation (Dhyana) and
8. Samadhi, a state of being where one experience absolute tranquility and well being.
Herbal face pack, herbal oil massage, intake of herbal tea etc. improves complexion and beautifies the body.
'Thaali' is a traditional shampoo. It can be any herb, usually the soapy paste of crushed 'Hibiscus Rosa' leaves or 'Cheevakkai' (Shikakai) powder, made into a paste and rubbed into the hair during the bath.
Plain boiled rice soup rubbed into the scalp for ten minutes prior to the bath is an excellent cure for dandruff. 'Moong' (green gram) is a good hair and body scrub. 'Mylanchi' (henna or Egyptian privet) is widely used as a hair dye.
Adding 'Amla' (dried and powdered Gooseberry, 'Phylanthus embilica') and beating in an Egg Yolk makes the dye fast. Unlike chemical dyes, this is quite harmless. A mixture of Coconut Milk and Lemon Juice can prevent hair loss.
Yoghurt, eggs and Lemon Juice rubbed into the scalp is said to accelerate hair growth, while Cucumber has excellent astringent properties.
Pastes of Cucumber, Sandalwood, Papaya and Pineapple Fruit are used for making face masks. Honey acts as a powerful moisturizer. Turmeric paste is another popular skin care herb, applied both as a face pack as well as all over the body, to improve the skin tone and prevent skin disorders.
A mixture of Lemon Juice and Honey is used in skin care. A paste of 'Raktha Chandanam' (red sandalwood) in Honey, applied once or twice a day for about a fortnight, has a magical effect in erasing scars.
Medicated herbal powder and medicated herbal oil massages, an Ayurvedic diet of herbal juices etc. are part of the program.
A five-fold treatment for mental and physical well being - tunes the body, organs, mind, breath, nerves and purifies the blood.