Role of Ayurveda,yoga and spirituality in Covid -19 Crisis
02 May 2020

Role of Ayurveda, Yoga and Spirituality in Covid -19 Crisis

Importance of Ayurveda, Yoga and spirituality to face huge challenges by human mankind, due to Corona virus global Crisis and to adapt to after Corona lifestyle. 
Ayurveda-Yoga-Spirituality which is an vast ancient Indian medical Science described in vedas, presents as independent branches in present era, help the humankind to come out of this difficulty in adapting and adjusting to current crisis. 
Scriptures say that four instincts are common to human beings and animals – hunger, sleep, procreation and fear. Animals are programmed to do certain things only. But the ability to think and discriminate between desirable and undesirable is special to human beings. If we do not use this extra faculty given to us, we will be no better than animals. Spirituality is the the quality of being concerned with the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things. The word “Spiritual” means about “concerning the spirit”. आत्मनि अधि इति अध्यात्म । If the person is mentally strong and positive, the physical illness will not impact him, likewise how the body immunity plays role in fighting the diseases, equally mental wellbeing and positiveness do. 


How Ayurveda and Yoga helps to develop spiritual strength? 

Yoga is explained to be ‘Chittavridhi Nirodha’, Which means to hold improper thinking and excessive thinking by specific yoga postures and Pranayama(breathing) techniques, dhyana (Meditation) and focus ones mind on self to understand purpose of the life clearly. 
Ayurveda emphasizes the unshakable connections between the body, mind, and spirit. However, Ayurveda’s connectedness extends far beyond the individual, reaching into the universal.We remain healthy if we retain balance, interacting with our environment in an effective and wholesome way,because there is strong connection with self and environment. Now a days due to modern lifestyle, diet and Proffesion and relationships, there is imbalance in all the four physical, mental, spiritual and social wellbeing. 

Ayurvedic specialities Bhuta vidya and Graha chikitsa ( psychology) deals with spirituality. According to Ayurveda, healthy people have abundant ojas, strength the vital essence that promotes health, immunity, happiness and spiritual strength. Through the self-loving practices of pranayama (breathing practices), spiritual discipline and tantric techniques, we can transform our ojas into spiritual strength.The Ayurvedic herbs like, Ashwagandha, Tulsi, Yasthimadhu, Haridra etc increase Ojas, following daily regimen according to ayurvedic ( Dinacharya) , seasonal regimen according to (Ritucharya), Sadvritta (code of good conduct for mental health and social behavior), these are the Ayurvedic rules to excel ojas, which in turn  strengthenes physical, mental, spiritual wellbeing of a person and helps in prevention of disease and to lead healthy life. 


Spirituality is the art of understanding the spirit or essence of life. It is a process of living in full awareness instead of on instinct. As such awareness can come to us through wisdom given in our scriptures, we must therefore spend at least half an hour daily to read them. This has to be a part of our daily routine because we tend to forget the essence of life. We have to remind ourselves daily. That is why in cultured families, the whole family gets together to read some portion of their scriptures maybe the Ramayana, Bhagwad Gita, Quran or Bible everyday. Such families remain united, have love for each other and are generally happy. 
The shift in priorities allows us to embrace our spirituality in a more profound way”. 
Happiness is right within us. We need to focus on it. Daily meditation is useful for this. Ayurveda, Yoga and spirituality has huge importance to face challenges arised to mankind, by Covid -19 global Crisis. Ayurveda,Yoga, Spirituality which are interlinked Science help the human beings to come out of this difficulty in adapting and adjusting to current crisis. Scriptures say that four instincts are common to human beings and animals – hunger, sleep, procreation and fear. Animals are programmed to do certain things only. But the ability to think and discriminate between desirable and undesirable is special to human beings. If we do not use this extra faculty given to us, we will be no better than animals. Spirituality is the the quality of being concerned with the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things. The word “Spiritual” means about “concerning the spirit”. आत्मनि अधि इति अध्यात्म । If the person is mentally strong and positive, the physical illness will not impact him, likewise how the body immunity plays role in fighting the diseases, equally mental wellbeing and positiveness do. How do Ayurveda and Yoga help to develop spiritual strength? Yoga is explained to be ‘Chittavridhi Nirodha’, Which means to hold improper thinking and excessive thinking by specific yoga postures and Pranayama(breathing) techniques and dhyana (Meditation) and focus ones mind on self to understand purpose of the life clearly. Ayurveda emphasizes the unshakable connections between the body, mind, and spirit. However, Ayurveda’s connectedness extends far beyond the individual, reaching into the universal.We remain healthy if we retain balance, interacting with our environment in an effective and wholesome way, because there is strong connection with self and environment. Now a days due to modern lifestyle, diet , Proffesion and relationships, there is imbalance in all the four – physical, mental, spiritual and social wellbeing . Ayurvedic specialities Bhuta vidya and Graha chikitsa ( psychology) deals with spirituality. According to Ayurveda, healthy people have abundant ojas, strength the vital essence that promotes health, immunity, happiness and spiritual strength. Through the self-loving practices of pranayama (breathing practices), spiritual discipline and tantric techniques, we can transform our ojas into spiritual strength.The Ayurvedic herbs like, Ashwagandha, Tulsi, Yasthimadhu, Haridra etc increase Ojas, Following daily regimen according to ayurvedic ( Dinacharya) , seasonal regimen according to (Ritucharya), Sadvritta (code of good conduct for mental health and social behavior), these are the Ayurvedic rules to excellence of ojas, which in turn strengthenes physical, mental, spiritual wellbeing of a person and helps in prevention of disease. Spirituality is the art of understanding the spirit or essence of life. It is a process of living in full awareness instead of on instinct. As such awareness can come to us through wisdom given in our scriptures, we must therefore spend at least half an hour daily to read them. This has to be a part of our daily routine because we tend to forget the essence of life. We have to remind ourselves daily. That is why in cultured families, the whole family gets together to read some portion of their scriptures maybe the Ramayana, Bhagwad Gita, Quran or Bible everyday. Such families remain united, have love for each other and are generally happy. The shift in priorities allows us to embrace our spirituality in a more profound way”. 
Happiness is right within us. We need to focus on it. Daily meditation is useful for this. 
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Author
Dr. Sudha Kanchi
Managing director Saptashwa Ayurvedic health center
BAMS, MS (Ayu) 
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