How does one think of India? A land of colorful clothes, music, high population, Yoga, spices, perhaps heat and pollution too. Though the perception of the country is a mix of positives and negatives, innumerable people, bitten by the wanderlust bug, find their way to the country, year after year. So what is it about India that attracts tourists from every possible corner of the planet?
Most of those who enter this diverse country are seekers of inner peace and mental health. To be more specific, they enter the country with hopes of benefitting from the gifts of the Vedic era, Yoga and Ayurveda. Yoga and Ayurveda are deeply interlinked, as they are two branches of the same tree, Vedic science. Where Ayurveda concerns itself with healing the body, Yoga helps one heal the Spiritual self.
Apart from aiding in weight loss and restoring the metabolic balance, practicing Yoga can help one increase flexibility of the muscles, improve their immunity, control breathing troubles, cure insomnia and improve the quality of sexual intercourse. However, apart from the above well-known benefits of Yoga, it is only after experiencing the effects that one realizes, that Yoga also has helped them become one with their inner self, thus helping them be at peace with themselves and their surroundings, thereby fulfilling its promise of elevating the spiritual self.
On the other hand, Ayurveda, the branch of the practical implementation of the science of the Vedas, uses herbs and seasonal spices to rid the body of the existing ailments and aid in holistic healing of the body. While the West has so recently discovered the wondrous properties of "Turmeric latter, India has been using Turmeric, along with other roots such as Ginger and Garlic, and spices such as Cinnamon, Cloves and Cayenne Pepper to cure ailments ranging from common cold to Jaundice, and even cancer and Tuberculosis in some cases.
So, the next time you visit India, to experience its diverse culture and benefit from Yoga; do remember to take this ancient form of healing, back with yourself, because it is only after you implement Yoga and Ayurveda in your daily routine, that you will begin your journey towards holistic health.