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The Fundamentals Of Good Health

Sadhguru

Yogi, Spiritual Leader

5 min read

 

There are three fundamentals you need to take care of to create health for yourself – food, activity and rest.

1. Eating Right

One of the most critical aspects you must be conscious of is how quickly a specific type of food digests and becomes a part of yourself. If you eat something and it doesn’t digest within three hours, it means you have eaten food that should either be avoided or reduced in quantity. If the food moves out of UR stomach within three hours, it means that even if it is not the best food, it is still something UR system is able to handle.

If you maintain a clear gap of five to six hours between one meal and the next, without having anything in between, cleansing will take place at the cellular level. This cleansing at the cellular level is essential for a healthy life.

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If you are over 30 years of age, two tasty meals a day will suffice one in the morning and one in the evening. There must be a gap of three hours before you go to bed after UR evening meal. If this includes at least 20 to 30 minutes of light physical activity such as simple walking UR system will be healthy. If you go to bed with food still inside UR stomach, a certain level of inertia in the system will be generated.

Physiologically, this inertia is like acceleration towards death and death is the ultimate inertia. Another dimension is that if you go to bed with a full stomach, it puts pressure on other organs in the abdomen. This will also lead to various kinds of health issues. For this reason, too it is crucial that before you go to bed the food eaten should move out of the stomach as you sleep in different postures so you should ensure that UR stomach doesn’t put pressure on UR other organs at any point.

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There must be a gap of three hours before you go to bed after UR evening meal. If this includes at least 20 to 30 minutes of light physical activity such as simple walking UR system will be healthy.


2. Use UR Body

When it comes to activity, a straightforward thing you need to consider is that UR body is capable of bending forward, bending backwards and twisting towards both sides. So this activity must happen in some form or the other. Classical hatha yoga is the best way to do it. Moreover, it is scientific. So if traditional hatha yoga is not yet part of UR life, you must somehow make sure that every day you bend forward, backward, twist to both sides and squat so that UR spinal column is stretched. This is a must on a daily basis, if you want to keep UR entire system healthy particularly UR neurological system, or else it will be an issue as you age.

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3. Get Enough Rest But Not Too Much!

Various factors determine the amount of rest a person needs. One crucial factor is the type and amount of food you consume. Experiment with different kinds of foods and check which foods make you feel heavy and which ones leave you light and agile. If you make sure that at least 40 per cent of UR diet consists of fresh vegetables and fruits, there will be lightness in UR body.

Also what the body needs is restfulness and not necessarily sleep. Therefore it is a misunderstanding to think that sleep is the only way to rest. Even as you sit or stand you can either be in a state of restfulness, in a state of agitation, or in a state of inertia. But if you are in a lively state of restfulness every moment of UR life, the volume of sleep you require will decrease.

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The Five Sheaths Of The Body

1. In yoga, the human system is looked upon as five sheaths or layers. Every aspect of the human system including the mind, is seen as a body and yoga is a technology to transform it. These five layers of the body are called Annamaya Kosha, Manomaya Kosha, Pranamaya Kosha, Vignanamaya Kosha and Anandamaya Kosha.

2. Anna means food. And UR physical body or Annamaya Kosha is the food that you have eaten small or big is UR choice, but it is food, nonetheless. So as there is a physical body that you have gathered from outside, there is also a mental body. This spiritual body is known as Manomaya Kosha. If you bring the physical body, the mental body and the energy body into proper alignment and balance, you will not have any physical or psychological ailments.

3. The third layer of the body is called Pranamaya Kosha or energy body. The physical body, mental body, and energy body are all in the realm of physicality, but on different levels of subtlety.

4. The next layer of the body is a transitory body that is known as Vignanamaya Kosha. It facilitates the transition from the physical to the non-physical. It does not ascribe to any of the physical qualities, but at the same time it is not yet wholly non-physical either.

5. This layer is called Anandamaya Kosha which in English translates as ‘bliss body’. This does not mean there is a bubble of bliss in you. It is called bliss body because in our experience, whenever it is touched, we become blissful. Bliss is not its nature; bliss is what it causes.

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