AYURVEDA - YOGA and MENTAL HEALTH Ayurveda says that the body mind and spirit are not only connected but interconnected and an imbalance in one will cause a disturbance in the other. The five elements are in subtle forms which affect the mind. The mind has qualities of purity, action and inertia described as the GUNAS. The Vedas have a comprehensive view of the functions of the mind which when understood allows us to control the mind which is described as the most difficult thing to do, if we don't it will control us. Diet and Lifestyle are just as important to mental health as they are to physical health. Sleep and proper digestion of thoughts and experiences are vital to maintain a balanced mind and if you don't use it, you lose it. Every problem is the effect of a cause and if we have the power to create a problem so do we have the power to correct it. The BEHAVIOURAL QUESTIONNAIRE on this page will help you to determine your own behavioural tendencies and the video on Prakriti will help you to evaluate the results.

What is the Mind?

An introduction to the complex nature of the mind.

Functions of the Mind

In order to control the mind so that it does not control us, it is important to understand the functions of the mind. More videos at According to Ayurveda & Yoga

Levels of the Mind - Senses & Manus

The Mind or "Manus" is the bridge between the outside world and the inner self with information coming in through the senses. It is through the senses that we connect to the five elements. More Information and videos at According to Ayurveda & Yoga mental health page

Levels of the Mind - Self Conscious & Conscious Mind - Lecture 11

The “Ego” gives us our identity, but can be a problem for us if we allow it to control us. The “Conscious Mind” is our intelligence and when directed inward brings love, peace and compassion. More videos on the mental health page, According to Ayurveda & Yoga

Levels of the Mind - Sub-Conscious: Impressions: Soul:

Memories are stored in the “Sub-Conscious Mind or Chitta”, impressions or “Samskaras” are made on the Chitta and the “Soul or JIVA “is the real SELF.

Subtle Energies of the Mind - Prana: Tejas: Ojas:

The subtle energies of Vata (Prana), Pitta (Tejas) and Kapha (Ojas) govern the positive aspects of health and vitality.

Determining Mental Prakriti (True Nature)

Lifetime behavioral tendencies can determine the combination of Vata Pitta and Kapha in the mind. The questionnaire on the Mental Health Page of According to Ayurveda & Yoga at will help you to determine your own mental true nature. It is important to watch this video to analyze the results of the questionnaire.

Vedic Psychology Part 1

Mental Health issues are the curse of modern day living and currently the only solution is medication which creates a lifetime of dependency and is not the solution to the problem. By understanding the philosophy of ayurveda we can apply this knowledge to our daily life and manage mental health without the use of medication. Part 1 explores the "Vedic View of the Mind" which is quite different from modern psychology. According to Ayurveda & Yoga -

Vedic Psychology Part 2 Ayurveda & Yoga Approach to Mental Health

I visualize a team approach to mental health consisting of mental health professionals, ayurveda & yoga professionals working together to manage the myriad of mental health issues that we face today in all ages, all walks of life and economic status. This way perhaps we can bring unity to our divided world.

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