Ayurveda and the Mind- An Overview

Modern  Ayurveda in India,  with its joint Ayurveda-allopathic training, has reduced both the yogic and  psychological components of traditional Ayurveda. Western   Ayurveda, with its yogic and naturalistic background, as well as  its application in the western context of psychological unhappiness, has a  greater interest and need for this psychological aspect of Ayurveda. A revival  of Ayurvedic psychological is an important consideration, if not prime trend,  for the new global Ayurveda.

Yet  whether it is the application of diet, herbs, massage, Pancha Karma, life-style  changes, mantra or meditation, the psychological component of Ayurveda is  always important and should be thoroughly grasped by the serious student.  Ayurvedic psychology can also be a good field of specialization as well.
I  would also like to direct the reader to the works of British/German  psychologist Reinhard Kowalski who has done much work in this area, as in his  book ‘The Only Way Out is in’. He is a good example of a psychologist, in his  case working in the British Health Care System, who has been able to integrate  Ayurveda into his practice.

The author Dr David  Frawley (Pt Vamadeva Shastri) is an accomplished and highly respected scholar  on Indic studies. He is the founder of The American Institute of Vedic Studies.  To know more about his work visit www.vedanet.com.  This article was first published in 2007 in www.loaj.com.
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