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Rasayana: How to Reverse the Aging Process with Ayurveda

By on June 25, 2016

Rejuvenation, or Rasayana in Sanskrit, is something that Ayurveda is famous for. It means “practical reversal of the aging process.” Rasayana is one of the eight specialized branches of the practice of Ayurveda. It deals with the maintenance of health. Rasa, meaning juice or fluid, is the vital fluid that we extract from the food we eat. It brings nourishment, it carries off toxins, it enhances our immunity. Rasa looks a lot like what modern physiology calls lymph and plasma.

Rasayana/Rejuvenation is the way to restore and maintain the fluids, the juiciness in our bodies.

It restores our health and vitality, and in that way, our youth. Rasayana therapy is any herb, food, or therapy that restores youth, or heals imbalance. If taken, or done in the right way, it will:

  • Keep you young and active
  • Restore youthfulness, both physically, as well as mentally

Rasayana therapy can be an ongoing practice in adopting an Ayurvedic lifestyle. This can include taking Rasayana herbal formulations that rejuvenate different organ systems, such as:

  • Chyavanprash
  • Brahmi
  • Triphala
  • Shilajit

Rasayana therapy can be going on retreat to receive special treatments with oils, herbs and foods. A dedicated time for healing and rejuvenating the body/mind.

By functioning according to nature’s clock we go with the flow of the universe.

We’re not swimming upstream by separating ourselves from the natural flow of waking and sleeping, sunlight and darkness. Ayurveda suggests a daily routine, dinacharya, and a seasonal routine, rutucharya, that follows this natural flow.

Ayurveda uses the simple laws of nature to balance the adverse effects of the passing of time and choices we make, understanding that:

  • Like increases like: Everything has an effect. Doing more or taking more of the same thing causes that effect to get stronger.
  • Opposites cure or balance: When something is in excess, the opposite of it, will bring down the excess. Will bring balance and rejuvenation.
  • Sometimes the principles of “like cures like” is used, where a therapeutic dose of the same is administered to speed up the body’s healing process. For example getting into a sauna when you are having a fever, can help the body purify the reason for the fever faster, by increasing the heat.

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Elements of a Rejuvenating Lifestyle:

  1. Oils to rejuvenate and protect tissues. Warm oil applied on the skin, in the nostrils, in the ears, in the mouth, in enemas, dissolves fat soluble toxins, nourishes the tissues and builds immunity. Due to its lubricating, warm and heavy nature, oils balance Vata, the energy of air that pervades everything. The membranes of all our cells are made of lipids, or fats, so using fats externally, as well as internally, rejuvenates us on a cellular level.
  2. Herbal therapy to balance the doshic tendencies, and to support and rejuvenate our organ systems.
  3. Diet to minimize toxic – ama – build-up, to keep the digestive fire – agni – strong, and to balance doshic tendencies.
  4. Thousands of years ago the therapies of panchakarma and kaya kalpa were designed for the kings and queens, who wanted to live forever and never be old. They were isolated from their regular lifestyles so that they could rest and meditate. They were given special foods and plant preparations. Hot oil and herbal treatments were administered. They were purified and detoxed and then given pure, nourishing, harmonizing and health-building foods to rejuvenate them on a deep cellular level.

Nowadays we can all be kings and queens, by going on a retreat, doing panchakarma, doing a rejuvenating cleanse, and by applying Ayurvedic lifestyle principles. An Ayurvedic lifestyle is a way of treating ourselves that maximizes our bodies’ self-healing capacities. Ayurveda teaches us to get out of our own way, and to learn to flow with the energies of nature. Regular rejuvenation/deep cellular detox is part of that lifestyle.

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About Simone de Winter

Simone de Winter is a Certified Ayurvedic Specialist, graduate from California College of Ayurveda, and has been practicing in Northern California for 13 years. She has specialized in digestive health, women's health, herbal formulas and panchakarma therapy. She runs a small panchakarma clinic, Marin Ayurveda, in Marin County California. She also teaches Ayurveda in Yoga (therapy) trainings and other settings. She has spent time in India studying with local doctors in their practices.

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