Episode: 82

Marma Nadi: A Bridge Between Ayurveda and Yoga

Yoga, as a way of life, affects positive change in our day-to-day experiences.  It helps us find peace in the middle of a fast-paced environment and improves our physical state just as well. Do you notice how the flow of prana in your body changes when you meditate or do asana? A lot of yoga practitioners also claim to have gotten rid of ailments or weaknesses in their bodies since they started doing yoga. But how exactly does it work? In today's episode, we are going to talk about the meaning of Marma Nadi and how it connects Ayurveda to yoga.

We are very fortunate to have Vaidya Ismat Nathani to enlighten us regarding Marma Nadi and the connection between Ayurveda and yoga. Vaidya is the founder of the Center of Ayurveda and Indian Systems of Healing in Canada. She's very passionate about bringing the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda to western communities. In today's episode, she explains how the nadis in our bodywork, the different kinds of Marma therapies, and how important they are in understanding Ayurveda and yoga. There's a lot to learn from our special guest today, so relax and enjoy as you listen to our episode today.

Marma Nadi Episode Highlights:

  • How and where do yoga and Ayurveda connect?
  • Vaidya talks about how her Ayurveda journey began
  • Why some branches of yoga and Ayurveda are not mainstream
  • What are nadis and are they significant to Ayurveda?
  • Is the number of nadis significant?
  • How the nadis are activated and maintained
  • The meaning of Marma
  • Vaidya gives more asana examples
  • How to improve one's health thru Marma Chikitsa
  • What are common issues that someone would go to Marma Chikitsa for?
  • Are Marma therapies dosha-dependent?
  • Vaidya's advice to those who want to learn about Ayurveda

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Vaidya Ismat Nathi

Ismat’s professional background is in natural health care, with a specialty in traditional Indian medicine. With over two decades of experience, she has spearheaded CAISH, carefully guiding its growth since its inception in 2002. Ismat focuses on melding ancient wisdom with current concepts of health and wellbeing. From this frame of reference, she develops educational programs, materials and teaching tools. Currently, Ismat is working toward accreditation affiliations, and the standardization of Ayurveda and Indian Systems of Healing programs in Canada.


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