According to Ayurveda, protecting the body is essential. If you do not take care of yourself, how can you take care of others? If you are healthy, you can give support to whoever needs it.
Ayurveda talks about not controlling the natural urges, things such as:

• Burping or belching
• Yawning
• Passing gas
• Feeling thirsty
• Feeling hungry
• Sneezing
• Going to the toilet – passing urine and stool
• Suppressing sleep

The suppression of these natural urges affects the internal organs and may lead to many health problems. There are so many people who control these urges because they feel lazy, or due to their professional environment; they ignore the signals of their body. Individuals who control the natural urges suffer from long-term diseases.

The suppression of sneeze causes stiffness in the neck muscles, headaches, weakens the sense organs and affects the internal organs.

If you don’t drink enough water when you feel thirsty, this will cause dryness of the throat, hearing problems, fatigue, dehydration, and headaches.

If you suppress gas, it will go back into your body and cause dryness in the joints, skin, eyes, and also, it will cause headaches.

If you don’t sleep enough, this will cause body ache, nervousness, the sensation of heaviness in the eyes, and forgetfulness.

If you do not burp or belch, you can experience tremors, joint problems, and hiccups.

Suppressing yawn causes numbness, mental agitation, and dryness in the muscles.

Controlling the natural urges gives rise to negative emotions such as fear, worry, agitation, anger, greed and depression. Ultimately, it will become a chronic disease. Ayurveda teaches that body and mind are not separate. Taking care of the natural urges, diet, lifestyle and emotions, gives you a complete state of health, because all things are connected to each other.

Gagori Mitra – November 2016