Modernization and fast life are attracting the world to city
life. Currently more than half of the world population is living
in modern, relaxed environment but away from nature and are
constantly exposed to stress. As a result of these stressful situations
in modern society, relaxing effects of nature are receiving positive
attention. Lack of open areas in city and cramped space in high
rising apartments are restraining.
Recent research has demonstrated that natural environment
plays an integral role in health promotion, and there is a positive
relationship between nature-derived stimuli and human health.
Ayurveda has mentioned 3 types of mental temperaments
a) Doshas of mind-Satvika,
Each of this has a distinct character of its own. Tamas is state of
inertia, rajas denote activity and sattava-a transactive state of mind.
Further, Tamas is a mood of lethargy, indolence, indifference,
indisposed to activity. Also, a condition of sloth and sleep with no
intellectual conviction to pursue, nor emotional feeling to manifest.
A person steeped in tamas lives a dull, inactive life, with minimum
responsiveness to the world. Rajas is a state of passion, desirous to
achieve and agitated. In other words, a state where an individual
bristle with frenzied actions leading to his involvement in affairs of
the world. Sattva is a state of thoughts in equinity, serenity of mind
and objectivity in actions. In simpler words when a person is poised
but mature, contemplative and detached from worldly involvement
and excitement. Sattva, rajas and tamas composed in different
properties, account for heterogenous variety of human beings. In
toto every individual possesses all three unas/temperaments but,
they change from time to time and place to place.
At Kayakalp we envisioned to bring health seekers closer to
nature to enhance their satvika temperament. To effect this change,
gardens full of flowers are developed across the facility. When health
seekers visualise flowers, it decreases oxy-haemoglobin (oxy-Hb)
concentrations in the prefrontal cortex; enhances parasympathetic
nervous activity, which is otherwise increased in relaxed state and
suppresses sympathetic nervous activity, that is usually found
increased in aroused or stressed state. It also decreases pulse rate
and reduces blood pressure, lowers down pain ratings, anxiety
and fatigue. Thus, when we are exposed to natural environment,
our body reverts to how it should be, and we can name this
treatment as “Nature therapy-a set of practice aimed at achieving
preventive medical effects”. It is achieved through exposure to
natural stimuli rendering a state of physiological relaxation and
boosts the immune functions to prevent diseases. This therapy is
now increasingly recognized as an effective relaxation and stress
management tool and has the potential to be more widely adopted
as a complementary therapy in the future.