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Etymology/ Definitionवाग्देहमनोनिर्वर्तितश्चष्टाविशेषो व्यायामव्यवायजागरणअध्ययनगीतभाषणध्यानधारणादिरूप:। अ.हृ. नि.१/६ अरुणदत्त
ReferenceC.Ni.1/41, Chakrapaan`i, A.H.Ni.1/6 Arun`adatta
Literary MeaningM / W – wandering, roaming
Implied MeaningIt is the lifestyle correlated with healthy or diseased state of a person or a patient respectively.
ElaborationIt has twofold meaning:
1. Appropriate lifestyle that helps in avoiding diseases or maintaining a healthy state.
2. Unwholesome lifestyle that develops proneness to diseases.
Arun adatta defines lifestyle in a comprehensive manner. It encompasses an individual’s all the actions that are verbal, mental or physical. It comprises physical exercise, Vyavaaya ( sexual intercourse ), Jaagaran`a ( keeping awake at night ), Adhyayana ( studying ), Geeta ( singing ), Bhaashan ( conversation ), Dhyaana ( meditation, preoccupation ), Dhaaran`a ( retention, focussing one’s mind ), etc.
D`alhan`a describes four types of lifestyles:
1. Gamana – ambulation or sexual intercourse ( with a woman )
2. Chankraman`a – wandering from one place to another
3. Sthaana – maintaining erect body posture for a long time
4. Aasana – maintaining a particular sitting posture for a long time

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