Yoga Day: 21st June 2016 | Combining Ayurveda & Yoga: A Deeper, Richer Experience

Yoga and Ayurveda are two ‘sister’ practices that originated in India thousands of years ago. Both encompass an understanding of how the body works and the effect that food and medicines have on the body.

Ayurveda has been described as the science, whilst yoga the practice of that science, and both originate as part of a greater system of Vedic knowledge.

The two have a common understanding of health of the body being dependent on the health and balance of the mind. Explored together, these complementary practices can offer transformative tools that foster greater health and vitality.

Ayurveda is a personalised, intuitive health philosophy. According to Ayurvedic principles, each of us has a unique constitution governed by our physical and emotional makeup as well as our lifestyle – from the foods we eat to the time we go to sleep. Such constitutions are called doshas and are linked to the elements – Vata (air and ether), Pitta (fire and water) and Kapha (earth and water).

Knowing your doshas and how to balance them can help customise yoga practice for optimum results.

Vata equates with mental quickness, enjoyment of movement, and creativity. Signs of imbalance are insomnia, anxiety, and dryness. For Vata imbalance, slow, steady, grounding postures are recommended, as well as deep, calm breathing to cultivate stillness, nurture and self-care.

The qualities of the pitta are passion, enthusiasm, and courage. However, anger, competitiveness, and inflammation are signs of imbalance. Yoga practice recommends cooling, relaxing postures to release heat and tension and encourage compassion, patience and the ability to slow down.

Those with a Kapha constitution tend to be consistent, devoted, stable and strong. Signs of Kapha imbalance can include procrastination, dullness and congestion, so stimulating movement and vigorous breathing exercises can help foster enthusiasm, heat and improve focus.

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In terms of doshas, Vata is the principle force of motion in the body and mind and is considered the leader of the three Ayurvedic Principles in the body.

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