Yoga and Ayurveda
A complete discipline for well-being
Ayurveda deals with the Vedic knowledge relating to good health and the preservation of life. While yoga is a holistic path by itself, Yoga and Ayurveda together are a complete discipline for an ideal holistic lifestyle.
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is an ancient system of health maintenance. It conceives that every manifest thing is made up of a combination of five elements: earth, water, fire, air, and ether (space). Human beings also possess these elements in a unique, individual combination that governs their psychological, physical and physiological makeup.
A disease is considered to be merely an imbalance of these elements and healing occurs when toxins are purged and balance is restored. A significant part of Ayurveda is dedicated to health maintenance through personalised diet, lifestyle regimens, Yoga practice and the use of natural products. These may include herbs, minerals and some animal products – in Ayurveda, everything has healing potential. It even acknowledges the subtle healing energy of supporting and encouraging words and positive thinking. Meanwhile, Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy is often prescribed as a medicine.
Yoga and Ayurveda emerged side by side during the same period. They share a similar perspective about cosmic manifestation based on Sage Kapila’s Samkhya philosophy, which arose from the timeless Vedas. In Sanskrit, Ayu means life and Veda means knowledge, therefore Ayurveda is the Science of Life. It dates back to 3000 BC and this ancient Indian system of disease prevention and natural healing is still applicable today. Ayurveda is both a primary health care system and it can be combined with other alternative therapies and modern medicine.
Knowing your dosha is one more step towards adjusting your Yoga practice, lifestyle and diet according to your own unique makeup. In Ayurveda, the Sanskrit word dosha actually means fault or disease-causing factor. Therefore, if we are of a particular constitutional type, known as Prakruti, it means that we are more susceptible to physical disturbances in aspects ruled by that dosha. Vikriti, on the other hand, refers to the state of an aggravated dosha (imbalance) which is considered to be the root of disease. An interview and observation by an Ayurvedic specialist will determine your dosha Prakruti and vikriti:
- Kapha dosha is predominated by Earth and Water
- Pitta dosha is predominated by Fire
- Vata dosha is predominated by Air and Ether
Yoga and Ayurveda
The link between Yoga and Ayurveda is Prana – the life force energy. In Ayurveda, it is the power of healing and in Yoga, it is the force of life seeking its greatest potential. Together, Yoga and Ayurveda help us achieve greater harmony within ourselves and with our environment.
Yoga adopts the Ayurvedic dosha principle to guide the style, energy and poses in a Yoga practice. It also adopts its lifestyle regimens and diet to maintain a healthy body and mind. Meanwhile, Ayurveda perceives Yoga as a healing tool. This is because Yoga restores balance and a sense of well-being is essential for physical health and longevity. Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy further recognises the specific physical benefits of various yoga poses as an essential aspect of Ayurvedic healing and health maintenance.
Yoga and Ayurveda at the Lotus Room
At the Lotus Room, we recognise the unique makeup of each individual and offer advice regarding Yoga for your type. Contact us for more information about Ayurvedic principles and detox. Meanwhile, learn more about the benefits of yoga and living the yoga life.