Why is Ayurveda useful (and necessary) for yoga practitioners?
- Long-time practitioners know that yoga is not just physical — it creates balance in mind, emotions and consciousness. Many know that yoga shares the same origin and goal as Ayurveda, the traditional Vedic system of health care, which is attaining union with the Self.
- Yoga is important for dissolving physical stress and calming the mind; it rejuvenates the body, improves digestion, and is central to the Ayurvedic routine. Yoga also balances all three doshas; with its postures toning every area of the body, and cleansing the internal organs of toxins, which is one of the goals of Ayurveda.
- At the same time, yoga practitioners can benefit from the Ayurvedic daily routine as part of their yoga practice. For instance, Ayurvedic self-massage helps remove toxins from the body and relaxes the muscles.
- If someone is attending a yoga class on a regular basis, he or she is starting to depose ama (digestive impurities/toxins) in the body. If they are still maintaining a lifestyle and diet that creates ama, all they are really doing is moving their sludge around. The yoga practitioner needs to know how to detoxify through the dietary and lifestyle practices of Ayurveda.
- Without a foundation in Ayurvedic knowledge, yoga runs the risk of becoming just pure physical exercise. Yoga aims to cleanse the nadis, or channels, with different postures. But trying to do that without using the Ayurvedic principles for removing ama is like hopping on one leg. That’s why traditional yoga schools have always taught Ayurvedic principles as well as yoga asanas, because the two are so interdependent.
What will be covered in the course?
- This course aims to familiarize participants with the basic principles of Ayurveda – gunas, the five elements, and the three doshas – as well as clarify what Ayurvedic constitution means, what is behind it and how knowing our unique constitution can help us in stay balanced and healthy.
- Participants will get a chance to discover their own unique Ayurvedic constitution and receive some general recommendations for each of them, as well as learn more about this personalized approach that Ayurveda has had for many years.