Yoga and Ayurveda are two “sister” sciences that originated in India thousands of years ago. Most of us in the West now have practiced yoga or have heard about the practice of yoga. We have experienced firsthand– through posture, breathwork, and self-inquiry — its profound benefitsto our overall state of well-being. Ayurveda, on the other hand, has onlyin the last decade or so been brought into the sphere of yoga among Westerners.
Yoga means “union” in Sanskrit, and a simplified definition of Ayurveda would be that it’s the wisdom of life, or science of life. Explored together, these complementary practices offer us transformative tools that encourage greater health and vitality.
Integrating Ayurvedic principles into your yoga practice will only deepen and enrich your experience on the mat as well as off of the mat. Ayurveda is a personalized, intuitive health philosophy which is based off of Ayurvedic
According to these principles, each one of us possesses a unique constitution governed by our physical and emotional makeup, as well as our lifestyle — what foods we eat, when and how long we rest, etc. These constitutions are called doshas and they are linked to the elements.
Knowing your doshas and how to balance them can help us customize our yoga practice for optimal results! But more on doshas another day. 😉 Thanks for reading along!