The Connection Between Ayurveda & Yoga
While many have heard of and practice Yoga, few have heard of Ayurveda and an Ayurvedic inspired way of life.
The path of yoga seeks to unite body, mind, and spirit through meditation, breathing and behaviour. Yoga is about training the body and mind to become aware of it’s own nature and surroundings.
Ayurveda is based on the belief that health is maintained through a balance of body, mind and consciousness. This can be accomplished through diet, exercise, yoga, herbs, sustainable living, and cleansing.
For these reasons Ayurveda is considered the sister science of yoga, both supporting and guiding each other in order to create a deeper self-understanding as well as physical, mental and emotional harmony
The ultimate goal of both yoga and Ayurveda is to help you in becoming a healthier and balanced version of yourself. You are healthy when your mind, body and soul are in unison and you are in perfect harmony with your environment and the practice of yoga and Ayurveda can help you to attain that.
With many people switching to a healthier lifestyle, many look to Yoga and feel overwhelmed. Starting out with Yoga can be somewhat intimidating in the beginning, but when you break it down, Yoga is is quite easy to begin with and surprisingly easier and forgiving when you make it a regular routine.
You don’t need to do yoga because you feel you should, or attempt to take on a Yoga class that really isn’t for you. You should always be able to find a Yoga class or style that is for suited for you no mater how you feel on a particular day. But this journey takes a lot of practice and guidance but it is a worthwhile trip in becoming a better healthier person.
Discovering and developing a personalized yoga practice that works for you can be rewarding on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. As you learn to listen and understand your body and your own nature, you can begin to create a path of healing and well-being that will not only be fun for you, but beneficial for the rest of your life!
In incorporating Yoga into an Ayurvedic lifestyle, look to practice the style of Yoga that will give your Dosha the greatest opportunity to move back toward balance.