Ayurveda & Yoga

Ayurveda & Yoga

Are you a yoga follower ?

If you are a Yoga follower it will be very interesting for you to know that Ayurveda and Yoga are two sides of the same coin.

Ayurveda and Yoga both share same goal of finding one’s own self. Yoga is to unite with the universal soul or to connect with your own self. And Ayurveda is all about knowing the life, the connection between one’s inner self and the universe.

Yoga and Ayurveda both find their roots in Vedas. They both accept same Sankhya philosophy to understand how this world was made. Along with Sankhya they also accept some principles of Vaisheshik and other darshanas.

They both accept theory of five elements.

They both understand that human existence is body, mind and soul as a one unit. Not only that but they study the inter-relation between body (Sharir), mind (Manas) and soul (Atman) and try to balance it.

Both sciences understand the effect of wear and tear on the body. They both describe importance of periodic detoxification and cleaning. Ayurveda has Panchkarma while Yoga has its own Dhautikriyas like JalaDhauti, Shankhaprakshalan, Ganesh kriya, etc.

Ayurveda accepts Yoga postures (Yogasana), breathing techniques (Pranayama) and meditation (Dhyana, Dharana) as supportive treatments.

Yoga accepts preventive medicine from Ayurveda with rules and principles of healthy living, daily regimen, seasonal regime, etc. Yoga accepts fasting methods described in Ayurveda. Vegetarian diet,use of herbs and natural medicines for common diseases is also part of Yogi Lifestyle.

Yama and Niyama ,the essential rules for good personal and social conduct are base of Yoga and very similarly Ayurveda calls social and personal good conduct to be the best Rasayan ( Rejuvenation).

The core of balancing the body, mind to reach up to the soul is same for Ayurveda and Yoga. Also the ultimate goal of “Moksha – the complete liberation” is same for both.

In ancient days Ayurveda was designed for people living in societies in urban areas. It focuses on healthy diet and life style and use of natural medicines in case of disease.

Originally in ancient times Yoga was meant for spiritually oriented people away from society and living with less food, less water, minimalistic, strict and celibate lifestyles.

But beyond this difference Ayurveda and Yoga also share lots of things in common.

All in all even if one approaches life from two different angles Yoga and Ayurveda are two non-separable sides of the same coin.

I follow Yoga, is Ayurveda for me?

One who follows Yoga is already very close to Ayurveda. Probably you keep healthy lifestyle, use clean food, avoid chemicals when possible and believe in the power of nature then Ayurveda is the next step for you. Time tested knowledge of Ayurveda can guide you further to elevate your health to the next vital level.

Knowing about your body type and mind type you will understand the needs of your bodily care more specifically. Ayurvedic care can make the body more flexible and suitable for yoga practice.

You can get guidance for specific style of yoga. Is Yin good for you or Vinyasa? OR better you focus on Ashtanga for now?? Ayurveda can definitely guide you on that. With help of your expert Ayurveda consultant you will be able to choose asana practice, breathing exercises and pranayama suitable for your condition in that point in time.

e.g. specific asanas could help you to improve the thyroid function, or some Pranayama practice will help to solve your chronic constipation issue.

And you don’t need to be sick to have Ayurveda consultation. Ayurveda can always help you to optimize health to improve yoga and meditation practice, in finding body-mind-soul balance and finally move further on the spiritual path.

For Yoga community, Ayurveda is like coming home. This makes it easier for them to understand and follow Ayurveda more effectively compared with other people.