It is exciting to witness how times are changing and our perspective continues to evolve. Today we are becoming more conscious on the impact we make on the Planet Earth and how it affects our well-being.
I cannot help but wonder why if our ancestors had the answers to co-existing with nature to bring harmony, balance and wellness, yet it is taking us this long to re-discover this information.
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that many have heard about yoga and other mind and body practices as a way to restore the inner/outer balance we all seek, but how many have heard about Ayurveda?
Did you know that Yoga and Ayurveda go hand and hand?
Ayurveda can be translated as the “Science of Life” originated in India over 5000 years ago. Many describe Ayurveda as “The Mother of All Healing”.
Originally, Ayurveda was taught and passed down orally to their disciples. It was not until few thousands years ago that some of the teachings of Ayurveda were put into print.
Just to get a perspective on how these ancient teachings have impacted our Holistic approaches today, we can say that therapies like homeopathy and Polarity have their roots in Ayurveda.
The main difference between Ayurveda and the Western Medicine is that Ayurveda seeks to prevent illnesses or imbalances. Ayurveda focus is to maintain a balanced and healthy lifestyle through yoga, diet, awareness of our habits and thoughts, and use of natural remedies.
Ayurveda states that each individual has a unique constitution or specific combination of basic energies called Doshas. The three Doshas are: Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Each dosha has general mental, emotional and physical characteristics that influence each individual differently depending on your unique combination that forms your constitution.
This emotional, physical and mental combination can be disturbed and become unbalanced by diet, emotional or physical stress, bad choices, season, weather, etc.
How can you restore your inner balance and improve your health? Well the answer lies on your original constitution determined at the time of conception (Pakriti) and knowing your tendencies to imbalance (Vikriti).
The best way to know your unique Dosha combination is to see an Ayurvedic practitioner to help you. If you cannot find one and you would like to have a general idea, you could take few Ayurvedic tests online. I can honestly tell you that you should take several of them and average the results out but keep in mind the results may not be 100% accurate.
Thankfully, Ayurveda is becoming more mainstream and many yoga teachers are now studying Ayurvedic principles and are including some of those practices in their lives and recommending it to their students.
I have been including many Ayurveda practices in my daily routine for years now, and after my intensive AyurYoga training at the Ayurveda Institute; I have a better understanding on how Yoga and Ayurveda can help me and I can help others make positive changes in their lives.
If you are interested on learning more about this amazing practice, I would recommend reading “Ayurveda – The Science of Self Healing”. This is one of my favorite books written by one of my teachers Dr Lad. You can also contact your local Ayurveda practitioner or search for Yoga teachers that have some type of Ayurveda training to help you combine this two amazing practices.
This article has been featured in Elephant Journal.com
Love and Peace,