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How Ayurveda and Yoga Combine to Bring Balance

Posted by Mihir Garud on Jan 8, 2015 11:49:48 AM

Yoga & Ayurveda: Sister Sciences in Harmony

Ayurveda is a holistic medical system dating over 5,000 years, and can be traced to the region known as the Indus Valley.  Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word that can be translated as “Knowledge of Life.” The Rg-Veda, the oldest recorded document from the Aryan civilization, contains abundant references to plants and herbal medicines. Today, Ayurveda includes methods of healing that focus on diet, herbs, yogic practices and lifestyle regimens. Ayurveda takes into account an individual’s specific constitution (dosha type) to provide insight to create a way of life in harmony both with the physical world and our higher Self.

Two Aligned Goals

The sister sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda are rooted in the Vedic tradition and have developed together, repeatedly influencing each other throughout history. While yoga is concerned with spiritual practices leading to Self-realization, Ayurveda is primarily a science of Self-healing aimed at  preserving and restoring health of body and mind.  Where Yoga shows us how to realize the Self, Ayurveda shows us how to live in such a way that our physical and mental actions do not deviate from it.  

The science of Ayurveda teaches us that most psychological problems, physical diseases, and emotional disorders are rooted in us living out of harmony with nature. When we live out of balance, we develop symptoms or disease.  Ayurveda works to promote our natural healing ability to regenerate the physical body.

Additionally, Ayurveda enables us to individually personalize yoga practices by use of specific therapies to reduce doshic excesses. Dosha-specific asanas and pranayamas can help bring the body to equilibrium. These dosha-balancing therapies include herbs, asanas, pranayama, mudras, meditation, panchakarma, and lifestyle management. Panchakarma is the most comprehensive of Ayurvedic treatments and helps in cleansing and rejuvenating the body and mind. Panchakarma therapies purify the body of toxins, bringing balance and improving bodily function. 

Cultivating a state of balance through Ayurveda’s lifestyle regimen is the first step in moving toward a state of balance. The link between Yoga and Ayurveda has been there since the beginning. It is beneficial for us to learn how to use these sister sciences together in order to live in harmony with the inner and outer worlds. Special thanks to David Frawley for his "Yoga & Ayurveda" which is a great resource in this field.

Want to support your yoga practice and health by learning more about your constitution? You could start with this article "Know Thyself by Knowing Thy Type" or an Ayurvedic consultation.

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Topics: Ayurveda, yoga, history of Ayurveda

Preventive Health through Ayurveda...and Exercise

Posted by Andrew Keaveney on Dec 2, 2014 11:37:00 AM


Ayurveda as Preventive Health

On a chill Novemebr day, a flash of understanding occurred when I understood that Ayurveda was as much about lifestyle as about healing treatments and herbal supplements.

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Topics: Ayurveda, dinacharya, cleanse, exercise

Find Better Rest and Sounder Sleep with Ayurveda

Posted by Andrew Keaveney on Oct 13, 2014 5:20:00 PM


Do You Want More Rest? 

Have you ever wondered how to get better rest, faster? Perhaps googled the google for sleep hacks to maximize those few hours of sleep you get in? I have. so I asked Ayurveda expert Lokesh Raturi about how to get better rest from an Ayurveda perspective - an Ayurveda life hack, if you will. His comments show Ayurveda’s characteristic view that gives different solutions for each body types and offer some great tips for everyone. Read on for more.

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Topics: Ayurveda, wellness, diet, Detox,, lifestyle, cleanse

Ayurveda for Healthy Weight Loss, Part 2

Posted by Lokesh Raturi on Oct 4, 2014 6:40:00 PM


Weight Loss Tips with Ayurveda

In our last article, we looked at key causes of weight gain and what constitutions persistently grapple with weight issues. Now, I’d like to share a few Ayurvedic tips for weight management and weight loss. Read on for more.

As an aside, I’d like to wish a happy Navratri to all. Navratri is a fall festival, and on the final day, we share the wish that “May peace be with you, may contentment be with you and may prosperity be with you” with everyone, and with you and all our readers!

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Topics: Ayurveda, balance, vata, kapha, cleanse, weight loss

Ayurveda for Healthy Weight Loss, Part 1

Posted by Lokesh Raturi on Sep 29, 2014 12:07:00 PM


INTRODUCTION:

Many people want to lose weight, but often we start an exercise routine (which in itself is great!) without fully considering the factors that cause obesity. In this first installment we'll look beyond standard explanations to analyze from an Ayurvedic understanding what causes weight gain and obesity. In turn, this will help us understand the process of healthy weight loss.

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Topics: Ayurveda, diet, balance, Detox,, cleanse, weight loss

Five Amazing Benefits of Ayurveda Panchakarma

Posted by Staff on Sep 12, 2014 6:52:07 PM

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Topics: Ayurveda, Panchakarma,

From Vata Imbalance to Vata In Balance

Posted by Lokesh Raturi on Sep 2, 2014 10:33:00 PM


VATA IN BALANCE:

In our last post, we looked at signs of vata imbalance. Now, I'd like to introduce some practical tips for how to keep vata in balance when it gets out of whack. 

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Topics: Ayurveda, balance, vata, constitution,

Recognize the Signs of Vata Imbalance

Posted by Lokesh Raturi on Aug 30, 2014 4:06:58 PM


VATA: THE MOVER AND SHAKER

In the last post we looked briefly at the three main constitutional types in Ayurveda. Here, I'll go into more depth about vata, the mover and shaker of the three constitutions.

This information will be especially useful for readers who:

  1. have a vata constitution
  2. have a hectic lifestyle
  3. have a vata imbalance OR
  4. live in a climate that is struck hard by vata weather conditions, in cold, dry climates, or as generally felt in late summer and fall.

Principally associated with the air and space elements, Vata is the main force which controls everything in the body.

In Sanskrit, it is said:

"Just as a cloud cannot move without the help of the wind, 

pitta and kapha cannot move without the aid of vata."

When vata is balanced, everything is fine. When vata is out of balance, this can lead to problems in the body, including pitta and kapha imbalances also. 

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Topics: Ayurveda, balance, vata, prakriti,, vikruti

Know Thy Self by Knowing Your Type in Ayurveda

Posted by Lokesh Raturi on Aug 4, 2014 12:12:35 PM


KNOW YOUR TYPE:

Constitution, or your Ayuurvedic type, is at the heart of Ayurveda's approach to well-being. Knowing your constitution allows you to maximize your quality of life, health and happiness by following the recommendations for food and lifestyle for each constitution.

While Ayurvedic pulse diagnosis with an expert is the best way to recognize one's constitution, I've spoken about the general charateristics of each body type to help familiarize reaers with general tendencies. So read on to acquaint yourself with the main constitutions and the self-discovery that is the joy of Ayurveda,

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Topics: Ayurveda, pitta, lifestyle, vata, kapha, prakriti,, constitution,, dosha,

Panchakarma Compared: Deep Cleansing for Your Tissues

Posted by Neha Saxena on Jul 26, 2014 6:00:00 PM


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Topics: Ayurveda, wellness, Detox,, Panchakarma,, lifestyle, seasons