Ayurveda and Yoga are the sister science originated from the same Vedic tree. They complete, complement and improve each other. Having an understanding of Ayurveda helps you to decide what kind of yoga practice suits the practitioner’s body as different people require different yoga practices. Since Yoga and Ayurveda have their root in Indian Vedic science hence both strive to achieve more health and strength for the practitioner. The word Yoga comes into existence in Yajur Veda, and Ayurveda was first mentioned in Atharva Veda and Rig Veda. Both Ayurveda and Yoga are based on the concept of Panchmahabhutas (air, water, earth, space, and fire) and Trigunas (satva, tamas, and rajas). Both disciplines have an understanding of how our body functions and how food and medicines we take affects our bodies.
The similarity between Yoga and Ayurveda
When it comes to treatment, both Ayurveda and Yoga favor the regular practice of Yoga with the optimal usage of herbs, detoxification procedures, mantra chanting, and food for the physical and mental wellbeing. While in Yoga, that process of detoxification is known as Shatkriya; in Ayurveda, the practice of detoxification is known as panchakarma detox. Both disciplines, Ayurveda and Yoga, acknowledge the fact that keeping your body healthy is necessary if you want to perform your aims of the life to the fullest that is dharma( duty), kama( desire), Artha( wealth) and moksha (liberation).
When we speak about Ayurveda, it is all about health and soundness of mind and body, and while Yoga is all about self-realization (not just about getting that willowy body). Hence having a hale and hearty body and mind is necessary for that. So when you combine both of these disciplines together, you enhance the whole spectrum of your mind and body.
In various ayurvedic scriptures like Charak Samhita, it is mentioned that Yoga is necessary to flux that physical aggravation (stress) from your body and to soothe your mind before the practice of meditation. Yoga is said to be the fundamental aspect of the ayurvedic rituals known as Dincharya. It is one of the best ayurvedic exercise routines that reinvigorate your mind, body, improve your digestion, and rejuvenate your mind by getting rid of any stress accumulated in the body.
In ancient times yoga was only taught to the students when they learned the essence of the Ayurveda as only after the achievement of physical health; one can aim for mental wellbeing. This way, a yoga practitioner will gain a lot of advantage by following a regular ayurvedic Dincharya. The impeccable knowledge of ayurvedic science helps the practitioner in many ways. For instance, the practice of abhyanga, an ayurvedic body massage, is proven to melt away the toxin of the body and calm your nerves, which is essential for your yoga practice.
Combining both the disciple- Ayurveda and Yoga
When we talk about Ayurveda and Yoga, both are connected to each other intimately. When explored together both disciplines present us a very powerful tool that nurture robust health and vitality. Ayurveda is like a more personalized health philosophy, as according to Ayurveda, every human being has its own unique constitution. This constitution is known as doshas, and these are Vata (air and ether), Kapha (earth and water) and pitta(water and fire).
For determining what kind of Yoga practice is perfect for you, it is imperative to know your doshas and to balance them so that one can attain their fullest vitality. Here is your dosha specific yogic guide
The element of Vata is air and ether. Hence the people with the dominant Vata are very creative, enthusiastic, light, quick-witted, and very open to new experiences. They are very active personalities who love to move.
The imbalance sign for Vata dosha is anxiety, insomnia, and dryness.
For balancing Vata dosha, it is necessary to practice those asanas that are calm, slow, and grounding in nature like Mountain pose, Spinal twist, and Uttanasana. Also, practicing balasana, Virasana, and savasana will help in sedating the troubled nature of Vata.
The element of pitta is water and fire that makes them very pragmatic, focused, passionate, enthusiastic, and courageous. They are very precise and outspoken, with a very strong appetite and high digestive fire.
When imbalanced pitta people tend to become more aggressive, competitive and get inflammation easily
Yoga poses for pitta imbalance: It is necessary to practice some relaxing and cooling yoga posture to release tension in the body. Yoga poses like Bow pose, camel pose, cobra pose are highly beneficial for pitta balance.
Comprises of element earth and water, the people with dominant Kapha tend to be very consistent, stable, patient, devoted, and strong-willed.
The imbalance sign for Kapha is procrastination, congestion, dullness, and tend to get depressed easily.
Yoga poses to balance Kapha:
For balancing Kapha dosha, it is imperative to practice some stimulating yoga movements like sun salutations, camel pose, downward dog pose, and vigorous breathing practices like kapalbhati will help them to foster that focus, enthusiasm, and heat.
To foster comprehensive health and vitality, incorporating Ayurveda and Yoga together in the lifestyle is necessary. The amalgamation of these two disciplines will help to attain that healthy and youthful vitality for the longest time.