First things first, I am no expert on Ayurveda but I am becoming more and more fascinated with it. After studying it in India as part of my yoga teacher training, I realised the power it could have and I wanted to share that with you.
I am trained in Quantum yoga which uses Ayurvedic assessment to develop a yoga practice which is personalised to each individual. In my training we took lectures and chatted for hours over this holistic methodology.
At the end of my trip in India I visited the local Ayurvedic doctor for a consultation. He was such a wise man and told me how I can bring the best out of myself…
Who doesn’t like hearing that?
An introduction to Ayurveda:
Ayu = life span
Veda = knowledge
Ayurveda is literally translated to ‘the knowledge of your life span’.
It is an ancient Indian science of life, and the traditional system of medicine in India.
This holistic approach is 1,700 years old (crazy, I know!!) however has only become popular in the western world due to a significant increase in interest in holistic health over the last few years.
Ayurveda and yoga originally had nothing to do with each other and have only been connected over the last forty years. A guy called Vincent Ladd wrote a book called “The Science of Healing” in 1986, speaking about Ayurveda and how it complements yoga.
The central idea of Ayurveda is that each sentient being is made up of bodily constitutions or ‘Doshas’ in varying distributions. Each person has all three Doshas and your Prakriti (personal doshic distribution) is determined at birth.
Ayurveda’s view of the world is that everything is made up of five elements: earth, water, fire, air and ether.
The Doshas (which are apart of all of us) are : Pitta (fire), Vatta (air) and Kapha (earth).
The Doshas operate to maintain harmony, so an imbalance in your Prakriti can lead to to illness in mind and body. It is believed that making a wrong lifestyle choices such as what we eat and how we live can cause this imbalance.
This is where I bring Ayruveda into my own personal yoga practice.
In knowing my Prakriti, I can listen to my body and and decide what I need to create balance and harmony. I find it useful to pay attention and become aware of exactly what state of mind, and physical state I am in. For example: not choosing to do a yoga sequence I am good at, but choosing a sequence which balances my personal Dosha.
The Ayurvedic approach to health is preventative, rather than curative.
Ayurveda educates people in how to prevent illness occurring and how an individual can forfill their health potential. It focuses on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual deep healing of the entire bodily system. Ayurveda puts the responsibility of health in to your own hands.
By knowing your Prakriti, you can then make better judgments on your lifestyle, with correct food and exercise.
In Ayurveda it is said that what you eat is the way to good health; food is medicine! It is super important that you eat the right food to ensure that you keep in balance with your body. Creating this awareness ensures you can become the best possible person you can be, physically, mentally and emotionally…
All of us want to know the secret behind that right?
I hope you liked this post, let me know down below if you want some more posts on Ayurveda. I find it fascinating but would love to know what you guys think.
Check out ‘The Science of Healing’ if you find any of this interesting, you can get it off Amazon here. Also Sebastian Poles ‘A Pukka Life: Finding your path to perfect health’ for lots of great information on Ayurveda here.