The Intersection of Ayurveda and Yoga – Ayurvedic Asana
Ayurveda and Yoga have long been known as the “Sister Sciences” to those who have taken an interest in diving into these ancient eastern philosophies. Both investigate the link between the body/mind connection and offer techniques to improve overall health and wellbeing.
Yoga in the early tradition was not intended to be a “group” sport or practice. In contrast, instructions were individually tailored by a teacher to a student according to their overall state of health and balance of Ayurvedic dosha (natural born constitution.) If for instance a student had more of a fiery nature (pitta dosha), the teacher would design a cooling yoga practice. Or, if a student fell into a mild depression (a kapha dosha imbalance) the teacher would design an uplifting practice for the student. It can be empowering and inspiring to give yourself permission to tailor even a group practice to fit your individual needs for the day.
Yoga asana (postures) were originally intended to keep the body fit and healthy enough to be able to sit in a meditative pose (asana means seat or posture) without discomfort or pain. Which is why so many people find yoga classes helpful for chronic low back pain, for instance.
Attending a group yoga class can be a fabulous way to include some important social engagement opportunities and create a supportive opportunity to explore new movement, strengthening, and flexibility options to your individual healthy habits routine.
~Tonia Mayerle, Ayurveda Health Counselor and Yoga Instructor