For this article we used the experience of Rossella di @io_sono_ross , our Ayurveda expert.
What is the connection between yoga and ayurveda?
They would seem to be two very distinct areas, but those who have gone beyond the culture of asanas in yoga will have already heard of Ayurveda. The ancient traditional Indian medicine which has been around for a couple of years recognized and integrated into the western health system.
From Sanskrit Ayurveda it means "longevity science"Precisely because his theories are aimed at preventing the well-being of the individual. In fact, if yoga has as its primary objective the achievement of spiritual elevation through asanas, the pranayama and the meditation, Ayurveda cultivates the physical envelope in which we ourselves live on a physiological level. Because by healing body and mind we can reach spiritual and mental elevation.
How does Ayurveda work?
Through Ayurveda we can learn to listen to what our body asks of us, following the rules of nature, seasonality, the elements contained in nutrients and what is most suitable for our constitution.
There are multiple theories behind this traditional medicine, which relies on the natural cures of herbs and essential oils.
But his treatments begin in the morning, with particular attention to circadian cycles of sleep that vary according to the subject, with the main purpose of going to build a real routine for the yogi and for the yogini with the use of some tools, such as the clear language, the neti lota (nasal washes) and coconut oil for rinses.
All this changes, as we have said, from person to person, paying attention to a very precise classification that is the basis of Ayurvedic theories, namely the existence of dosha.
Underlying his theories is the idea that we are made from natural elements, in different percentages, these elements then unite in three different defined constitutions dosha, we therefore have:
- Vata (air + ether)
- Pitta (fire + water)
- Kapha (land + water)
These three dosha they are manifested in our body in different quantities, based on age, external influences, personal development and the type of life that one follows.
They are subject to change also according to the seasons, in fact in winter it tends to increase Vata, in summer Pitta and in spring Kapha.
By learning to recognize our constitution we can adapt our routine and diet.
How does this relate to yoga?
Once we understand our main constitution we can convert our practice to the fullest.
- type personalities Vata, they may prefer sweet practices and slow with meditations that help them to maintain high concentration such as candle meditation (Trataka).
- For the Pitta subjects are recommended refreshing practices and relaxing with very introspective meditations that help reduce impulsiveness in excess of fire, being that they are very lively and warm subjects.
- For Kapha subjects are recommended more dynamic practices which generate warmth and joy, accompanied by sung meditations, this is because they are very slow, relaxed subjects and not very eager to move.
The author of the article is Rossella di @io_sono_ross on its page you can learn more about the Ayurvedic world