Yoga and Ayurveda are the two sister practices or two interrelated branches of the same tree of knowledge. Both originated in India thousands of years back and focus around the overall well-being of a person. Ayurveda takes care about the healing of a person, Yoga, on the other hand, handles the spiritual well-being of a person. Both the practices, when integrated together, take care of the balancing between the mind, body and soul.
Yoga and Ayurveda work on the principle of finding oneself. Ayurveda believes that there are three types of people who fall under the category of one or the other dosha, or sometimes more than one dosha. These doshas are Vata, Pitta and Kapha. So, finding the dosha of a person helps in finding a healing method, and along with it, dosha also helps in finding the suitable yoga routine. For example, imbalance of a person falling under the category of Vata dosha are insomnia, anxiety and dryness. So, for those who might be experiencing Vata imbalance, low, steady, grounding postures—mountain pose, spinal twists, inversions—as well as deep, calm breathing to cultivate stillness, nurture and self-care are recommended. Likewise, people who fall under the category of Pitta dosha show signs of imbalance like anger, competitiveness, and inflammation. So, practicing forward bends, heart-openers, such as bow and camel can be beneficial to encourage compassion, patience and the ability to slow down.
Ayurveda and Yoga when integrated together, can help in attaining the perfect health- mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
In today’s world, Yoga is only considered as a means to attain good physical health, but what people don’t understand is that yoga works much differently. Along with taking care of a person’s physical well-being, yoga also helps the mind to become clear or pure and develops deeper mind-body awareness. A clear mind helps a person avoid stress in day-to-day life creating a greater connection with one’s own pure, essential nature. Similarly, Ayurveda brings with it the knowledge of how to align physical health with spiritual, mental and emotional health. Ayurveda addresses our whole lifestyle along with exercise and yoga.
Yoga and Ayurveda work on similar underlying principles: the well being of an individual at the level of body and mind with the aim of helping an individual re-connect to their true nature.
Yoga and Ayurveda are interrelated and affect or serve each other in various ways. Ayurveda works on the principle of balance, prevention and self-care. At the same time, these practices help a person in meditation and yoga as well. Some of the Ayurvedic massages work as an aide to yoga. Abhyanga, daily massage with warm oil, helps the muscles and joints for asana. Other massages like net potli massage aids in yogic breathing and meditation.
Ayurveda addresses all aspects of medicine including diet, herbs, drugs, surgery, bodywork, yoga, meditation and its own special clinical procedures like panchakarma. The various massages like Abhyanga, Shirodhara, Swedna, etc are essential for treating several ailments.
Yoga and Ayurveda, both are connected, as Ayurvedic treatments get great benefit from yoga and vice versa. Yoga has been a part of Ayurvedic texts such as Charaka Samhita for centuries. It is a central part of dincharya for dissolving physical stress and calming the mind before meditation. Yoga works as the ideal ayurvedic exercise as it rejuvenates the body, improves digestion and removes stress.