Ayurveda is a holistic healing method targeting the strength and relationship between that of the mind and the body. With that specific relationship between the mind and the body, each individual’s ayurveda is different. Yoga, like ayurveda, draws its focus towards interconnectedness of all beings and all things. Both yoga and ayurveda contain aspects of Dharma, meaning duty, Artha, meaning wealth, and Moksha, meaning liberation. Both believe in the 7 chakras in the body; the root chakra, the sacral chakra, the solar plexus chakra, the heart chakra, the throat chakra, the third eye chakr, and the crown chakra. Each chakra has been assigned to a location of the body and an emotional companion, tending to the mental and physical health of the being.
Ayurveda ultimately helps one to achieve the goal of yoga; to become united with the divine, which is why the two are fantastic compliments to one and other. Ayurveda focuses on the health of ones body and yoga focuses on the cleansing of ones mind. Together, the two become very powerful and have the ability to transform an individual into a holistically balanced lifestyle. There are three doshas that fluctuate their intensity depending on the mental and physical environment of an individual. Those three doshas are referred to as Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Briefly, Vata refers to those who tend to be thin and do not gain weight easily. A balanced Vata represents the energy of movement. Pitta refers to those who are well proportioned, medium sized and represent the energy of transformation. Kapha refers to those who have efficient strength with a sturdy frame and when in balance that represents the energy of construction. Each dosha appears in each individual, however the intensity of them alters. Balancing these doshas is crucial to maintaining a balanced life.
By using the doshas and other aspects of ayurveda, ones yoga journey can become a journey of balance and strength in the holistic aspect of ones life. The 30 day yoga challenge in May will be a great opportunity for you to use the methods and compliments of yoga and ayurveda to achieve all that you can!