Yoga and Ayurveda are two sides of the same coin.
Both Ayurveda and yoga come from same school of thought called Samkhya philosophy. Ayurveda and yoga are both ancient healing systems that originated in India.
Yoga and Ayurveda speak the same language and have same goal, liberation, freedom from whatever holds us back; pain, emotional attachment, fear, materialism, depression, anxiety, anger ect.
“A Yogi who doesn’t know Ayurveda is half yogi and an Ayurvedic Physician who doesn't know Yoga is a half physician.” ~Vedic Saying
Connecting Yoga and Ayurveda
- Ayurveda helps in bringing strength, life, physical harmony and revitalization for the body to be healthy and strong. Yoga helps create better flow of prana (ie cellular communication), muscular flexibility and elasticity ultimately bringing inner peace and harmony at deeper level of consciousness. In a sense Ayurveda is kindergarten and Yoga is first grade
- Bringing physical harmony with the help of Ayurveda allows us to do proper and complete yogic “exercise”, we will have good mental strength and clarity of thought process for better quality performance in yoga
- Neither Yoga nor Ayurveda are a supplementary, they are complementary. They complete each other.
- Ayurveda brings an understanding and harmony of the Self with macrocosm (in the form of the 5 elements, space air, fire, water and earth) and Yoga brings the connection to the Self (the microcosm). This is the first lesson Ayurveda teaches. We are a microcosm of the macrocosm.
- If you start your journey with Ayurveda, it will lead you to the study of Yoga. If you start your journey with Yoga you will seek the knowledge of Ayurveda to understand the body completely.
- Wisdom is wholeness, it is a complete circle. It excludes none. It is expansion. With the study of Ayurveda you allow for expansion of the consciousness in yoga practice.
Every yogi should learn about body types (vata, pitta, kapha), Ayurvedic lifestyle and Ayurvedic cooking to create purity of consciousness and every good Ayurvedic physician has yoga as an integral part of their prescription for everyday well being at physical, mental and spiritual levels.