5. Both are all about Balance :
There are 3 gunas for every living being rajas, tamas and sattva. These gunas give rise to varying actions by 5 senses and five elements, thus leading us to the constitution of body. Eating right helps to balance the body as per Ayurveda, and a balanced body leads to a balanced mind which is the main aim of the Yogic principle of meditation.
Relevancy of Ayurveda in Yoga
Maharishi Patanjali was the one who organised the science of asanas into his sutras, to give Yoga a form. It is one of the six systems of the vedic philosophy which include Vedanta, Purva Mimamsa, Nyaya, Sankhya, Vaishesikha and above all Yoga. Yoga is not just exercise but the basic principle is sadhana (practice) to achieve meditative mind which is the basis of all vedic knowledge. Yoga encompasses the whole universe and hence can have many uses. One of the popular use is to keep the body and mind healthy, and for this Yoga can be achieved by turning it towards Ayurveda. This type of Yoga for healing on the basis of holistic health is taught in few of the reputed Yoga schools in their Hatha Yoga and Ayurveda Yoga Teacher Training Courses in India
Each being in the universe is unique as per Ayurveda.Hence, it treats each individual as a different entity. Ayurveda says that our body constitution i.e "prakriti" remains same right from birth to death, while certain imbalance i.e. "vikruti" might appear during the course of our life. The imbalances affect both our mind and body.
While using Ayurveda in Yogic practices the above is held as a principle. The very basic of Yoga is to purify the thoughts which helps to bring the balance to body and mind. So, the tri doshas are targeted while doing Yoga.
Every dosha defines our body and gives it certain strength and certain weaknesses. Ayurveda can be used to balance the doshas and make the maximum benefit of Yoga.
Vata helps in movement, and is characterised as cold, dry, light, clear and rough. People with predominant Vata will be lean, have dry skin and have digestive irregularity. They will lack strength and patience and get attracted towards actions taking less time. Ashtanga Yoga or Vinyasa Yoga is best for them.
It keeps the body lubricated and is characterised as slow, dull, oily, soft, hard and gross. People with predominant Kapha will be built strong and will have heavy body. They gain weight easily and Hatha Yoga is best suited for them to balance energy.
Metabolism management is done by Pitta and it is characterised as hot, sharp, liquid and spreading. People with predominant Pitta will have medium built, oily skin, and sharp minds. Ashtanga Yoga is best for such people.
Keeping in view the body type , choose the type of Yoga teacher Training you need to take along with Ayurveda.
The applications of Yoga and Ayurveda are really in great demand for the strength and support of the health care system which are helpful in the revival of the traditional heritage along the lines of sustainable approach.
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