Yoga and Ayurveda: The Perfect Union for Health and Healing

By: Patwant kaur

Photo: Camila Muradas

Yoga and Ayurveda are two ancient knowledge in humanity that seek treatments of individuals in their imbalances, going straight to the cause of problems to promote healing. The principles are different, but both are fantastic allies to reduce everyday stress, harmonize energies and purify body and mind.

Yoga is divine union between the physical, mental and spiritual. It is a cessation of states of the mind that hinder the perception of the real Self. There are different modalities. In general, they are all one thing, helping a person in the process of recording and expanding consciousness. In this learning, postures (asanas), breaths (pranayamas), meditations and mantras are used.

Ayurveda, however, is an ancient medicine coming from India and in the contemporary world is used by people all over the world. According to this knowledge, humans are influenced by the five elements of nature: ether, air, fire, water, and earth. They are organized into doshas, which represent the biological systematization of the body. The doshas are the bridge between the mind and physiology of the body. Every human being has three doshas: Vata, ruled by air and ether; Pitta, ruled by fire and water and Kapha, ruled by earth and water.

Vata (air) sustains the body’s movements, controls the mind and senses and assists with the elimination of waste. Pitta (bile) is responsible for digestion, internal heat and blood formation. Kapha (mucus) nourishes and lubricates the body, maintains sexual potency and provides mental balance to the individual. When we are born, this proportion of the doshas is balanced, but with time, lifestyle and unregulated eating, imbalances arise. When one of these elements is not harmonized, the disease process begins.

How do Yoga and Ayurveda work together?

The two knowledges understand that body, mind and consciousness must be synchronized. Dr. Vasant Lad, professor and director of the Institute of Ayurveda in Albuquerque, New Mexico, explains: “Yoga is the science of union with the Divine, with Truth, and Ayurveda is the science of life. The purpose of Yoga is to unite with the Supreme Being, but this union can only be obtained through a healthy body, a healthy mind and a healthy conscience. Both are the foundations of life. They are two sides of the same coin”, he explains.

Both Yoga and Ayurveda act in the process of detoxifying and purifying the body in a complementary way. All the theoretical, practical, philosophical and therapeutic knowledge coming from these sciences depart from Tantra and Vedanta. Both are pillars of Hinduism.

Information source: Patanjali sutras, Wikipedia, Brazilian Association of Ayurveda.

 

 

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