In recent years, the ayurvedic philosophy is more and more trendy: nutrition, sport, meditation … It never ceases to make followers. Yet if there is one area from which it is inseparable, it is yoga. Find out in this article why Ayurveda and yoga are inseparable and what is their deep connection.
The link between Ayurveda and yoga
Ayurvedic philosophy is based on a perfect balance between body and mind, soul and heart, one does not go without the other. Unfortunately, this precious balance is fragile and can easily be shaken by several external factors such as daily stress, poor nutrition, anxiety or even lack of exercise.
In order to be able to maintain this harmony and therefore to be in good health, flourished, well in your body but also in your head, yoga and meditation are both effective and powerful tools to preserve this balance. This is why Ayurveda and yoga are inseparable. If you decide to adopt an ayurvedic lifestyle on all levels: nutritional, athletic and spiritual, you will not be able to dissociate Ayurveda and yoga, which will help you to listen to your conscience but also to your body.
Find your dosha
In the ayurvedic way of life, there are 3 doshas (understand energetic forces). It is important to know which type of doshas you correspond to in order to adapt your yoga and meditation practice accordingly. Most of the time, each individual is a perfect combination of two types of doshas, ??but it happens that some are particularly marked by a particular genre.
The first is the dosha Vata. It is recommended if you are more of a slim, agile physique and a sociable personality. In this case, favour yoga poses that will calm you and relax you gently like the cobra. Opt for asanas that stimulate your intestines or your pelvis such as sitting positions (lightning, lotus, etc.)
The second is the Kapha dosha which represents land and water. He looks like you if you are one of those individuals with a rather thick build, anxious and sensitive nature. Choose stimulating poses that will develop your thoracic region and your stomachs, such as the sun salutation or the lion pose.
Finally, the pitta dosha, emblem of fire, concerns people with normal metabolism and build, very comfortable in society and charming. If you recognize yourself in this profile, opt for yoga poses that will allow you to stretch and relax, such as the bridge.
Can Ayurveda, in association with plants and well-being rituals, benefit those who practice it? How is harmony between the mind and the physical created?
Hygiene and lifestyle are fundamental to live well, they must be adapted to our personal constitution. It is very often a question of “Good sense” except today we do not live in the “Good sense” with respect to each other and especially with respect to our mother earth. Ayurveda can benefit everyone! Including those in the environment of a loved one who practices it. Harmony between the mind and the physical is created through several means.
Ayurveda is a holistic science and always seeks the balance between our three parts the body, the heart (or the self) and the mind. These three parts form a whole and are intimately linked, through the vagus nerve for example between the brain and our digestive system; by the limbic system which controls the secretion of hormones according to our emotions, etc. Ayurveda stimulates, cleanses and allows our 5 senses to function optimally. This is how we can establish a lasting harmony between the mind and the physical.
Should diet be taken into account when practising Ayurveda?
Food is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and eating according to its constitution is essential. The digestive fire (Agni), our ability to digest food influences the body and therefore the mind and heart. In Ayurveda, we say that we are what we are capable of digesting! What we do not digest is also very important because this waste becomes toxins (ama) and is often the cause of many imbalances. We all need to be concerned with eating according to what we can digest and not by convention. We must eat to live and not live to eat …
Lack of time is often an excuse many adopt to postpone new habits and rewarding new experiences
This is a difficult question. Every experience happens to us when we are ready, even if we don’t always know it ?? but I will tell them to experiment. I often remember that in aeroplanes, we are asked (in the event of depressurization) to put on “our” oxygen mask before helping others to put on theirs or to take care of others; including weaker children, sick or disabled people, etc.
Here again, this is common sense: without a mask, we can help very few people for a few minutes. With an oxygen mask, we will be able to help many people, longer… I will, therefore, remind people who are reluctant, that in order to be well with others, you must already be good with yourself, with and within yourself.
Recommend practice for people who suffer from stress/anxiety? How often can it bring benefits?
Ayurveda does not change what we experience but changes the way we experience it. To live by following the precepts of Ayurveda is to live respecting your true nature, living in the flow of ikigai as the Japanese call it. Ayurvedic treatments do more than reduce stress, they help regulate our nervous and emotional sensitivity; they allow us to no longer undergo this hyperactivity and this permanent pressure and thereby reduce our anxiety, increase our confidence in the correctness of the laws of life. The frequency will depend on each person and the initial request. However, once a month is a good average.