‘Yogayur’: How combination of Yoga and Ayurveda can help us elevate our practice
By Pranyog Reading, Dec 22 2016 04:27PM
Part 1 of 2. For practical demonstrations of the principals outlined here please drop into one of our 3 Yoga classes in Reading.
Yoga deals with the overall aspect of human wellbeing and spiritual upliftment which touches many facets of life. The process of yoga helps in developing a distance between body, mind and spirit and thus taking us from ‘gross to subtle’. Ayurveda is one of the world’s most ancient medical systems, it touches all the aspects of healing from physical, mental, emotional right through to our spiritual core.
As told in most of the ancient yoga texts, we all are part of one consciousness, at a gross level all of us are different and unique. There are many examples from the nature, Science has proven today that no two leaves of a single tree are completely identical. Whatever minute difference we have, plays a big role in defining who we are. Take for example the difference between the DNA of a chimpanzee and a human; it's only 2% but this difference makes us what we are (and not the 98% similarity).
Ayurveda is a way of understanding your energy
Yoga defines 3 mental constitutions or Gunas in every being. They is not permanent and change with spiritual upliftment. Also, we may display different mental constitution or Gunas depending on the situation we find ourself in.
1) Satvic: is the higher state (out of the 3 Gunas as defined in Yoga) where one achieves a state of goodness or in a way a good control over senses, natural calmness, peace of mind , rare expressions of bad emotions like anger, good concentration, natural honesty, Peace of mind, Selfless Service and many more.
2) Tamsic: is the lower most state (out of the 3 Gunas) where one is usually low in energy, frequently disturbed, violent, fearful, frequently disturbed, low in creativity, lacking love and many more.
3) Rajsic: is the in between state where the qualities mentioned above are present in moderation. There quality is attachment, love etc.
The practice of yoga helps us in uplifting ourselves to Satva however ultimately the ultimate spiritual goal is to transcend all the 3 Gunas.
The balance of enrgy unique to you
Similar to Yoga, Ayurveda defines biological existence with the mix of 3 doshas (or types of body) of Vatta, Pitta and Kapha. Dosha in Sanskrit means fault or defect which causes desease. Each dosha is a combination of the 5 elements Fire, Air, Space, Earth and Water.
Vatta :- is a combination of Air and Space. As both Air and space have a quality of expansion and boundarylessness. The key to hold Vata is to have right amount of Kapha and pitta held within as right amount of heat and water determines how the wind blows. The people with Vata Dosha are usually of thin body type.
Balanced Vatta :- Creativity, thinking power etc.
Imbalanced Vatta :- Poor concentration, irregularity etc.
Pitta :- in Sanskrit means ‘force behind digestion’. Pitta is high on fire element. The balance of pitta depends a lot on Vata for its movement and kapha for its support just as oxygen is required to burn
the fuel and the fire can be grounded with water. The people with Vata Dosha are usually of medium body type.
Balanced Pitta :- Courageous, Motivated
Imbalanced Pitta :- Anger, insensitive.
Kapha:- is a combination of water and earth. The sign of Kapha is slowness as it’s a water and earth when mixed gives mud which moves slowly. Kapha needs Vatta for its movement and Pitta for its warmth. People with Kapha Dosha are usually of a heavy body type.
Balanced Kapha :- Slow but steady, high endurance
Imbalanced Kapha :- laziness, high attachment.
Most of us are a combination of minimum 2 doshas. There is also a percentage of people who have tri Dosha( 3 doshas) or have single Dosha.
Check back in a couple of weeks to findout how you can discover what your Dosha is.
By Ashwin Patil