It was Yoga I studied first. I loved how it made my body feel. I had never heard of Ayurveda until many years later and decided to dive into a year long program with a local herbal teacher. My studies were mainly about diet and herbs and although I’ve always understood they were sister sciences, it has only been in the last few years I’ve begun to understand how intertwined they really are and when teaching Yoga, Ayurveda should be an integral part of what we share with our students and bring into our lives.
Yoga and Ayurveda are so much more than about the physical body as we tend to view them today. They both look to the whole person, which is not only body but mind and soul. They emphasize the development of Sattva or balance. In yoga, Sattva is the higher quality that allows spiritual growth to occur and in Ayurveda, Sattva is the state of balance that creates healing.
Understanding our personal make up, our constitution or dosha, helps us to adapt our yoga practice or our students practice according to individual requirements. The asanas, pranayama (breath work) and meditation techniques that are appropriate for one constitution may not be helpful for another so understanding our dosha enables us to personalize yoga practices to the unique energetics of different mind/body types.
The more I incorporate the teachings of both of these beautiful disciplines into my daily life and routine the more benefits I see not only physically but emotionally and spiritually. They truly complement one another in a very powerful way. I see clearly that the choices I make either help me to create a state of balance in my well-being or a state of imbalance in mind, body and soul. They are both incredible tools I share not only in my yoga classes but my private coaching clients as well. They are truly inseparable!