Yoga and Ayurveda
The basis of yoga is Ayurveda and the fruit of Ayurveda is Yoga. Both are ancient Indian holistic body & mind healing systems due to their harmony,
greatness & honesty. The goal of both systems is to help humans stay healthy & take care of their well being. Ayurveda & two sides of the same coin
one heal, detox and rejuvenate the body, mind, soul with its medicines, panchakarma's, transforming lifestyles and diet while the other teaches how
to develop higher consciousness through various methods like asanas, pranayama& meditation.
'Charak Samhita' an ancient manuscript has mentioned Yoga in Ayurvedic text. It is important for dissolving physical stress & calming the mind before meditation. It is the ideal Ayurvedic exercise because it rejuvenates the body, improves digestion & removes stress.
"Yujyate Anane Iti Yoga"
means Yuj refers to join the individual self with the universal self. It is an expansion of narrow, constricted & egoistic personality to an all-pervasive, eternal, blissful state of reality.
Yoga & Ayurveda emphasize cultivating Sattva to meditate , improve mental acuity &manage emotional, psychological disorders. Ayurvedic yoga uses knowledge of Prakriti, Vikriti,& Gunas as a wonderful framework to understand clients unique requirements, challenges so you can assist them, in the case of chronic ailments in particular knowing how to deal with imbalance is important.
For example A Vata dominant individual might overdo exercise because of Restless and present with osteoarthritis. Meanwhile, a Pitta dominating person may overdo a competitive sport & develop plantar fasciitis, The study of Ayurveda helps in understanding their tendencies to offer Yoga suggestions for healing.
To elaborate this further dosha specific Yoga can work hand in hand with Ayurveda by customizing exercises & pranayam.
For example Vata dominant are advised to do abdominal breathing, alternate nostril breathing which benefits calming CNS, strengthening the lower spinal region, Pelvic floor & colon which are the seat of Vata . Stimulating parasympathetic nervous system.
Pitta dominant can practice Sheetali, Bhramari, longer inhalation, alternate breathing that benefits cooling, relaxing, calming which are opposite characteristics of Pitta dosha. Kapha dominant can practice Kapalbhati, Bhrastrika, Surya bed by Nadi shodan & alternate breathing stimulates Agni as Kapha is stagnant that needs to awaken & shaking up.
Hence Yoga and Ayurveda work together as interdependent supporting systems to cure the diseased.