Yoga & Ayurveda

YOGA & AYURVEDA


Yoga and Ayurveda are both natural sciences and their combined study is very useful which help to understand the life clearly and to lead to the Eternal Truth. Their teachings are universal and timeless as they apply to every one in all cultures and times. By the practice of lifestyles they recommend , life becomes more fulfilling. The link between yoga and ayurveda is prana or the life force as yoga is the intelligence of prana , while ayurveda is its healing power. The knowledge of ayurvedic constitution types, provide a great help in adapting the appropriate asanas, pranayama and meditation practices.Together , ayurveda and yoga supplement each other and afford a complete discipline to transform from physical to the deepest spiritual levels of our being.

AYURVEDA :

“The system of Medicine that is said to have been revealed to the people by God himself. That is named Ayurveda (the science of life), wherein are laid down the good and bad of life, the happy and unhappy of life and what is wholesome in relation to life, as also the span of life” – Charaka Samhita.

Ayurveda is a holistic, ancient , time tested and traditional system of medicine that is indigeous to and widely practiced in India. The word Ayurveda is a Sanskrit term meaning “science of life”. Ayu means “life” or “daily living” and the word “veda” is “knowing”. Ayurveda was first recorded in the Vedas – the ancient texts of the Himalayan sages. The world’s oldest existant literature.

 

The Ayurvedic healing system has been practiced in daily life in India for more then 5000 years. All Ayurveda literature is based on the Samkhya philosophy of creation. (The root of term Samkhya: Sat, means “true” and khya, means “to know”) The Vedas, made up of the Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva Vedas in which the ancient scriptural knowledge is found, have been handed down to us generation by generation over several thousand years of oral tradition, before finally being recorded in written form. It was not until about 500 B.C. that the sage Adi Sankara culled the end portion of vedas, called vedanta, which reveals the knowledge that the self and the supreme being are one. Sankara recorded this knowledge on palm leaves. Rig veda, the foundation pillar and oldest of the vedas, contains many references to Ayurvedic principles, although Ayurveda itself was primarily developed from the Atherva Veda, the most recent of the Vedas. The mainstay of Ayurvedic knowledge we have today is found in two treatise, Charak Samhita and Sushrut Samhita, each of which first appeared at the turn of the first millenium B.C.

The main objective of Ayurveda is to impart health-full longevity and to relieve human suffering. This is achieved through appropriate regimes of Ahara, Vihara, and Ausadhis and systemic Samshodhana {detoxification} of the body.

UNDERSTANDING TRIDOSHA

The concept of Vata-Pitta-Kapha is unique to Ayurveda and it holds the potential for revolutionizing the healing system of the west. Vata is a principle of movement. That which moves is called Vata. Air in the external atmosphere is not same as the air in the body, it might be characterized as the subtle energy that governs biological movement and metabolic activities. It is formed by two elements Ether and air and functions are breathing, natural urges, transformation of tissues, motor functions, sensory functions, excretions, secretions, fear, emptiness and anxiety.

Pitta is translated as fire but not literally, it is like bodily heat-energy, it manifests as metabolism in the body, however it is not visible in this way. It is formed by fire and water elements, governs digestion, perception, understanding, hunger, thirst, intelligence, anger, hate and jealousy. Kapha is translated as biological water, formed by two elements earth and water, it gives the material for physical structure, biological strength, vigor and stability; it lubricates joints, supports memory retention, gives energy to the lungs and the heart and maintains immunity. Kapha is responsible for emotions of attachment, greed and long-standing envy, but has tendencies towards calmness, forgiveness and love.

YOGA AYURVEDA INTEGRATED COURSE: YAIC

This course develops a wholesome practice to bring balance and harmony in ourselves. Yoga practice as per constitution types and influences of postures on various constitutions and also influence of elements, is explored in the course. There are specific practices of experiential postures, pranayama, meditation, kriyas, bandhas and shatkarma along with relaxation techniques.

YOGA BEGINNERS/ INIATION COURSE : YBC

This is the basic course for the people who have heard about the Yoga but never practices anytime. It is good for the people of any age from 8 – 80 years as there is no late for any learning. It consists of basic yoga postures, basic yogic kriyas, basic techniques of Pranayama (Breathing), Basic meditation techniques and basic relaxation technique with one type of yoga cleansing process. There are 12 sessions of yoga in this course. Total 6 sessions shall be in morning and 6 in the evening. Morning class is for 90 minutes and evening class is for 60 minutes each. The course content base is Hatha / Ashtanga style of Yoga.

YOGA OPEN AND PRIVATE CLASS : YOC

There are Open classes available on all weekdays in Morning and Evening. It may be in same class / course going on those days also. There may not be gradual progressions of Content as per your own personal need and time. You are advised to take personal class which will be specifically designed for you as per your previous experience, body type, age, any problems etc. You can join in any day for it and can take as many sessions as you want however if you have enough time it is always advisable if you join a course as it will give you step by step information and content.

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