Yoga and Ayurveda
I’m not sure about you, but I had never really heard anything about Ayurveda until… I took the Yoga Teacher Training program here at Universal Spirit Yoga.
So, I grabbed the chance to ask Ms. Poonam some quick questions I thought might be helpful to begin to understand this very ancient science that is greatly needed in these modern times.
Is Your Yoga Practice Helping You Live In Balance?
Yoga and Ayurveda are sister sciences: they both enhance, compliment and benefit each other. Understanding Ayurveda can help you to choose which type of practice is good for different seasons and even different body types. There is an increased awareness into the art of yoga but we might be forgetting how important the science of Ayurveda can be. Through learning even a little about Ayurveda, we can have a greater awareness of how to increase benefits of our own yoga practice, as well as enhance our well-being and health.
Poonam Gupta, M.Phil, ERYT 500, RPYT, Ayurvedic and Panchakarma Therapist, offers Ayurveda workshops and a 2 year intensive Ayurveda Practitioner Program. We have an Introductory Workshop on the Essentials of Ayurveda scheduled for 4/9/16 to 4/10/16. This is an opportunity to understand human anatomy from an Ayurvedic perspective. This workshop is designed for yoga teachers and health enthusiasts. It includes nutrition and food tasting for each dosha, Yoga practice for balancing each dosha and the History and philosophy of Ayurveda.
Poonam teaches that from a literal sense, the word Ayurveda comes from the Sanskrit compound of ‘ayus + veda‘ and translates to ‘knowledge of life’ or ‘science of life’.
In practice, Ayurveda is a system of medicine utilizing a variety of herbal remedies and procedures practiced in India for over 5000 years. This ancient science provides both curative and preventive measures towards optimal physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Ayurveda is founded on the principle that health is the result of living in harmony and balance. A lifestyle compatible with your prakrit, or ‘original nature’, brings harmony while absence of it brings vikrati, or ‘disharmony’. This disharmony manifests itself as disease. Using this understanding, a cure is often compared to a journey from an imbalanced state to a balanced state.
While an Ayurvedic practitioner may prescribe herbs to bring balance to the body, a lot of emphasis is placed on the idea that “you are what you eat”. Ayurveda is grounded in the concept that proper intake of food brings health whereas improper food choices may cause disease. As a result, an Ayurvedic diagnosis will typically include recommendations for proper eating habits, food combinations and seasonal adjustments.
Date: 4/9/16 to 4/10/16
Time: 12:30pm to 6:30pm
To register for this 2 day informative and experiential workshop please contact us at: www.universalspirityoga.com or call: 630-416-7526.