The Sister Science of Yoga
Ayurveda originates from two separate Sanskrit words: ayur, meaning ‘’life’’ and veda, meaning ‘’knowledge.’’ Therefore, to achieve balance, you must have complete knowledge of your life.
Ayurveda teaches two main principles:
1. Preservation of health: How to maintain wellness and what to do to keep your body healthy and fit to avoid illness.
2. Methods, medicine, and tactics for disease management ailments: How to cure and procure a return to health.
The roots of Ayurveda begin more than 5,000 years ago what makes it one of the most ancient forms of healing and it is used both to prevent and to cure illnesses, looking at each individual as a whole including all aspects, physical, emotional, and spiritual.
It was passed along orally for generations until it was initially recorded in the ancient Indian Vedas or ‘’the book of wisdom’’.
We could definitely say the Rishes, the spiritually enlightened prophets who wrote these texts, were centuries ahead of their time. They foresaw Ayurveda as being a very important tool for modern society when humankind becomes very disconnected from nature and from each other.
Ayurveda is based on the natural elements found in nature, the elements we see, feel, and hear around us: fire, water, earth, air, ether (space).
These elements exist not only in nature but in your body, where they represent different components of your physical and mental characteristics.
Each of us was born with a certain amount of these elements. This variation is organized in a system called Doshas (biotypes and personalities).
Ayurveda is overall a science of humankind in harmony with its environment.
As long we are not living in harmony with nature and our constitution, we cannot expect ourselves to be healed. Ayurveda gives us the means.
1:1 Dosha Talk
An Introduction to Your Dosha
An online 1 on 1 talk about the basic principles of Ayurveda and how to apply them on the daily basis in a practical way. Discover your dosha (ayurvedic body type), understand your imbalances, and learn ways to live in alignment with your unique self and with nature.
90 min talk includes:
• Dosha quiz
• A short yoga practice to balance your dosha
• Tips for daily routine
Seasons have a profound effect on us all, and as the environment evolves from one season to another, so our bodies follow the same rhythm.
After a long period of darkness and cold, hibernation, and rest during wintertime, the sun comes back and all nature begins to express all its beauty again. The energy is expanding.
The light and warmth have returned. Spring is the time for blossom, renew, cleanse and detox. It is the beginning of a new cycle. Yang energy is rising.
Text from Swara Yoga School