We are all different. The beauty of ayurvedic yoga is that it recognizes this and prescribes a different practice depending on things like body type, personality, and life circumstances.
Many of us are probably aware of the many different types of yoga being practiced. One of these types can be referred to as ayurvedic yoga, and it is quickly gaining in recognition and popularity. In ayurvedic yoga, the goal is to achieve balance by making lifestyle choices and engaging in a yoga practice that is suited to one's unique body type and personality.
Ayurveda is the traditional holistic medicine of India that has developed over thousands of years. Ayurveda teaches us to be wise in our lifestyle choices by developing an awareness of how we are in each moment. Where do we show up strong? Where are we weaker? Do we excel in creativity but fall short in follow through? Are we very calm and easy going but sometimes lack the gusto to take initiative?
If balance is the goal, then the exploration of balance includes everything we do. Ayurveda is the study of life itself, so you can find Ayurvedic advice on just about anything: Which foods to grow, how to grow them. How to cook and what to eat. How to use herbs as medicine, and how to apply them, and so on. Most importantly for us as yoga practitioners, though, is the wisdom that can be gained from applying ayurvedic principles to our yoga practice. By employing ayurvedic breath and yogic exercises, we can balance our body and mind.
We are all different. The beauty of ayurvedic yoga is that it recognizes this and prescribes a different practice depending on things like body type, personality, and life circumstances. If you are curious about ayurveda and how it applies to yoga we would love to address your questions in future posts. Leave your questions and comments below! - Kate