Yoga and Ayurveda

Historically, yoga and Ayurveda are developed in parallel and complement each other. Ayurveda is the healing side of yoga, and yoga is the spiritual side of Ayurveda. Together they provide a path for the harmonious coexistence of the body, mind and soul.

First of all Yoga is a science for purifying consciousness. A pure mind is not subject to stress: a healthy mind is the key to a healthy body. If a person’s mind is pure, then he is aware of his spiritual nature. Ayurveda says that every disease is a consequence of the fact that a person has forgotten about his spiritual origin. Ayurveda and yoga allow you to get the experience that will help to restore the true nature of human.

Understanding the constitutional balance (the balance between Vata, Pitta and Kapha-doshas talked in Ayurveda) allows a practicing yogi to use precisely those asanas that will beneficially affect his health and condition.

People with an imbalance of Vata dosha are usually too mobile and fussy. They are distinguished by a thin physique and weak immunity. Their hands and feet often freeze, constipation occurs, they are prone to nervousness and various anxieties. Calming, steady asanas are best suited for such people, such as the tree pose, Vrksasana, or the mountain pose, Tadasana.

Asanas that compress the pelvic muscles, Pascimottanasana, help to relieve constipation, to strengthen asanas, Bakasana, and to improve blood circulation. Fast-changing postures, such as Greeting to the Sun, Surya Namaskar, can increase nervousness. Suitable asanas will restore balance, and unsuitable ones will cause even greater disturbance.

Those with an unbalanced Pitta dosha tend to suffer from excess fire in the body. They are characterized by skin problems – rashes, psoriasis. Diarrhea, conjunctivitis, and liver disease are also common. They need asanas to balance, soothing and cooling eyes, weakening the internal heat. Asanas that enhance solar energy are not suitable, as they can cause an increase in body temperature. The pose of the cobra, Bhujangasana, and the bow, Dhanurasana, are asanas that dissipate excess heat. Inverted asanas are contraindicated for people with Pitta imbalances, as they can lead to a stroke.

People with excess Kapha-dosha usually sweat; they are slow and prone to gain weight. They suffer from obesity, congestion, accumulation of mucus in the body. Stimulating, warming exercises are suitable for them. Active movement is useful. However, they should start slowly, gradually increasing the load. The Greeting to the Sun complex is a warming complex that is best suited to people with Kapha imbalances.

Asanas, expanding the chest, improve breathing and reduce congestion. These include the inverted bow pose, Urdhva Dhanura, and the bridge pose, Setu Bandha Sarvangasana. Meditative asanas can increase Kapha’s imbalance, so you need to use active postures to add energy.

Yoga asanas are an important component of Ayurvedic treatment along with diet, herbal medicine, aromatherapy, color therapy, meditation, the body cleansing of the toxins, rejuvenation and a healthy lifestyle.

Meditations in this case are both spiritual and healing aspects. They cleanse the mind and relax the body, which leads to enlightenment. There are many forms of meditation, and all of them are tools that help a practitioner achieve the desired result.

In the CALENDULA clinic, asanas and meditation techniques are prescribed individually, depending on the constitutional type and diagnosis.