Have you ever noticed you are attracted to certain types of Yoga practice but not others? Or, maybe you’ve noticed how foods that bother you don’t someone else, you love winter while your friend hates it, or you just don’t understand why anyone would love running when you could relax on the sofa and watch TV!
What dictates these differences in us?
Could it be because of your dosha?
Dosha is a term used in Ayurveda, a sister science to Yoga, to describe the unique constitution of an individual. Yoga and Ayurveda offer a complete system of health and well-being and are known as sister sciences because together, they offer effective tools to bring balance to our body, mind and spirit, therefore creating harmony in our lives.
Understanding of our personal constitution (dosha) and how to apply ourselves to the practices of yoga, meditation, and breathwork, as well as nutrition, allow us to align with the rhythms of the day, the season and the stages of our life.
Some say Ayurveda is the science and yoga is the practice of the science. Another way these disciplines are thought of is Yoga as the spiritual science and Ayurveda as a system of medicine and healing. Regardless, both recognize that keeping the body healthy is vital for fulling the four aims of life: our dharm (duty), artha (wealth and abundance), kama (desire and motivation), and moksha (brilliance). They also have a common understanding that the health of the physical body is dependent on the health and balance of the mind and emotions.
When we integrate these two disciplines into our lives and the lives of our students, we can foster a greater sense of balance and ease in our daily rhythms. In both sciences this is referred to as Sattva. In Yoga, Sattva is the higher quality that allows spiritual growth to occur. In Ayurveda, Sattva is the state of balance that creates healing. By looking at the whole person - body, mind and soul - both Yoga and Ayurveda help us to develop a greater sense of Sattva in our lives.
The longer we practice yoga, we will eventually begin to hear about Ayurveda. And there is a good reason! They are truly inseparable to the health of the whole person. Through Ayurveda we learn to nourish the body so a productive yoga practice can be developed.
If you're curious to learn more and create a greater sense of harmony in your life please join us for an in-depth look at the relationship between Yoga and Ayurveda. All are welcome.
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In addition to being YogaMotion Teacher Training Liaison and Mentorship Leader, Sara is also a Women’s Wellness and Lifestyle Coach. See her website here >>>