7 Ayurvedic Tips To Boost Your Yoga Practice
By Erin Moug
Ayurveda And Yoga Are Sister Sciences.
Ayurvedic Medicine is an ancient holistic healing system that originated in India, 4,000 years Before Christ. Translated it means The Knowledge, or Science of Life. Health is achieved when one lives in accordance with the universal rhythms of nature. The mentality is not a one-size fits all prescription for physical symptoms. The whole person is woven into consideration (physical, spiritual, and emotional) when treating illness and disease.
This is not a philosophy of scarcity or diet. Food is cherished. Eating is emphasized to be a pleasurable, spiritual experience. It is your medicine for a vibrant life.
The constitutional physical and emotional make-up of individual beings are separated into three categories called doshas; vata, pitta, and kapha. Each is a combination reflecting qualities of the five elements; air, space, fire, water, and earth.
Knowing your dosha is essential to understanding your personal human nature, and maintaining health. Most of us are born with a greater pre-disposition of one over the other. Each controls different bodily functions, physical appearance, and temperament.
Like the doshas, agni (digestive fire) is a focal point of Ayurvedic principles. Good digestion is the driving force in maintaining a vibrant life. Glowing skin, shiny hair, a twinkle in your eye, a hop in your step, all are noticeable to the outside observer when one has powerful digestion.
Ayurveda stresses the importance of not only the food you digest, but the music, the people, the technology you allow into your system. If it’s difficult to digest, with time, illness will occur.
Ayurvedic medicine provides food and activities to balance doshas and improve agni. With this knowledge, we become our greatest healer. In tune with the rhythms of nature and our basic human pre-disposition, union naturally occurs between our body, mind, and spirit.
This union is yoga.
Here are 7 simple steps to incorporate Ayurvedic Principles into your life and improve your yoga practice and your over all wellbeing..
- Nourishing Food
Take a dosha quiz of your current constitution (vikruti), determining where your imbalance lies and then determine foods that balances that particular dosha.
- Nourishing Drinks
Favor drinking filtered hot water over other beverages.
- Hot water penetrates your digestive tract easier than cold, aiding in better absorption and digestion
- Counteracts fatigue
- Calms the mind, allowing for more conscious choices
Drink warm milk before bed. Here is a deliciously soothing recipe.
- Nourishing People
On a piece of paper, make a list of people that give you energy versus drain it. Write ways to spend more time with those that lift you up, and ways to set boundaries for those that bring you down.
- Soothing Sounds
Create a playlist of soothing instrumental music and let it penetrate your soul. Listen while sitting, dancing, drinking tea, or cooking delicious food.
A few suggestions of top artists are:
- Balmorhea, Lindsey Stirling, Maxence Cyrin, Dustin O’Halloran, Omar Akram, Thievery Corporation, Anesthesia, Bela Fleck and the Fleckstones, Bonobo
- Soothing Sights
Pick a day of the week where you will routinely TURN OFF all technology. Get out in nature instead.
- Soothing Touch
Abhyanga – Give yourself a self-oil massage.
Laugh! Do I need to say more? Just laugh!
- Throw Away Perfection
Start small and pick a few of these tips. Let this journey of incorporating Ayurvedic principles be a joyous one.
Erin is a Special Education Teacher Consultant, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with a focus in helping children with autism, lives in the Traverse Bay Area, Northern Michigan,USA, and is a practitioner of the traditional mysore style of Ashtanga yoga.