Yoga and Ayurveda practices have been around for more than 5000 years. They both originated from the eastern world. Yoga practice involves the use of rhythmic body movements, posture, breathing techniques, and meditation techniques, meant to achieve a given physical, mental, or metaphysical goal. These goals may include a healthy body, the ability to remain calm in stressful situations, as a form of relaxation or as a way to connect with the higher self or a God. Ayurveda studies, on the other hand, entail the use of day-to-day consumable materials, such as food, leaves, tree bark, and fruits for treatment of major and minor diseases.
Both of these disciplines have spread to other parts of the world in recent times. A good example is in the United States, where more than 22 million people practice yoga. Millions of people also turn to the Ayurveda form of treatment at some point in their life. These two disciplines are inseparable and are part of a greater system known as Vedic knowledge. The two have the same philosophy, which states that all illnesses arise from an imbalance in mind. They advocate for Pranayama and meditation during the healing process. It is an essential aspect as they believe that it fastens the time taken for a person to heal.
Ayurveda treatments are based on the five elements believed to be in control of our body’s behavior and health. These individual constituents are known as doshas. They constitute:
- The Kapha (earth/water)
- Pitta (water/fire)
- Vata (air/space)
The basic philosophy underlying in these elements is that it is believed that everything is dualistic. This Samkhya can be categorized into two:
- Purusha (pure consciousness)
- Prakriti (matter and form).
Prakriti has three qualities, known as Gunas:
From these three qualities, the five elements are derived.
When all of these elements are balanced, a person is considered to be healthy. Imbalance, on the other hand, means that a person needs to seek the services of a qualified physician who can recommend a way forward on how to treat this disease and return balance to the body. Once the balance is restored, the life force can flow again effortlessly, and a person can be considered healthy again.
Practicing both yoga and Ayurveda can be very beneficial to a person. Some of the benefits of combining the two include:
- One is able to prevent disease-causing imbalances by regularly practicing yoga for balancing the elements
- The improved general quality of life which is as a result of a healthy life
- Mental clarity, especially when combined with meditation.
- Proper understanding of the human psyche and this can lead to better relationships with people around us.
In conclusion, proper guidance should be followed by a qualified person who has knowledge of both worlds. It is recommended to also consult a doctor in cases where illness persists.