The sister sciences of Yoga & Ayurveda are inextricably linked and have complemented and enhanced each other since their inceptions. While practicing one without the other is beneficial, it is similar to eating a nutritious diet without exercising – an incomplete approach to health. The synergistic union of Yoga & Ayurveda brings a holistic approach; this combination is as inseparable as the five elements interacting in nature. The ancient practices of Ayurveda support a foundation of strength, vitality and longevity of body and mind. Yoga, then takes us onward toward the path of Self-realization. Yoga provides the key to spiritual development which is the knowledge of our true nature. Together, Ayurveda and Yoga provide the insight for each person to create a way of life in harmony both with the world of nature and our higher Self.
Ayurvedic Yoga is personalized for each individual. Practicing yoga tailored specifically for your constitution brings you back to your natural balance. According to the principles of Ayurveda, like increases like. Therefore, you may be drawn to a yoga practice that will increase the gunas (qualities) that are already predominant in your nature which is contrary to what is naturally balancing. Ayurvedic Yoga provides the means to modify your yoga practice based on your individual Prakruti (innate constitution), Vikruti (current constitution) and the three doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha). Ayurvedic Yoga is an all encompassing practice which is equally applicable for beginners and seasoned practitioners of yoga.
AYURVEDIC YOGA CLASSES
Initial Individual Ayurvedic Yoga Consultation
After understanding the individual’s unique constitution, a yoga sequence will be created to balance the energies in the body and mind. Since yoga acts upon the subtle energies of the body, it is the quickest way to readjust and regain one’s natural state of health. Ayurvedic Yoga is a part of a holistic approach which also includes, but is not limited to, diet and lifestyle modifications. An individual class includes a health assessment to determine your Prakruti (innate constitution) and Vikruti (current constitution) followed by a customized summary of an Ayurvedic Yoga flow sequence.
Individual Ayurvedic Yoga Class Options
Each individual is balanced by certain asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (yogic breathing techniques). Therefore, each class is customized based on how the person is feeling that day, the season, current diet and more. Private classes are usually held once per week. The intention of this practice is to provide a format for the participants to tailor their yoga classes to their needs using simple Ayurvedic Yoga modifications. These tools can be implemented into the student’s current studio yoga practice or personal home practice. A sequence of four classes is often sufficient to learn the custom sequence. Ten packs are also available for those who prefer to continue Ayurvedic Yoga on an ongoing basis.