April 21, 2013

Ayurveda Made Simple.


Do you know your dosha?

Ayurveda is India’s ancient system of health and healing. The word Ayurveda has been translated in many different ways including: “knowledge of life,” “science of longevity” or “art of living.” Ayurveda is very complex but many of us associate Ayurveda with the doshas, Pitta, Vata and Kapha. Ayurveda teaches that each individual possesses certain characteristic physical and mental traits that are fixed at the moment of conception and persist throughout that individual’s existence. One’s constitution is expressed in terms of these three doshas. Most of us are bi-doshic: the one dosha that influences us most strongly is followed closely by a second dosha whose affect is almost as pronounced. The constitutional type is an expression of the organism’s energy-flow strategy, in all realms of existence.” ~ Dr. Robert E. Svoboda

Along with diet and lifestyle, the practice of yoga asana can help bring balance to the doshas. Ashtanga brings warmth and fire to the Kapha constitution to increase energy and reduce lethargy. It brings heat and sweat to the Vata constitution to allow the release of toxins through the skin and foster stability of mind. Ashtanga brings breath awareness to the Pitta constitution to cool the raging fire and bring peace to the mind. For all doshas, asana practice compliments the positive aspect of each dosha, while at the same time, teaches us what we need to do to come into balance: breath awareness, stoking the fire, slowing down, getting stronger, getting more flexible, doing more, doing less, realizing we are all the same, and that there is no difference…

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Awesome Editor: Jessica Walden

Cartoon guy: Boonchu Tanti,  Ashtanga Illustrations by Boonchu



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laportama Aug 27, 2014 10:06am

Yoga Chittavritti nirodha. (Sutras of Patanjali the Grammarian, I.2)
Yoga Chittavritti nirodha does not require any of this, as interesting and fun as it may be.

yogaclimber Aug 26, 2014 9:24pm

I've been doing a good deal of studying Ayurveda and how to find balance through an asana practice (as well as many other things), and I'm a yoga teacher. I firmly believe that one of the reasons there are so many different styles of yoga is because no one yoga practice is right for everyone. Unless you're talking about the 8 limbs of yoga outlined by patanjali, I don't believe ashtanga is balancing for all three doshas. It's most balancing for Kapha. It's too flowing for airy vata, and too heating for firey pitta.

Angelina May 13, 2014 9:58am

the link at the bottom to elephant ashtanga did not work, in case you didn't know. nice article =) thanks for sharing

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Yoga Comics

Editor: Jessica Walden began a daily yoga practice in 1994 and, over the last 12 years, has made several trips to Mysore, India, to study with Guruji, Sharath, and Saraswati. She is married to Andrew Hillam and a happy mother of two boys and one chihuahua.

Editor: Elise Espat first practiced Ashtanga Yoga with Guruji when she was living in NYC and has since made several trips to Mysore, India to practice with her teachers Guruji, Sharath, and Saraswathi Jois. A couple of years ago Elise and her husband moved to New Mexico where they enjoy spending time in nature with their little dog named Maple. Most mornings (except Saturdays and moon days) you’ll find Elise teaching at the Albuquerque Ashtanga Yoga Shala. She also keeps the blog www.aylibrary.blogspot.com

Cartoonist: Boonchu Tanti, an engineer who loves drawing cartoons, began a daily yoga practice since 2007. He has made several trips to Mysore, India to study Ashtanga Yoga at KPJAYI with Sharath since then. He now works and resides in Bangkok and draws cartoons as hobby during free time. Find his works at www.alliscoming.com