Ayurveda Made Simple.

Via Yoga Comics
on Apr 21, 2013
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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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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


14 Responses to “Ayurveda Made Simple.”

  1. adventurousandrea says:

    What a creative way to explain Ayurveda!

  2. Ann says:

    There are no women in Ayruveda?

  3. earthnotes91 says:

    Yes, a female version would be nice!

  4. Ramani says:

    oh mannn…Ayurveda would generally NOT recommend an ashtanga practice which was historically meant for young teenage boys and not every single person in the world. The only person that might benefit from such a practice is a kapha person and only then in moderation… Your concept of how it balances all three doshas is completely misinformed. Comic indeed.

  5. sanfranshakti says:

    I echo Ramani's comments. No one type of yoga is for everyone. Even a beautiful practice like Ashtanga Vinyasa. Definitely best for Kapha.

  6. ester says:

    Well. I am vata and pitta and it works for me (and a lot more vata's as I can see among buddies)

  7. Angelina says:

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

  8. climberyogi says:

    Typically a vata, while they may feel calm after after an ashtanga practice, would want to balance their vata-ness instead of adding more air and ether to it. A more grounding, slightly core building, less flowing, less water element spilling practice is very balancing for a vata.

  9. yogaclimber says:

    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.

  10. laportama says:

    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.

  11. laportama says:

    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; it is probably counterproductive.

  12. Frank says:

    and even then one must be careful. Too much sweating/physical exertion as a lot of asthangi's do is not reccmended at all for anybody-according to Ayurveda that is.

  13. Frank says:

    hatha yoga DOES reuqire Ayurvedic knowledge. Patanjali predates any of this, it does not apply to this, you do not know what quotes your dropping and where it fits in. Plus there is no evidence Patanjali of the sutras was the grammarrian. Do some more study buddy..

  14. Frank says:

    Actually, the whole idea your professing is backwards. every body should follow seasonal regimes with how they practice their yoga. ONLY if there is an imbalance would you treat with a dosha specific practice. Same goes for diet. This is a huge misconception thrown around everywhere. Good luck with your studies!