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March 24, 2019

Yoga as Science

Yoga and Ayurveda. Sister sciences.

Yoga: Designed to help one achieve optimal health

Ayurveda: Known as the science of life

Yoga teaches us flexibility and strength on the mat, so we can infuse it into our lives off of the mat.

Ayurveda teaches us how to cultivate balance in the world, as we strive to live in harmony with nature and align with our true core.

Through both practices, one is able to adopt a lifestyle that connects us to our unique natural state. This is where we begin to align our body, mind, and spirit on a deeper level.

Getting Unstuck

Yoga and Ayurveda work best when practiced consistently. It makes us conscious from what we eat, to who we surround ourselves with, and the way we show up in the world.

When we embrace a regular yoga practice, we clean our physical body and remove deep knots of tension that can hold unconscious patterns.

Blocks in our lives are created through our unconscious patterns. Our patterns and our conditioning keep us stuck and held in our comfort zones.

Both practices encourage us to look at our habits and bring our unconscious to the surface.

When we bring our patterns into a conscious place we can reveal all that is holding us back and can make the changes that are necessary to create more awareness in everything we do.

Releasing Resistance

Yoga and Ayurveda invite us to adapt to an ever-changing world and learn to balance all the different energies that are swimming around us.

The more we practice and begin to peel back our layers, the more we can begin to understand the nature of our mind and the deep unconscious seeds rooted inside.

Both Ayurveda and yoga require us to face any resistance that arises.  As we do this inner-work and explore what is underneath, we create deep awareness around the root cause of any tension or lack of stability within. This often shows up as anxiety or depression. Yet, once we can bring the awareness to the surface, we can discover the power to let go of and learn to create more harmony within.

Deep Healing Through Practice

For most of us, our breathing is unconscious throughout our day. When we are stressed, our breath quickens, which creates throws our nervous system into a state of fight or flight. This is the state in which our body perceives our life is being threatened. Blood is pushed to our extremities, giving our physical body an illusion of increased strength or the ability to run from danger. While this helps us with short-term survival, over time, can become addictive and wreak havoc on our nervous system. Regular stress leads to anxiety, which can lead to injury, and ultimately disease. Stress that is stored in our muscles, cells, and tissues, can create deep tension and negativity in our mind and bodies leading to sickness and disease.

The opposite of fight or flight is called rest and response. Both of these sciences explore the nervous system how to elicit this state. And in the state of rest and response is where the system can begin to repair. However, while stress can come on in mere seconds, the healing response state can take anywhere from 20 to 60 minutes, depending on the intensity.

Adopting a combination of self-care practices such as yoga, meditation, deep relaxation, time in nature, pranayama, restoratives, and a healthy diet can help offset the damage. Above all, minimizing stress will increase moments of rest and repair state, which creates deep healing in the body and mind.

This is how we can experience greater health and more vitality and live in harmony with life.

When we connect to this response on a regular basis, it can change our mental patterns, which leads to more inner peace.

The Cure for Most Dis-ease

Ayurveda and Yoga teach us that opposite cures.

When something is out of balance, we attract more of what is keeping us there, such as poor diets, physical stagnation, and high levels of stress.

When we practice the opposite of unbalance, we develop a deeper sense of calmness and self-love that ultimately leads us away from negative habits.

Through regular self-care practices, we are able to calm our minds by finding balance in our lives. With more balance comes more ease, which ultimately leads to less stress and deep healing.

Ayurveda and yoga teach us to look inside and connect to what feels good in our heart and soul. When we experience unease or dis-ease, we split from who we are, meaning we are living from our unconscious patterns and old beliefs that can connect us to fear. On the other hand, when we experience contentment, we are connected to our heart and soul, which leads to deep fulfillment and positivity.

Transformation Through Science

Embarking on a journey of yoga and Ayurveda is a simple one, but it’s not easy. Patience, dedication, and devotion are required

And while this requires our full attention, wouldn’t you say it’s worth it?

The results are slow but, if we stay the course, the results can be transformative and guide us to a source of unlimited potential.

 

 

Joan Hyman

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