Ayurveda and Yoga are children from the same mother. These are the oldest sciences and the mother of all healing systems. Ayurveda has been used for five thousand years in India for healing purposes and forms the medical side of yogic science.

Complete healing requires Ayurvedic and Yogic practices like diet, herbs, exercise, lifestyle changes, yogic practices and meditation. Any missing element can lead to incomplete healing.

Often we constrict our understanding of Yoga to asanas. In comparison, the essence of Yoga is aiming for self-realisation. At the same time, Ayurveda is the science of optimum living that aims toward attaining a perfect body and mind.

So, let’s see how you can practice Yoga to enhance your Yoga practice and teachings.

Ayurveda For Yoga Instructors And Therapists

The practice of Ayurveda will improve your personal journey towards holistic and spiritual healing and make your service more lucrative and comprehensive for your clients.

Here is how you can understand the bodies of your clients and help them holistically:

Body Constitution And Imbalances

The first step in Ayurveda is understanding the Doshas, or the energy principles formed by combining the Panchamahabhutas.

  1. Vata (ether and air)- This dosha is movement-focused
  2. Pitta (Fire and water)- It is transformation-focused
  3. Kapha (Water and Earth)-  This is cohesion-focused

Every person is born with a combination of these Doshas, forming their ‘Prakriti’. And this Prakriti doesn’t change throughout a person’s life and defines their structure, affinities, function, and tendencies.

A disbalance or ‘Vikriti’ occurs when Doshas go out of balance. Proper insights into the various Doshas can help you guide the client in the right direction concerning their routine, exercise, diet, and other Yogic and Ayurvedic practices they can follow!

Orientations Of Mind

The practice of Yoga and Ayurveda dwells deeper than just the body, into the mind and then further to self-realisation. According to the Vedas, the mind has three orientations.

  1. Sattva (balanced, clear)
  2. Rajas (ambitious, restless)
  3. Tamas (Dull, Lethargic)

Yoga and Ayurveda both focus on cultivating the Sattva mentality to meditate better, increase mental sharpness, and deal with emotional and psychological disorders.

Ayurvedic Yoga uses these frameworks of Vikriti, Prakriti, and Gunas frameworks to understand a person’s challenges and state to help them advance on their journey to self-realisation and holistic health.

How To Customise Your Yoga Classes To Accommodate Ayurveda?

Firstly, you need to engage your patients in a one-on-one session and analyse them based on the Prakriti, Vikriti, and Gunas framework.

Then forwarding to group classes, you can customise the sessions according to season and constitutional differences and discuss their specific contraindications for imbalances. You can change the routine accordingly.

Insights into Ayurvedic Yoga will make you ponder questions like Does a specific Pranayama increase Agni? Or if any asana must be done with what pace, standing, or sitting?

For example, sun salutations will be done faster for Kapha and slower for Vata.