Yoga and Ayurveda

What is Ayurveda – It means the “Science of Life”, said to be 40,000 years old with written text about 6,000 years old. It is based on holistic approach, on how to live a balanced life as imbalance causes disease. It can be used for preventative health as well as improve quality of life by regular “detox” of body and using the knowledge of “rejuvenation”.

We use diet, lifestyle, herbs and massage and other treatment protocols, to remove stress and bring “balance” in the body and mind.

Ayurveda for Yoga Practitioners

Yoga and Ayurveda are two interrelated branches of the same Vedic tradition and form a complete approach for optimal health, vitality and higher awareness. Each has its unique place and function, but each overlaps into the other on many levels.

Yoga originates in the Yajur Veda, while Ayurveda originates in the Atharva Veda.

Both Yoga and Ayurveda are based upon the principles of trigunas (sattva, rajas and tamas) and the panchamahabuthas (earth, air, fire, water, space). Yoga and Ayurveda both have similar understanding of how the body works and the effect that food and medicines have on the body.

Knowledge and use of Ayurveda into yoga practice provides for the full healing application of all aspects of Yoga, providing a diagnosis and treatment in harmony with yoga’s philosophy. Ayurveda provides the appropriate diet, life-style, and herbal recommendations for yoga practice, as it has the same background of healing potential of all aspects of mind body and spirit, as that of yoga. This combination of Yoga and Ayurveda also provides the basis for a real dialogue with modern medicine addressing not only specific therapies but also the real causes of disease and how to maintain health and well-being in society.

Both Yoga and Ayurveda call for the regular practice of pranayama and meditation as well as the use of herbs, body purification procedures, food and chanting of mantras for physical and mental health. In yoga, the body purification procedures have been explained as ‘Satkriyas’ whereas in Ayurveda there are ‘Panchakarma’ procedures for “spring cleaning”.

Yoga and Ayurveda both teach us about the body, breath, senses, mind, chakras and the soul. We also learn methods to work on them through diet, herbs, asana, pranayama and meditation.

Combining Yoga and Ayurveda offers a complete system of well-being for body, mind and consciousness.

If you are a teacher and practitioner of yoga, this one day workshop will introduce you, or provide a refresher for you about how Ayurveda can support you in advancing your yoga practices for self, and help your students. You will learn the basic concepts of doshas and gunas, how ama in the body will affect your yoga practice and what to look for in a good Ayurvedic diet for enhancing Ojas. You will learn about how to fine tune asana practice with your body type and more.

You will also earn 3 CPE points from this workshop if you are a member of Yoga Australia and 6 hours of CPE for ANTA. You can combine it with 4 week short course “Learn Self Health Care with Ayurveda” starting 30th July.

Course offered – Ayurveda and Yoga

Date 12th July

Time 10 am to 4 pm

Cost $185

Place 10/22 Shields Crescent, Booragoon 6154

Ayurveda Awareness Centre is a training organization and health practice. We offer education as in short courses, seminars and workshops, health practice includes Panchakarma treatments for detox and rejuvenation, for spring cleaning of body and mind, supply herbal oils, herbs and wellness programs advising on meals and lifestyle for preventative health.

Neerja Ahuja, Director and Principal Consultant, Adv. Dip. Ayur., MA, Grad. Dip. Computing, has been teaching and practicing Ayurveda since 2001, specializing in diet/ lifestyle management and Ayurvedic panchakarma detox treatments, and owns and operates Ayurveda Awareness, a clinic and offering courses in Ayurveda, in Perth, WA. Contact or 08 6262 2274

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