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Relationship between Yoga and Ayurveda

yoga and Ayurveda relation

Relationship Yoga and Ayurveda

Ayurveda and Yoga are the important part of Vedic science from thousands of years ago. Ayurveda and yoga are sister sciences that have been united or thousands of years for the sake of healing body, mind and soul. Generally speaking Ayurveda deals with the health o the body, while yoga deals with  purifying  the mind and consciousness, but in reality they complement & embrace each other.Ayurveda and yoga are both mentioned in the Vedas, which are old Sanskrit documents.

The ancient rishis/Scholars were the original masters of all vedic sciences. They understood that good health is great asset on path  towards self realization .It the body is neglected, it can easily become an obstacle to spiritual practice . Both yoga and Ayurveda are mutually supportive and offer  many ways to prevent & heal various disorders as well as to cleans and rejuvenate the body.When you blend the principles of Ayurveda with Yoga you greatly enhance the healing power of Ayurveda.Complete union of Yoga and Ayurveda only is the complete treatment

Ayurveda is a science of wellness for one’s health – both physical and mental – while yoga is the tool that people use to reach enlightenment and free their minds.  Besides shoring a philosophical foundation both systems have many similarities in relation to attitude, nutrition , diet & life style hygiene, exercise cleansing practices as well as spiritual practices. Both have inseperable relationship.

1     Ayurveda & yoga both are ancient vedic teachings, Yoga originates in Yajur veda while Ayurveda originates in Atharva veda & Rigvada

2     Both recognized that keeping the body healthy is vital for fulfilling the four aims of lie Dharma (Duty) Artha ( wealth) Kama (desire) & Moksha (Liberation)

3     Both recognize that the balance of doshas (humors), dhatus (tissues and malas (Waste  products ) is essential for maintaining good health.

4     Both share virtually the same metaphysical anatomy & physiology which consists of 72000  nadis (subtle channel) , 7 main chakras ( energy centres) , 5 bodily sheaths & the kundalini shakti (energy)

5     Both advocate use of diet Ayurvedic herbs, asana, pranayam, meditation mantra, astrology prayer, puja (worship) & rituals for heaving the entire being

6     Both encourage physical health as a good foundation for mental emotional & spiritual well being

7     Both share the same view on psychology .Ayurveda embraces all six of the main schools of philosophy including yoga sutras of patanjali  and Vedanta. They both understand that the attachment to the body  mind  complex is the root cause of all suffering and that the ultimate static of health is experienced when we abide in our true nature which is total peace, regardless of the state of the physical body

8     Both use cleaning methods for the body all of which encourage the removal o waste products and toxins through their natural routes o elimination Ayurveda has panchakarma (five cleansing actions )and Yoga uses shat karma (Six purification measures)

About the author

Dr. Ram Mani Bhandari

Experienced holistic doctor, healer, teacher, and writer
Specialized in Ayurvedic detox (Panchakarma)
Trained in India and Nepal, the original lands of Ayurveda
Graduate in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.) from the Institute of Medicine at Tribhuwan University in Kathmandu.
Professional member of Australasian Association of Ayurveda (AAA)
Owner of Sunshine Ayurveda

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