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Once I asked an ayurvedic doctor concerning the partnership between yoga exercise as well as ayurveda. His easy description was, “Ayurveda is the science and also yoga exercise is the practice of the science.” I have been a medical expert and also Sri Yoga teacher for over 10 years now. It has been inescapable that the method of yoga exercise has led me to recognize the science of ayurveda much more and the query into the ayurvedic scientific research has inspired me to exercise Yoga.

Yoga and ayurveda are inseparable sis. Both stem as part of a better system of Vedic expertise (just what I would call as the nurturing mommy). Yoga originates in the Yajur Veda, while Ayurveda stems in the Atharva Veda and Rig Veda.

Both yoga and also ayurveda are based after the principles of trigunas (sattva, rajas as well as tamas) and the panchamahabuthas (earth, air, fire, water, space). Yoga exercise and also ayurveda likewise encompass an understanding of how the body jobs (Dosha-Dhatu-Mala/ humor-tissue-waste material theory) and also the result that food as well as medications have on the body (Rasa-Veerya-Vipaka/ taste-energy-post digestion effect concept).

Both of these sciences have 8 branches: Ashtanga yoga and also Ashtanga ayurveda. The 2 have a typical understanding of health of the body depending on the wellness and also equilibrium of the mind. They share essentially the very same esoteric anatomy and also physiology, which consists of 72,000 nadis (subtle channels), 7 major chakras (power centers), five bodily sheaths and also the kundalini shakti (energy).

In therapy, both yoga and ayurveda proponent for the regular method of pranayama and meditation as well as the usage of natural herbs, body filtration procedures, food as well as chanting of rules for bodily as well as mental wellness. In yoga exercise, the body filtration procedures have been discussed as ‘Satkriyas’ whereas in ayurveda they are called ‘Panchakarma’.

Both acknowledge that keeping the body healthy and balanced is crucial for fulfilling the four purposes of life: dharma (task), artha (wealth), kama (wish), and moksha (freedom).

It is rather a discovery to see exactly how yoga as well as ayurveda are related. For me, as a yoga exercise coach, the experience of unveiling the magic of ayurveda can be summarized in this one little expression:

Yoga is a Yummy, Organic, Great, Adventure!

Exploring Ayurveda


For the love of food, I wished to discover more regarding why I am drawn in to specific foods, how do I feel when I eat them, what offers me cravings, as well as what does not appeal at all … This ‘yummy’ initiative is what led me to recognize ayurveda more. As you might popular, ayurveda embraces the principle ‘ahar’ referring to food. Sri Ayurvedic physician, Abhishek Kumar, shares that the kind of food that we take and also the foods one need to prevent is identified by your prakriti (fundamental body constitution). These options, alongwith the way of life we lead, takes initial top priority over which ayurvedic medications are prescribed.

Yoga usually promotes a diet plan that is sattvic (light and pure) in nature, ayurveda enters into excellent detail in considering which foods stabilize one’s constitution (baseding on ‘dosha’) and also categorizes food baseding on six preferences (wonderful, sour, salted, bitter, pungent, astringent).


Yoga is thought to be an all-natural means of recovery. The standard principle of ayurveda is based upon the shloka: “Yat Pinde Tat Brahmande” (from the Puranas) which implies that the microcosm amounts to the macrocosm. Simply puts, whatever is within us, in our cells, is comparable to that which is in the world. This understanding triggered an overwhelming feeling of appreciation in me, recognizing that every element of nature has the responses to great health.

Dr. Farhad Dastur, a social researcher and also evolutionary psycho therapist, eloquently explains this understanding mentioning that “the love given by the dirt, the rain, the air, the sun … is limitless considering that entered developing the plants that we consume.”


Great for me, suggests wealth … in practicing yoga, there is an unavoidable development of feeling, being and also acting more positively to the self, culture as well as the environment. Ayurveda sustains this concept of greatness, diving into the details of knowledge on how one can practice their day-to-day regimen (dinacharya) as well as countless treatments for maintaining excellent health and prevention as well as therapy of illness. What impresses me, is that, frequently, nature offers us ideas regarding what it is good for. The herb that is used to treat bones and also joints actually looks like bones as well as joints of the body as well as there are several similar examples.


The course of yoga is an experience into the unknown. For me, this definitely connects to my experiences in purifying processes. In my training, jal nethi (an old approach used for sinus irrigation), shankarprakshalan (a thorough cleansing method) were an absolute journey in obtaining to understand the limits I had in enabling my body to detox. Venturing into the world of body purifying, I familiarized and understand the ayurvedic body purifying procedures called Panchakarma.

Experiencing these therapies was an incredible ride.

I hope that you, too, will take advantage of the magnitude of mother Vedas and also uncover this gorgeous sis relationship of yoga exercise and also ayurveda.

( Currently based in Canada, Babeeta Chhabra teaches The Art of Living’s Sri Yoga exercise and also & Sri Natya training courses. Obviously, she is enthusiastic concerning yoga exercise and ayurveda!)