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How Yoga Practitioners can Integrate Ayurveda into Yoga Practice

Mar 27 2018 by Manmohan Singh Category Exercise & Fitness Views

Be enlightened of the many health benefits of the Ayurvedic health discipline that can also complement and enhance one’s yogic persuasions in the long run

Inspired to benefit on a comprehensive scale from your daily yoga practice? You might want to throw in some lifestyle checks and balances as well as the goodness of Ayurvedic health measures into the mix. 

The ancient ‘science of life’ Ayurveda is based upon a philosophy that runs alternatively to modern medicine. There are no over-the-counter, harmful side-effect inducing drugs in Ayurveda for quick fixes, but a whole lot of self-sustained natural means to maintain precaution against disease and be health-positive in everyday habits. 

Just as in yoga, Ayurveda takes an integrative approach in harmonizing the body, mind, senses, and prana by helping one select food according to her biochemical physical constitution, heal with herbal elixir instead of chemical drugs and by building wholesome habits. Ayurveda is inspired the same way as yoga to look inward rather than being occupied with external material reality. Therefore, you will be wise to incorporate Ayurvedic health food, nutrient-retentive culinary technique, Ayurvedic spa with herbal decoction for rejuvenation, and detox routines while moving deeper into the yoga life. 

Here are some Ayurvedic practices to include in your day-to-day life—

Rise at First Light

Grow past the night owl routine that the millennial choose for a lone time and romanticizing dark hours. Ayurveda codifies the values of a timely everyday routine in which one’s activities could be synced with the movements of the sun. This teaching of Dinacharya especially highlights waking up at first light for enabling one’s reception of sun’s vitality.

The moment of first light is Brahma Muhurta, appropriate for delving into self-search and meditation that brings perfect knowledge and eternal bliss. Just as the sun rays spread across the horizon bringing into clarity even the darkest nooks of the earth, the luminescence reaches our minds too. 

This is the time for performing the Sun Salutation, facing the source of our light on earth. If you can utilize this special hour, the benefits of yoga and meditation will come to you more completely.

Nasya for Cleansing the Sinews

Nasya is the Ayurvedic method of flushing the sinuses of toxins by inhaling herbalized oil. Since toxin accumulation in Ayurveda is seen as the gradual process from which all possible illness and disease eventually stem, the science has invested much in formulating ways to flush out such polluting elements from different parts of the body. 

Conducting Nasya is easy, possible without any first-hand guidance just with the help of a nasya flux for the intake of the purifying oil inside the nasal cavity. However, you may want to attend an Ayurveda and Yoga Teacher Training in Kerala to understand better how this process works for the wellbeing on a physical-mental level. The oil absorbed in this manner also reaches the sagittal sinus, which are lymphatic vessels in the brain, flushing it of contaminants. 

Research tells us how the congestion of lymphatic vessels in the brain can result in mood disorders and consequent physical illness. But with Ayurveda, one can easily take control of cleansing the region with Nasya, routinely. The routine will also help you feel more aware, clear-headed, and focused on your yoga sessions. 

Prepare Kitchari for Body Cleanse

Kitchari is a cherished Indian dish full of Ayurvedic gastronomical benefits. It is at the same time energizing for the taste buds and purifying the inner body. The dish is basically a mishmash of more proportions of dal or pulses and a lesser proportion of rice. A whole palate of different spices from cumin to turmeric, ginger, and garlic go into the mix and the aromatic oil base of ghee. You can add green vegetables like kale, spinach, or cabbage to increase the nutrition value, other spring vegetables like tomato and carrots are also welcome. 

The recipe is ideal for your days of detox and inner cleanse. Don’t forget to include lots of herbal coolants before and after your kitchari meal to stay hydrated. 

Self-Massage by Abhangya Technique

Abhangya or Ayurvedic herbal hot oil massage can be easily self-administered. Follow this routine to pamper yourself before bath, thus making your body supple for yoga and also benefit from its therapeutic effects. 

There is something about Ayurveda that germinates self-love and care, this quality coupled with the core strength development of yoga will make you a person stronger than you know.