Man is subjected to far greater stress and strain today than any other time in history. Technological and economic advancement has created a pace and lifestyle with which an individual cannot keep pace. It is true that some people are more prone to these stresses than other, but no one is immune. Stress effects all parts of the body and mind and can lead to both physical and psychological disease. If stress is effecting your life, this is for you.
The terms Veda and Yoga always go together as knowledge and practice. Ayurvedic Yoga is inherently a Yoga, which implies a system of internal balance, integration and the development of higher awareness. It is not to be confused as a “style” of yoga but rather a practice born of the Ayurvedic tradition. It is the union of both the sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda and founded on the scientific principles of Tri-dosha. Its aim on a therapeutic level is to bring the elemental forces of air, fire and water into balance and, with its spiritual counterpart, its aim is in cultivating a higher level of consciousness. Therefore all practices contain Five Main Components essential to achieving a perfect balance. Postures (asanas) provide the foundation for each class combined with various breathing (pranayamas), mantras (sounds) and concentration (dharana) techniques all to prepare the student for a final state of relaxation and contemplation in meditation (dhyana).
Note: There are specific yoga postures, breathing, meditation for each dosha and its balance and imbalanced state.
In addition to asana, Ayurveda teaches certain relaxation techniques in conjunction or independent of treatments.
Yoga Nidra is a powerful technique in which you learn to relax consciously. It is a systematic method of inducing complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation.During the practice of Yoga Nidra, one appears to be asleep, but the consciousness is functioning at a much deeper level of awareness. It is the threshold state between sleep and wakefulness allowing the nervous system to relax completely.
Restorative Yoga is a powerful healing practice that inherently releases layers of tension in the body.By using gentle, supported postures we induce a state of allowing. Allowing the body to let go and relax. When we shift from having our body work hard to allowing the body to work with us, self-regulation beings. Self-regulation allows the nervous system to being to find a balance, the muscles to release tension, the organs and spine to function more efficiently and the mind to relax.
Meditation and Pranayama- A Personal Ayurveda Journey
Vedic sages say the vital breath is an outer expression of prana, which is the bridge between the body, mind and soul. Prana is the life force and one of the sub-doshas of Vata. It is the reason that consciousness stays in the body and the manifestation of prana is breath. Consciousness is the source, prana the force and breathing the act.
Pranayama means controlling the life force with awareness. Ayurveda uses different pranayamas for different treatment modalities and, in some way, is always a part of the lifestyle prescription.
Meditation is not a technique as much as a personal process that is unfolding. there is a deep connection between awareness, consciousness, the mind and the breath. thinking is the psychological aspect of thinking. There are many meditation techniques and Ayurveda states that all of them have value but it does prescribe certain techniques depending on the dosha and the imbalance.