Yoga and Ayurveda for Everyone
While Yoga and Ayurveda have evolved side by side as sister sciences,
their original aims vary slightly.
Yoga has been primarily concerned with liberation of the spirit.
In the case of Hatha Yoga, physical postures (asanas) as well as internal
cleanses, bandhas and breathing techniques are used as a way of keeping
the body supple and health. In this way the practitioner can more readily
practice meditation and otherspiritual practices - without the distraction of
physical aches and pains -leading to a greater likelihood of liberation and
Ayurveda is also concerned with the soul's freedom, but its primary focus
is to maintain physical health within the body and mind.With this aim, a
philosophy has evolved, which includes the use of herbal medicine
(including commonly used kitchen herbs), dietary advice, Yoga asanas,
cleansing & breathing techniques and body treatments such as massage.
Yoga practitioners can benefit from having an awareness of Ayurveda.
The Shakti Spirit Trainings and Retreats aim to educate participants about the
foundations and practical approach of both Yoga and Ayurveda - and how to attain the
maximum benefits from both.
When we practice Ayurveda and Yoga fully, we become more in touch with ourselves, including
our bodies, thoughts and feelings, and begin to feel more integrated. On a physical level we gain
strength and flexibility.
Our bodies become more balanced and our natural healing ability is enhanced. If we are doing
something that is putting us out of balance, we get the message sooner. Our internal organs
are squeezed and massaged in a way that invigorates them with fresh blood and oxygen.
We help the body to eliminate toxins through sweat, through the skin and through keeping
the digestive system toned and healthy.
On a mental and emotional level we experience more alertness and a greater clarity of mind.
It is not uncommon to feel more open and spontaneous. As we begin to see who we truly are,
beyond past habits and conditioning, we have an opportunity to lead more authentic,
creative and empowered lives.