By Lissa Coffey
Yoga and Ayurveda are regarded as sister sciences. Both originate as part of a greater system of Vedic knowledge. Yoga originates in the Yajur Veda, while Ayurveda originates in the Atharva Veda and the Rig Veda.
Both yoga and ayurveda are based upon the principles of the elements: space, air, fire, water, and earth. Yoga and Ayurveda also encompass an understanding of how the body works and the effect that food has on the physiology.
Both yoga and ayurveda advocate for the regular practice of breathing exercises, pranayama, and meditation, as well as the use of herbs, body purification procedures, food, and the chanting of mantras for physical and mental health. The two overlap in many areas, they complement each other, yet they each have their unique place and function.
According to the classic Vedic texts, the difference between the Ayurveda and Yoga is that Ayurveda was originally created specifically for health and healing purposes, while Yoga was created as an inner spiritual practice. While Ayurveda is the only healing system in Vedic teachings, all of the Vedic teachings involve some form of Yoga practice.
When you practice Yoga, it is always good to practice Ayurveda too. In India, Ayurveda and Yoga are /always practiced in tandem. A person would never think of doing one without the other – it would be like wearing your left shoe without the right one! Through Yoga, our goal is to increase awareness, centeredness and emotional intelligence, and bring about the blossoming of consciousness. The Ayurvedic diet & lifestyle routine contributes to this aspect. The food guidelines of Ayurveda, in turn, help us attain maximum benefit from yoga. The lifestyle recommendations in Ayurveda exert a positive influence at the mental level as well, which enhances yoga practice.
Exercise is just a small part of Yoga philosophy. I’ll show you much more about the philosophy of the four yogas, or paths to your purpose, in my