Yoga and Ayurveda

yoga-universeLife ( Ayu ) is the combination of body , senses, mind and reincarnating soul.

Ayurveda is the most sacred science of life, beneficial to humans both in this world and the world beyond.  

-Charaka Samhita , Sutrasthana, 1.42-34 

The Science of Self-Realization and Self-Healing

Yoga , going back over five thousand years , is one of the few spiritual traditions that has mantained an unbroken development throughout history.Comprehending all aspects of the human being and the world of nature, it can unfold all the higher powers that are accessible to us both internally and externally.

Yogic methods include all methods of higher evolution in humanity  :  physical postures,ethical discipline,breath control, sensory methods,affirmations and visualizations,mantra and meditative disciplines.Yoga is first and foremost a science of Self-Realization.It teaches us how to move from our outer bodily and ego-bound identity to our immortal Self that dwells within the heart.And provides the key to all spiritual development , which in the Vedic sense is gaining knowledge of our true nature beyond time,space,death and suffering.

Ayurveda is a science of Self-healing aimed at relieving the diseas of body and mind. Ayurveda shows us how to attain optimal health not for outer enjoyment but to provide a wholesome foundation and sufficient energy to pursue the yogic quest.

Today , in our world most people identify yoga with the phsical postures or asanas that are the most evident side of the system.Yoga asanas can afford a good doorway into the vast temple of yoga and they are the entire sturcture.

The physical side os ayurvedic healing through diet and herbs is only a part of system.Its inner aspect , healing the subtle body and the mind (which includes yogic practices and meditation ), is the other part.Yoga as therapy or exercise was traditionally prescribedin an ayurvedic context.Classical yoga therapy was ayurvedic both in thery and in application.

The combined study of Yoga and Ayurveda is of great importance of each discipline and for helping understand the whole of life.

-from Yoga & Ayurveda , David Frawley

1 thought on “Yoga and Ayurveda”

loren

David Frawley is great. Reading one of his books was what single handedly got me interested in Ayurveda.

Here’s another quote that I read recently:

“Because we cannot scrub our inner body we need to learn a few skills to help cleanse our tissues, organs, and mind. This is the art of Ayurveda.”
― Sebastian Pole, Discovering the True You with Ayurveda: How to Nourish, Rejuvenate, and Transform Your Life

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