Ayurveda & Yoga
The Wisdom for Wellness and Transformation from Ancient India
Surapsari, Certified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor and RYT-200 Yoga Instructor
Everyone aspires to the same goals in life. We want to be healthy, happy, and fulfilled. Ayurveda and yoga show us the way to achieve sacred balance in the body, mind, heart, and spirit, which leads to physical and mental wellness, contentment, bliss and self-realization.
According to ancient Indian (vedic) philosophy, every human-being as well as all existence in the universe consists of the five great nature elements of Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Either/Space. In Ayurvedic view, these five elements combine in pairs to form three primary life forces called doshas. They are; Vata (Air contained in Either/Space), Pitta (Fire contained in Water), and Kapha (Water contained in Earth). The three doshas govern all of our physiological and psychological functions; Vata for coordinating the sensory, mental, and nervous systems and motor orientation, Pitta for promoting all chemical and metabolic transformations, and Kapha for providing nourishment, substance, and support. Imbalance of the doshas leads to disease and psychological disorder. One or two doshas usually dominate in an individual and contribute to unique personality and physical characteristics. Understanding our individual constitution based on dominant doshas tremendously aids us to stay healthy in the body, mind, heart, and spirit.
Yoga is the crystallized wisdom from the Himalayan sages who wholeheartedly pursued oneness with the Divine and developed the systematic approach toward this goal of self-actualization. Yogic methods include moral disciplines, physical postures, breath control, sensory control, and meditation. Learning and practicing physical postures (asanas) is a great way to approach Yoga, as we generally identify with our body. By being fully conscious of breath and direction of energy in each asana, we can unfold the kinetic wisdom stored in our body, which supports us throughout our spiritual journey.
Ayurveda and Yoga are sister sciences that developed together from vedic philosophy and beautifully complement each other. Ayurveda shows us how to attain optimal health which is required to pursue the yogic quest. By incorporating the both practices into our life, we can discover our true nature which is the embodiment of love and peace.
"Our class of five attended the introduction to Ayurveda Workshop in October, 2012 with Surapsari as our teacher. Her extensive knowledge and easy manner inspired our group to learn more. We did not leave that day until we had a commitment for another class. In learning what dosha type we are means we can better understand ourselves and what methods and resources are best suited in our approach to ongoing wellness. Personally, I look forward to attending more of Surapsari's wellness workshops in 2013. After raising a family, taking care of elderly parents and retiring from a very busy career - it is my turn. A friend once passed on a favourite saying "When you are ready to learn, a teacher will appear". Thank you, Surapsari and many blessings."
Lisa Vollmar, Ontario, Canada