Ayu - Flow combines Ayurvedic principles into the yoga sequence. A beautiful way to respect your constitution and get deeper into the subtle layers of the healing process.
Ayurveda means “knowledge of life” and is the art and science of keeping the body and mind balanced and healthy. Yoga is the practical side of these teachings while Ayurveda is the healing side. In practice, both paths overlap and it is difficult to separate their philosophies. By applying both principles to the individual person, Ayurveda and Yoga can greatly enhance the wellbeing of all our many aspects.
Balance and hence good health, stem from the subtle energies of the body, and both Yoga and Ayurveda can balance these energies on all levels - physically, mentally, emotionally, intellectually, and consciously.
We are all multi layered, as often referred to in the teachings of the Koshas, or sheaths of existence, so it makes sense that healing must be directed to the individual make up of our constitution. Our unique constitution, known as prakruti, is determined at the moment of conception. According to Ayurveda, this universal life force manifests as three different energies or doshas, known as vata, pitta and kapha.
The three doshas constantly fluctuate according to our environment, which includes diet, the seasons, climate, our age and many other factors. The current state of these three doshas is known as our vikruti, and determines our unique state of balance or more likely “imbalance” at any one time. As the doshas move out of balance they affect particular areas of our bodies in characteristic ways. As we work with the doshas as a way of enhancing our health and well-being we need to know which is our dominant dosha (or more often which 2 doshas are dominant), and also to determine whether there is a particular imbalance that we need to rein in. Vata, Pitta and Kapha all have different characteristics. Vata which is made up of air and ether, can be likened to the wind. It is said to be light, dry, cooling and capable of movement. Pitta is made up of fire and water. It is hot, light and neither too dry nor too moist. It does not move on its own, but can easily be moved by the wind (vata). Kapha is made up of water and earth, which combine like mud. Kapha is heavy, moist, cool, and stable.
Understanding our prakruti and vikruti offers each of us the potential to make correct life choices both in our Asana practice and in the routines that we choose to maximise our health. In Ayurveda, “like increases like” and “opposites heal.” Any disturbance within the mind and body affects our health. The healing Science of Ayurveda, combined with the practical tools of Yoga can guide us in our life choices to keep the biological forces in balance, enabling the mind and body to be healthy.