Yoga and Ayurveda often go hand in hand, if you take a look at the Ayurveda retreats featured on this site you will quickly notice that yoga also features on many of the programmes, but what is it about the two that sees them paired together so often? Besides both originating in India many, many years ago, there are actually plenty of other ways in which the two disciplines bear similarities and complement each other. While each practice is distinctly different and has its own unique functions, the two also overlap in many ways which make them couple together so perfectly, here are just a few of them.
As already stated both Ayurveda and yoga originated in India, but more than that they also both stem from the same system of Vedic knowledge which dates back thousands of years. Born of the same ancient scriptures, it is to be expected that the two practices will have much in common, with the underlying principles and belief system behind them being the same.
The philosophy and methods behind yoga and Ayurveda are both similar, with the two systems both relying on natural means to achieve their aims. Both are based upon individuals being in tune with their own bodies and using natural methods to promote wellbeing. In Ayurveda you are required to identify your constitution type and then make lifestyle changes and/or undergo certain holistic treatments that will be able to achieve balance between the doshas (the internal energies that act within us all) and our environment. Meanwhile in yoga there is a similar focus on using natural methods, with yoga involving the physical movement and stretching of our bodies along with quietening the mind and being at one with the world around us to achieve its results. Ultimately, both focus on utilising the power of nature and being in tune with our own bodies and surroundings to see the best results.
The goal of both practices is ultimately the same; they both wish to aid you in becoming a balanced and healthy individual. Both are holistic methods which see an individual as healthy when the mind, body, and spirit are all balanced and in harmony with the world around them. While the techniques they use may differ, both ultimately result in the same outcome, and in fact can be used to make each other more effective. Certain yoga poses are thought to impact the different doshas as well as aid digestion which is an important part of Ayurveda, meanwhile certain Ayurveda treatments such as warm oil massages make it easier to perform certain yoga poses. While both techniques alone promise great results, when the two are combined the sense of wellbeing you will feel will improve even more.
The best way to truly experience and understand the connection between yoga and Ayurveda is to try them both. As previously mentioned, there are plenty of retreats that offer both practices within the same programme, with the best ones being those carried out in India itself. We love the Swa Wellbeing programme offered by SwaSwara, as well as the Personalised programme at Vana Malsi Estate where your programme, which will include Ayurvedic treatments and yoga, will be tailored to your individual needs upon arrival.
If you are interested in trying a yoga and Ayurveda retreat get in contact with one of our experts on 020 7843 3597 or enquire here.