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Yoga is part of ayurveda
Yoga is mentioned in ayurvedic texts such as the Charaka Samhita. Yoga is important for dissolving physical stress and calming the mind before meditation, and is central to dinacharya, the ayurvedic routine. It is the ideal ayurvedic exercise, because it rejuvenates the body, improves digestion, and removes stress.
Yoga literally means “union” or “to join together” in Sanskrit. It has the same root that gives rise to the English word “yoke,” as in “to yoke together,” and refers to the union of body, mind and soul. Yoga helps the mind become stronger by connecting the mind with the Self, the Atma.
Both yoga and ayurveda have their origin in the Vedic tradition of India, and both are a means to gain better health. Yoga and Ayurveda are sister sciences, and we gain the most benefit when we practice them together. In India, it would seem silly to practice one without the other – like wearing your left shoe and not your right!
Yoga is good for everyone
It benefits us both mentally and physically. According to Ayurveda, there are certain poses which are recommended because they are especially balancing for each of the doshas.
Yoga balances all three doshas, and different poses have different effects. Forward bending postures cool Pitta dosha. Twists are good for Kapha because they stimulate digestion. Backward bends are heating, and thus balancing to Vata types, as long as the person has the strength to do them. Yoga postures tone every area of the body, and cleanse the internal organs of toxins, which is one of the goals of ayurveda.
- Vatas do well with poses (also called asanas) that are grounding and calming: Sun salutation, Lotus, Lion, Tree, and Triangle are examples.
- Pittas benefit from poses that are cooling and relaxing. For example: Moon salutation, Half Moon, Boot, Fish, Bow, and Tortoise.
- Kaphas do best with asanas that are energizing and releasing: Downward Dog, Upward Dog, Handstand, Shoulder Stand, Plow, and Camel.
In Sanskrit “prana” means “vital life force.”
Sanskrit words have many layers of meaning, and prana also means “breath.” In Vedic philosophy, prana is an energy comparable to the Chinese term “Qi.” In Ayurveda and Yoga, we are taught that prana flows through a network of subtle channels in the mind and body called nadis. Prana in its most subtle form is in the movement of breath, but prana (vitality) is also found in blood and other body fluids.
Pranayama is the practice of conscious breathing. Breathing exercises help to move energy through the body mindfully for supporting all life functions.
Have you tried meditation?
Ayurveda recognizes meditation as one of the most powerful tools available to help us restore balance in our mind and body. In this journey of silence, we experience a deep sense of peace and relaxation. This practice reduces the stress that often triggers the imbalances that lead to health problems.
“Primordial Sound Meditation” originates from an ancient practice from the Indian culture. In this technique, a personal mantra or sound, determined by the time and place of your birth is silently repeated. This Primordial Sound quiets your mind, and soothes your body and soul. Primordial Sound Meditation is easy to learn and does not require any specific belief or change in lifestyle.
There are many types and ways to approach meditation. The key is to begin and find what works best for you. Ayurveda recommends a practice of 20 to 30 minutes to start and end your day but begin with a shorter period of time and increase gradually. Time spent in silence or with nature helps to keep the doshas in balance and can greatly improve your overall well-being. Ayurvedic researchers have found that meditation increases longevity and quality of life.
Keeping your mind and body in a state of balance is an ongoing commitment to your health. The Ayurvedic practices may seem unfamiliar or a bit awkward at first, but this science of living, having survived for over 5000 years, brings with it the tools for health, beauty, increased energy and vitality. Try it, you’ll love it!
How? Poses to unify the mind and the body, to balance each of the doshas
Why? For dissolving physical stress and calming the mind before meditation
When? Tuesday, Thirsday, Friday and Saturday from 7:30 to 9:30 am + Tuesday, Thirsday and Friday from 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Where? at Villa Kerasy or on a private beach along the Gulf of Morbihan
Who is conducting the class ? Marie-Christine Briard
Rate: Solo: €60/hour, Duo: €89/hour
Yoga classes are held outside the hotel, with our partner Marie-Christine Delahaye