Ayurveda & Yoga
Yoga and Ayurveda is grounded in the physics of the five elements – ‘PANCH MAHABHUT’
The five elements are:
- Prithvi (earth)
- Jal (water)
- Agni (fire)
- Vaayu (air)
- Akash (free space)
All of which compose the universe, including the human body.
Ayur means life and Veda means knowledge or science, so the literal translation is “The Science of Life”. It is based on the one fundamental principle that health is the natural state of an individual as long as his/her body and mind are in harmony with nature (environment). Disease is the outcome of disharmony. Ayurveda is different from other health care systems in that it places emphasis on prevention at the root causes, instead of dealing with symptoms. Ayurveda emphasizes on the importance of food as our medicine, along with yoga, pranayama, meditation, herbal medication, and the cleansing, rejuvenation and detoxification of both body and mind.
Yoga combining pranayama, movement, and meditation. It has been shown to improve circulation and digestion, and to reduce blood pressure, cholesterol levels, anxiety, and chronic pain.
Ayurveda stresses a balance of 3 elemental energies, called DOSHAS:
- VATA – (air+space; movement)
- PITTA – (fire+water; bile)
- KAPHA – (water+earth; phlegm)
According to ayurveda, these three doshas are impotant for health because when they are in a more balanced state the body will function to its fullest and when imbalanced the body will be affected negatively creating diseases. These doshas act on the body tissues known as DHATUS. The waste products are MALAS. Different Bio-physical & Bio-chemical reactions are regulated by these three doshas. Mainly kapha does anabolic functions, pitta does ketabolic functions and vata does nervous and hormonal functions.
It is believed that building a healthy metabolic (anabolic+ketabolic) system, attaining good digestion and proper excretion leads to vitality. Ayurveda also focuses on yoga, meditation and massage. Thus body, mind, and spirit need to be addressed both individually and in union for health to ensue.
Yoga Teacher Training at Chandra yoga combines Ayurveda & Meditation techniques
Chandra Yoga International offers both 200 hour Yoga beginner and 300 hour advanced level yoga teacher training courses. Our Yoga Teacher Training Courses provide a deep understanding of theoretical and practical knowledge, fully preparing students to be inspiring yoga teachers. Upon completion of the training programs, the participant will be able to register as a teacher with the Yoga Alliance, the most widely recognized international yoga organization. The yoga teacher training courses are immersive, residential programs which include accommodations, meals, and classes in meditation, philosophy, asana, and anatomy, among other topics.