How Ayurveda Benefits Your Daily Life

BEST WAYS AYURVEDA BENEFITS YOUR DAILY LIFE

Ayurveda, known as the “Sister Science” to yoga, is an ancient science that is holistic in nature. It translates from Sanskrit to “The Science of Life”.

Having been around for over 5,000 years, the main focus of Ayurveda is to focus on your life in-between the emotional and physical self. One of the main beliefs is that the food we eat effects our overall well being, and can make us elated or miserable.

Essentially, we can be full of energy and vitality, or lethargic and run-down based on what we put into our bodies. This is known as the Sattvic approach.


What Is Sattvic?

First, Sattvic translates to ‘pure essence’ in Sanskrit. Sattvic is a diet based on foods recommended within Ayurveda, and is one of the purest diets you can adopt and supports you in being your best self.

This diet is designed to be holistic in nature, meaning it nurtures your mind, body, and soul, and therefore is a great support for your yoga and meditation practice.

Understanding that food is the fuel for our body, an additional benefit that coincides with this ancient practice is the clarity of the mind it gives us. Ayurvedic practitioners often report they can concentrate better, sleep better, and feel less anxious overall. Here are 5 ways Ayurveda can benefit your life on a daily basis.


1. You Are Encouraged to Love Yourself

Ayurveda encourages you to find the love in yourself instead of comparing yourself to other people. It wants you to understand that you are truly unique, and is designed so that you approach your individual life in the most tailored way possible. It encourages you to discover your individual needs, as well as grow, heal, and reflect on your life. 

Ayurveda consists of three main body types and personality characteristics, otherwise known as doshas. The three doshas are Vata, Pitta and Kapha, and while most people tend to fit one particular dosha, oftentimes people can be a mixture of two, with one dosha being more prominent. See below to see what dosha you are, via Mind Body Green!

Vata:

  • Creative, quick to learn and grasp new knowledge, but also quick to forget.
  • Slender, tall and a fast-walker, tendency toward cold hands and feet and discomfort in cold climates.
  • Excitable, lively, fun personality.
  • Irregular daily routine experiences high energy in short bursts with a tendency to tire easily and to overexert.
  • Full of joy and enthusiasm when in balance, responds to stress with fear, worry, and anxiety, especially when out of balance. Tendency to act on impulse, often have racing, disjointed thoughts.
  • Generally, have dry skin and dry hair and don’t perspire much.

Pitta:

  • Medium physique, strong and well-built.
  • Sharp mind, good concentration, orderly, focused, assertive, self-confident, and entrepreneurial at their best. Enjoys challenges.
  • Aggressive, competitive, demanding and pushy when out of balance.
  • Strong digestion, strong appetite, get irritated if they have to miss or wait for a meal.
  • Skin fair or reddish, often with freckles, sunburns easily. Uncomfortable in sun or hot weather, heat makes them very tired, perspire a lot.
  • Good public speakers, generally good management and leadership ability, but can become authoritarian. Subject to temper tantrums, impatience, and anger.
  • Typical physical problems include rashes or inflammations of the skin, acne, boils, skin cancer, ulcers, heartburn, acid stomach, insomnia, dry or burning eyes.

Kapha:

  • Easygoing, relaxed, slow-paced. Affectionate and loving, forgiving, compassionate, non-judgmental nature. Faithful, stable and reliable.
  • Physically strong and with a sturdy, heavier build.
  • Have the most energy of all constitutions, but it is steady and enduring.
  • Slow speech, reflecting a deliberate thought process. Slower to learn, but outstanding long-term memory.
  • Soft hair and skin, tendency to have large “soft” eyes and a low, soft voice.
  • Tend toward being overweight, may also suffer from sluggish digestion.
  • Prone to depression, yet gentle and self-sufficient. 
  • Excellent health, good immune system.
  • Very calm, strive to maintain harmony and peace in their surroundings. Not easily upset and can be a point of stability for others.
  • Tend to be possessive and hold on to things.
  • Doesn’t like cold, damp weather.
  • Physical problems include colds and congestion, sinus headaches, respiratory problems including asthma, allergies, and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

 

2. Offers a Nurturing Approach to Being Healthy

Ayurveda is all about understanding that healthy is your natural state. If you and your environment are in balance, that’s considered optimum health, and the opposite goes for being unbalanced.  For example, if you feel anxious or are suffering from health issues like constipation or generally lethargic-ness, it is simply a matter of being out of balance. Imbalances are not an overnight occurrence, so you do have time to prevent or slow down the process of imbalance. When you know what’s causing you to feel out of whack, you can simply refer to the suggested foods to eat or avoid according to your dosha to start the process of coming back to your proper state of balance.

 

3. You Get a Greater Understanding of Your Place in Life

A principle of Ayurveda is that we are a part of nature. Nature has five elements which include:

  • Space
  • Air
  • Water
  • Fire
  • Earth

These elements, their behavior, and the interaction they have in your life is a big deal in the practice of Ayurveda. For example, Air will show up up in your body and mind as high energy and forgetfulness. Fire will manifest in your body and mind as inflammation, digestion, and anger. Earth relates to your bones, your stubbornness towards something and loyalty towards others. Once you recognize what elements show up most prominently for you, you can assess what dosha you are and can then work towards optimum balance.

 

4. We Learn to Clear Up Energy

In this day and age, we often need to recalibrate our mental and physical settings. As ever-changing beings, it’s important to reflect and clear out what isn’t working for you and your life. This makes room for new things. Cleansing the system with a Ayurvedic-based diet, and cleansing the mind with things like meditation and yoga on a regular basis will allow you to recalibrate with greater ease, and greater access inner peace.

 

5. It Provides a Full Circle Philosophy

Ayurveda reminds you that you’re much deeper than your skin. There is an essence to you, and an energy that can light up the world. Ayurveda will continue to remind you that you are more than just muscle and bones, but you are also a spirit which embodies the elements. While the health benefits will positively impact your physical self, it also brings together your mind, body, and soul and keeps balance within it all. You will begin to really see and feel that healing begins from within, starting with the food you put in your body.


Ayurveda is a great way to live your life, and can be adapted to suit your lifestyle as well. You can be as all in as you want, or just cherry pick and take from it what you want.

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The 7 Best Yoga Styles for Beginners – What They All Mean!

Best 7 Type of Yoga for Beginners

So, you’ve heard about yoga and you’re thinking about getting into it, but a quick google search shows a bunch of different types of Yoga, and now you’re overwhelmed. This article will help break it down a little for you!

Yoga can be used for a variety of reasons, but let me first explain to you the 7 best yoga types for beginners. As beginners in this domain, it is good to obtain an understanding of the different branches of yoga, to help work out one that you might be interested in trying out.

So lets dive right in and take a look at some different types of yoga, and what they’ll mean for you!


Hatha Yoga

What is Hatha Yoga?

Hatha Yoga is the most commonly known form of Yoga. If you refer to Yoga without specifying the type or branch, then you refer to Hatha Yoga. The word Hatha translates to force. This branch of Yoga focusses on posture exercises, also known as asanas. The asanas are typically aligned with nature or some animal or bird forms.

For a beginner, the asanas or postures can be somewhat difficult to achieve. These postures are needed to be held for some time. Hatha Yoga classes are a slower-paced class in which you would hold poses longer. In order to improve the postures, you will need to keep practising some of the simple postures before moving onto more advanced ones, just like anything in life. Once you begin to retain these postures without difficulty and have focussed breathing, you will realize the true benefits of Hatha Yoga.

What are the benefits of Hatha Yoga?

Some of the key benefits of Hatha Yoga are:

  • You will notice a physical change in your body. Your muscles will be toned better.
  • You will increase your feeling of happiness and wellbeing.
  • You will feel more relaxed due to controlled breathing.

Yoga for Beginners - Hatha Yoga


Iyengar Yoga

What is Iyengar Yoga?

Iyengar Yoga is another well-known branch of Yoga. This branch of Yoga is derived from Hatha Yoga. It was developed by B.K.S. Iyengar and is named after him. Mr. Iyengar died at the ripe old age of 95, so he was definitely doing something right!

Iyengar Yoga focusses on the alignment of the body to a particular posture. It also does not stretch the limits of your body. Props, such as yoga blocks, or ropes, can be used in Iyengar Yoga. The sequencing of the poses is very specific and needs precision to be followed. The timing to hold the pose is also longer, so this is also another slow-paced class.

Below is a video that provides further details on Iyengar Yoga.

What are the benefits of Iyengar Yoga?

Some of the key benefits of Iyengar Yoga are:

  • Improve your physical condition and psychological health.
  • You will get rid of your postural issues.
  • You will be able to release emotional tension.
  • Also notice a positive increase in your energy.

Yin Yoga

What is Yin Yoga?

To understand Yin Yoga, one must know the concepts behind Yin Yang. Yin Yang is a Chinese concept of showing how complementary opposite ideas are needed to complete a whole. It is a duality that represents our universe. Hot & Cold and Male & Female are a duality; the same principle applies with this branch of yoga.

Let’s apply the yin-yang concept to our body. Yin represents the stable, fixed and hidden part of the body. This is the stiff connective tissues such as the tendons and ligaments. Yang is the changing, moving, and visible part of the body. Yang is the mobile and pliable muscles and blood.

Yin yoga is a meditative practice that is slow-paced when the postures or asanas are held for a longer period of time. This can be from 45 seconds to 2 minutes if you are a beginner. While the more advanced practitioners can hold the poses for more than five minutes.

In a yin yoga class, the poses are mostly performed on the floor and focus on the inner thighs, pelvis, hips, and lower spine.

What are some benefits of Yin Yoga?

  • Calms and balances the mind and body.
  • Reduces stress and anxiety.
  • Increases circulation.
  • Improves flexibility.
  • Releases fascia and improves joint mobility.
  • Balances the internal organs and improves the flow of chi or prana.

Bikram Yoga

What is Bikram Yoga?

Bikram Yoga was designed by Bikram Choudhury in the 1970s, who brought the practice to California from India. A Bikram Yoga class consists of the same twenty-six yoga postures and two breathing exercises. It is ninety minutes long and done in a room that is 105 degrees Fahrenheit with 40% humidity.

Its started to become more popular in the last few years, and is probably another you might have heard about.

You can read more about Bikram Yoga in my detailed article here


Ashtanga Yoga

What is Ashtanga Yoga?

Derived from a Sanskrit term, Ashtanga means “Eight Limb path”. Most people consider Ashtanga Yoga as the traditional style of Indian Yoga. This form of Yoga includes a very demanding sequence of postures or asanas. Ashtanga Yoga starts with five sun salutation A’s and five sun salutation B’s and then goes into a series of standing and floor postures.

Sri K. Pattabhi Jois introduced Ashtanga Yoga to the United States in the early 20th century. The Yoga is usually without music and sometimes performed in silence. There could be no verbal instructions provided too. It’s a yoga that skews more to the advanced yoga practitioner.

What are some benefits of Ashtanga Yoga?

  • Improves your body strength. Makes your muscle well toned.
  • Relieves tension from the body.
  • Helps manage stress.

Vinyasa Yoga

What is Vinyasa Yoga?

Again a word from Sanskrit, Vinyasa translates as “to place in a special way”.  This refers to the placement of the yoga postures. Vinyasa Yoga is derived from Ashtanga Yoga which you read about a short while ago. This is a very popular form of Yoga that is now taught in most places around the world. The Yoga focussed on the movement that is coordinated with your breath. You tend to flow from one pose to another, almost similar to a dance or tai-chi.

Vinyasa yoga has become very popular due to what looks like flowing movements, and pleasant music.

What are some benefits of Vinyasa Yoga?

  • Helps you burn calories.
  • Contributes to well-toned muscles.
  • Helps relieve stress.

Anurasa Yoga

What is Anurasa Yoga?

Anurasa Yoga is a modern form of Hatha Yoga that was developed by John Friend in 1997. The word Anurasa is derived from a Sanskrit word and means ‘flowing with grace’, ‘following your heart’, and ”flowing with nature’.

This form of Yoga was hit by a major scandal due to which John Friend had to leave the founding organization. Anurasa Yoga now has very few teachers associated with it. However, it’s still a good type of Yoga to know.

What are some benefits of Anurasa Yoga?

  • Helps improve mental and physical aspects of your wellness.
  • Makes you feel more energetic.
  • Also makes your body more flexible.

7 best Yoga for Beginners – Conclusion

That concludes my article on the 7 best Yoga for beginners. No matter what you aim to get out of Yoga, you will find a branch that is useful. Feel free to try our the Yoga branch that you think works best for you. Let me know in the comments section, which Yoga branch you choose and why.

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