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Ayurveda for Yoga Teachers

Resource Page for You to Ritualize Holistic Practices

If you are a yoga teacher or dedicated practitioner, designing a routine with Ayurvedic practices may help you connect to balance and harmony within body and mind. 

Yoga and Ayurveda go hand-in-hand; they each equally encompass the healing discipline embraced through the body.

Ayurveda is the practice of rejuvenation, and yoga is the practice of purification. 

Together, they create a deeper awareness and alignment within the body through the best movement practice, diet, and overall understanding of the individual’s constitution.

This page is for yoga teachers and students who are curious and passionate about ancient holistic practices that treat the mental, physical, emotional, and bliss bodies. 
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History and Definition of Ayurveda 

Ayurveda is an ancient Vedic practice and one of India’s oldest medicines, originating more than 5,000 years ago. In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means ‘The Science of Life’ and is the sister science of yoga.

Also called the Mother of Healing, Ayurveda’s practice is rooted in the prevention of illness through balance and reflection on each individual’s diet, thoughts, relationships, environment, and activities. 

The ultimate aim of Ayurveda is to seek, create, and maintain balance; when we’re in a state of equilibrium, inner harmony is achieved.

Embody Ayurveda—

Ayurveda Yoga Collection

Just as everyone has a unique fingerprint, each person has a particular pattern of energy—an individual combination of physical, mental, and emotional characteristics—which comprises their constitution. This constitution is determined at conception by a number of factors and remains the same throughout one’s life.” – Dr. Vasant Lad, The Ayurvedic Institute. 
The Ayurveda Collection contains yoga and meditation classes that help balance the three doshas.

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Interviews with Ayurveda Therapists

We interviewed three Ayurveda Therapists and one Japanese Acupuncturist who provided recipes, tools, and simple practices, to help you learn more about the body’s physical and subtle energy systems.

In this interview with yoga teacher, author, and Ayurveda Therapist Ali Cramer, you’ll discover more on: 

  • The five elements and how they relate to the doshas.
  • How to nourish the doshas and rules for living Ayurveda.
  • Aligning with the seasons and Yama Damstrao
  • Why we seek things that throw us out of balance.
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In this interview with yoga teacher and Ayurveda Therapist Insiya Finn, you’ll discover more on: 

  • Comfort foods versus nourishing foods.
  • Ayurveda to heal from postpartum.
  • Dinacharya; honoring ritual through Ayurveda.
  • Simple practices to do every day to be in optimal health.
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In this interview with yoga teacher and Ayurveda Therapist Maria Garre, you’ll discover more on: 

  • Tips to stay healthy during covid.
  • Ways to strengthen our digestive fire and optimize gut health.
  • Cooking for various constitutions; a Tridoshic perspective on meals.
  • Teas to drink every day to pacify each dosha.
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In this interview with TCM Practitioner and Japanese Acupuncturist Alix Jean, you’ll discover more on: 

  • Traditional Chinese versus Japanese Acupuncture.
  • Fascia; what it is and why it’s important.
  • How emotions correspond to the body’s organs.
  • Common injuries related to stress.
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3 Quick Takeaways:

  1. Mariam Garre’s Nasya technique. Nasya is an Ayurvedic practice of massaging oil inside of the nose. Nasya also supports mucosal immunity.
  2. Maria Garre’s recipe for Trikatu with equal amounts of dried ginger, black pepper, and long pepper.
    Combine those three ingredients in equal proportions and make a mixture.
    Take a little Trikatu with honey on a spoon during the rainy season and put it in your mouth with a bit of warm weather to wash it down. It’s great to take after you eat as a little dessert, which will burn anything in the GI tract.
  3. Insiya’s simple practices to start the day:
  • Splash the face with cold water.
  • Scrape the tongue to remove the previous day’s accumulation of toxins from the tongue and stimulate the digestive system.
  • Drink a cup of warm water with lemon.
  • Light abhyanga massage with sesame oil. 
  • Yoga practice, even if it’s five sun salutations or seated poses, twists, something to get the energy moving. 

Clara’s Morning Chai Recipe

“I love this tea for heating my body and stimulating my Agni, spiritual and digestive fire.”
– Clara Roberts-Oss.
  • 5 black tea bags
  • 5 cardamom pods
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tbsp whole black pepper
  • 2 tbsp chopped ginger
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup/honey
  • 2 cups of (almond) milk
  • Grind up the spices with a spoon.
  • Bring 6 cups of water to a boil and add spices and ginger.
  • Set to medium heat and boil for 10-min.
  • Turn off heat and add tea bags and steep for 5 min
  • Add milk and sweetener

Ayurveda Quiz

In November 2020, we sent out an Ayurveda Quiz that received over 1,000 responses!
We gathered some of the data from the quiz to explore how the Ayurvedic constitutions are present within our global community and examine the multifaceted ways we experience stress and celebrate emotions. 

The infographic captures the quiz results and the solutions to living a more harmonious lifestyle by understanding each dosha. Your constitution varies from moment to moment; what you’re working with today may differ from how you felt yesterday. Ayurveda teaches us to examine the internal and external factors contributing to our lifestyle—from what we eat to the weather outside and how we interact with those we love. 

The quiz and all results were gathered to shed insight on how to live an Ayurvedic lifestyle. Please consult an Ayurvedic Doctor to learn more about your constitution and how to work with your results. 

Ayurveda Infographic

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