Yoga and Ayurveda go together like macaroni and cheese. It just makes sense. When I first started practicing yoga I fell in love pretty quickly. I initially loved the idea of movement. Obviously I love to move my body but what really intrigued me was the lifestyle it provoked. Aside from showing gratitude everyday for the physical opportunity to practice asana, yoga’s philosophy is basically centered around the idea to just be a good person. If this world needs more of anything it’s good people. I thought why wouldn’t I want to live this way.
I had practiced yoga on and off for a few years, having always been passionate about exercise I just looked at it as such, like most people do. When I first learned about Ayurveda I immediately started practicing yoga almost everyday. Something just clicked, I felt like I was choosing to worship my body in all the ways I always wanted.
Yoga consists of 8 limbs or chapters we can call them. These chapters give detailed descriptions on how to follow the path of Dharma and find your truth, enlightenment, soul’s purpose. People have many different names for it but to me it always meant I would believe in the world I was living in and let it guide me. It meant never overthinking or second guessing if I was in the right place, or making the right decision. Yoga became my prayer as I started devoting my practices to what I believed in. “Please allow me to speak only words of kindness, think only good of others and gain all the knowledge of the universe”.
Ayurveda showed me how to bring these vows off the mat and into my kitchen, my job, my friendships and my mind. By nourishing my body and living with all that nature intended I felt the connection I had long been seeking. I’m not sure if this makes sense but to me, Ayurveda has brought the ability to see the whole world into everything I do. Everything. When I think of how I want to live my life it is only to give thanks to the creators of this magical science. When brought together Yoga and Ayurveda are my Karma, my Bhakti, my Jnana and my Raja in one.