Ayurveda and Yoga are ancient sciences born in India. In fact, Ayurveda is the sister science of Yoga.
Ayurveda and Yoga in modern times
Western medicine is great for trauma. Break a leg? Go to the ER. You’ll usually get good results.
However, most suffering today is from lifestyle disease. Ayurveda is great for this because it focuses on the root cause, not the symptoms.
Many ailments that can’t be cured easily with Western medicine can be with Ayurveda.
Sometimes Ayurveda takes a while to work. Western medicine is fairly quick. But Western medicine works at the latest stage of disease and comes with side effects. Once you’re healthy and follow the Ayurvedic way, you’ll stay healthy.
And when you couple Ayurveda with yoga? It’s downright magical.
How to teach Ayurveda with Yoga
What is Shanti Yoga School’s approach to teaching Ayurveda?
We cover the basics quickly. You need to start with a solid foundation.
But the basics are not sexy. We want sexy.
After providing base knowledge of Ayurveda we delve into how it can be used day-to-day by you and your students in today’s world to solve today’s problems.
Here’s an example.
Applied Ayurveda and Yoga
Say you’re in an arid environment. Think Arizona. You feel like a raisin. Your tongue is dry. Joints aching and cracking. Your skin is sandpaper caverns.
Ayurveda teaches us that this is vata – or, the wind. The wind strips away moisture. And that’s what an arid environment is – devoid of moisture. Makes sense so far?
We teach you what you can do to counteract this windy, drying effect.
What to eat: sweet, sour, and salty foods.
And what to avoid eating: bitter (leafy greens), pungent (i.e. heating volatile oils: black pepper), and astringent (i.e. drying: apples, sprouts) foods.
You’ll learn specific techniques to quickly alleviate the effects of the arid environment.
Perhaps rubbing some coconut oil on your joints can help alleviate the aches, pops, and dryness? You bet it can. At the same time it moisturizes that dry skin, too.
Some of this may sound obvious. But we often overlook simple solutions. We want pills. And modern solutions. We think the answer is complex and expensive. Often it’s not.
Using what you’ve learned
Learning a new subject can be dry (pun intended). At Shanti Yoga School our aim is to teach you new concepts in a way that will help you solve real problems.
We want you to take what you’ve learned and share it with your communities. Go ahead. Teach what you’ve learned. And make the world a better place.
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