Ayurveda and Yoga
Ayurveda and Yoga are two bodies with one soul and one objective. While Ayurveda takes care of the body’s health, Yoga aims at purifying the mind and consciousness, Together they compliment each other to work in tandem towards the goal of self-realization that cannot be achieved without good physical and mental health.
The ancient Indian seers who were the pioneers of all the Vedic sciences advocated that spiritual enlightenment is the highest stage of human life. If a person has perfected his body physically, he would be able to perfect his mind and eventually his soul and spirit. A neglected body and an unstable mind can never take a person to his spiritual peak.
Similarities between Ayurveda and Yoga
- Both Yoga and Ayurveda have evolved from the four ancient Vedas. Yoga finds it origin in Yajur Veda and Ayurveda has originated in Atharva Veda and Rig Veda.
- Ayurveda and Yoga, both recognize the importance of a healthy body and mind in fulfilling the four aims of human life – Duty(dharma), Wealth(artha), Desire(Kama) and Liberation(Moksha).
- Both advocate the importance of balance and harmony between Humors(doshas), Tissues(dhatus) and Waste Products(malas) for maintaining good health.
- Both Yoga and Ayurveda work on the same metaphysical physiology and anatomy of 72,000 subtle channels (nadis), 7 main energy centers (chakras), 5 bodily sheaths and energy (kundalini shakti).
- Both Ayurveda and Yoga embrace the same views on psychology and philosophy.
- Both encourage the cleansing of the body from all toxins and waste products through the natural routes of elimination. Ayurveda does it through Panchakarma and yoga does it through Shat Karma