Why Every Asana Practitioner Should Study Ayurveda

Ayurveda takes the philosophical outline of Sankhya and applies it to the art of living, stretching its reaches beyond the confines of ascetic practice to the real world of relationship, career, conflict and even technology.  The gunas (tamasrajas and sattwa) and the five gross elements (earth, water, fire, air, ether) converge to explain doshas, or individual constitutions.  This provides a basic categorization process to everything from body type to spiritual practice, disease, human cravings and proclivities. One of the most revered teachers of Ayurveda, David Frawley, writes,

“We now recognize that our health cannot be separated from what we eat, what we do, and what we think. Ayurveda provides us with a system for understanding the energies and qualities that are set in motion by our daily living practices, so that we can use them to counteract or prevent the imbalanc

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