¿Cómo integrar ayurveda y yoga? | Guía práctica de Yoga y Ayurveda

¿Cómo integrar ayurveda y yoga? | Guía práctica de Yoga y Ayurveda


There are practices that
you can adopt directly, you should adopt from
Ayurveda directly. One of them is waking up early in
the morning, in the Brahmamuhurtha. This is something that
yogis should do probably, to wake up before sunrise, and then ayurveda talks about cleaning the eyes first, then cleaning the nose
with some medicines, cleaning your mouth, and then application
of oil in your body, and then, the shower. The oil is perhaps no
practical everyday, but showers or taking a bath is something which we
certainly should do everyday. When it comes to how you should take
a shower, how you should take a bath, in Ayurveda itself, they give you the qualities of the bath, because the bath
is supposed to be refreshing. It supposed to make you
feel more invigorated, It supposed to bring up
your digestive capacity, so it could give
you good appetite, and then, there are specific qualities mentioned for taking
cold bath and hot bath. So, cold bath is supposed
to wake you up more. It is supposed to
invigorated you more. Warm bath is supposed
to relax you more. The general rules are that warm baths
are maybe better than cold baths, but if you are are using
warm water to bath, you should use warm
water below your neck. Not above the neck. Above the neck it
has to be room temperature or cold, These are guidelines that you can follow, that any yogi should follow. If you are taking warm
bath do not put it too hot, and stand underneath because
there will be developing problems as eyes problems and maybe
skin problems, hair problems, If you are taking showers, make
sure you use the warm (water) till your neck and above your neck is
always good if you room temperature water. Again, coming to the
yogi aspect of it, if you look at the yogi
texts, they have got these indications, these
suggestions, these guidelines, for what we should it, when we should
start our practice, They also say that the yogis
should not do things that, de-pleased prana too much. Because, basically, this is your
energy that you try to conserve. With Yoga you are trying to bring
together all these catter energies, and then you are trying to
focus and to penetrate the existence itself. That is what a yogi
is trying to achieve. So, because you have to be very
careful how you spend you energy, You should not be taking things
which takes so much of this energy. So, in this context itself, you should not be doing
things like waking up too early in the morning and
taking extremely cold baths. You should not be
travelling long distances. You should not be
keeping company of women. You should not be,
generally, being of the party type. You should conserve your
energy to the maximum. And all these things, if you go in the morning and take a very cold bath and the water is
cold, very cold, So, if you are doing
a yoga practice, there are people who say that
this is a satvic thing to do, go and take a bath in the
river early in the morning, But, if you are an active
person in yoga that maybe that energy that your
body is going to spend trying to get yourself warm
again, after such and extreme bath, that energy will be better
spent in meditation, or maybe in some other practice But, again, for the practical purpose of,
you know, if you are going to a yoga class how you should bath. The best thing to do is
wake up early and then take a shower at the
room temperature. At least with water
that is not too warm, that wake you up for
the yoga practice. When you come to your practice,
do your asanas, do your stuff, go back and then have
a warm water bath. Because that carry over the
effect of the Svanasana also. It help you to relax your body more.
It help you to release all your
tightness in your body. While you are having that hot water bath, the second part, is that you should take care not
to use hot water above your neck. You should ideally wait some
time after class (to take a bath) to normalize you body temperature. Sudden shift of
temperature of the body most probably will lead to a
dosha aggravation of some sort. So, it is better to normalize you temperature
first and then do the next activity. After the yoga class, your
temperature will raise again, so, if you need to
drink, take warm water. Water that approaches
your body temperature. Instead of drinking cold water very fast,
not at room temperature and very fast, which can lead to a dosha aggravation. So, the idea is to do everything
not going to the extremes, ans stay somewhere
in the middle, to balance out of everything. Because yoga and ayurveda
their both balance. When you accept for a
direction , you are supposed to experience or at least try to accept
some other direction, even in asanas. You are supposed not to
go with the flow even if joy that experience or
sorrow that experience. The same with Ayurveda,
you are trying to balance all these qualities of
Vata, Pitta and Kapha. So, you have to be in equilibrium. There should not be any sudden
thing which can possibly cause a choke.