Ayurveda (Sanskrit for ‘the science of life’) has its roots in ancient India and as a complete medical system designed to improve health and harmony, works in perfect partnership with our yoga practice.
Just as we have a unique fingerprint, we also have a unique constitution which is derived at conception and stays the same for the remainder of our lives. Once we know what our constitution or ‘dosha’ is, we’re able to use this intelligence to enhance our natural qualities and support areas of our life or yoga practice that may be lacking due to imbalance. From the point of view of Ayurveda, all illness or dis-ease stems from an imbalance in the mind and body, and can be easily remedied with lifestyle changes.
Ayurveda sees health and wholeness as a state of equilibrium between the five main elements – air, water, earth, fire and ether. Too much fire in our system (an excess of heat) can lead to short tempers, an emphasis on rushing through poses, or even burn out. Too much of the earth element and we may feel sluggish and lethargic, unable to get onto the mat in the first place, while too much air tends to result in anxiety, sleeplessness, skittishness or a lack of commitment to practice. Over time, a little imbalance which we might not have thought to study can become the cause of illness or dis-ease, and left unchecked, disrupts the natural flow of life that the body, mind and soul naturally seek.
Through a series of fun questionnaires about our physical, mental and emotional characteristics, we’ll learn what our dosha is and how best to balance the interplay of these elements through mindful yogic practices – breath-work, posture and lifestyle habits such as our diet, sleeping patterns and behaviours.
The beauty of Ayurveda is that it teaches prevention rather than a cure and with the right knowledge, we can tune into a deeper understanding of where imbalances lie and make simple lifestyle changes so as to live in peaceful alignment with our true nature. Knowing when and how to balance the elements is a vital key to maintaining health and wholeness, but if we’re unsure of what our constitution is and therefore what our needs really are, we might not be practicing or living in a way that supports our unique dosha.
Join Ellie to find out and step onward on your journey of self enquiry! The results are often life- changing!
This workshop will include fun and informative enquiry so we can establish what our dosha is, as well as physical yoga practice that helps to support and integrate our learning.
Open to all levels of yoga experience.
This workshop costs £25 and must be booked online.
Sunday 10th November 12.45pm-2.45pm