When we think of yoga in the West, we are generally referring to hatha yoga, which is only one branch in ... (continued)
Chareita Smit, The Netherlands
Dear Mr. Aadil Palkhivala,
Thank you for the information given regarding the interaction between Yoga and Ayurveda. I always tell my students to stretch their spinal column within the natural curve and then to do all asanas.
Your tips regarding the dosha's I will certainly incorp in my classes as it makes sense and people do move accordig to their doshas.
I would love to see more of your writing in the Yoga Journal.
Note to the editor: I wouldn't mind to see more normal models (petite, chubby, old, male) than the average (skinny, female) models you use.
Thank you Mr. Aadil Palkhivala, as a teacher I try to always remember to bring back the meaning of yoga, to my self specially. Your article open me more about Ayurveda, to aknowledge dosa type of my student. Thank you.
By the way, would you mind to ask Yoga Journal to to give bigger portion for men. Some time the cover, the model and the article. I would like to write about 'andropouse' or if some one write it, it would be very interesting for men.
namaste from bali
Always beliving all yogas are one, I teach Taichi, Qigong and Internal alchemy. I run into students who love and hate what is offered. What guides me is internal and an unscripted way of teaching whoever is present in class. There are those like Pat Spallone who might be nervous about delving deeper into the guts of yoga. I teach the guts of Chinese Yoga and I know I can't always please all of the students all of the time, but I tell my students to translate into their own perceptions what I am offering so it doesn't break from their own boundaries. Nothing is assimillated fully in ONE lesson and often it takes hundreds and/ or thousands of lessons.
Thanks - this article by Aadil Palkhivala explains Ayurvedic terms within the text very helpfully for me, which gives me a foundation on which to understand the message and argument.
For Pat, this may answer your question in part, hope it helps! Yoga and Ayurveda are two paths intertwined so closely that an understanding of both is a huge boon to the practitioner of either. Ayurveda is the art of keeping the body and mind balanced, whilst yoga is the art of preparing the body and mind for the eventual liberation and enlightenment of the soul.
Both disciplines spring from the ancient Sanskrit texts the Vedas: yoga is the practical side of the Vedic teachings, while Ayurveda is the healing side. If you are interested in finding out more about Ayurveda to enhance you yoga, I very much enjoyed "Perfect Health" by Deepak Chopra, very accessible, very enlightening!
Very insightful article. I have been practicing yoga for many years and had been teaching for more than 5 years before I went into manic depression 2 years ago. I lost confidence to share and teach since than. I felt that if I am not able to restore balance to my own imbalance mind and body states, I have no business teaching others. This article is certainly very helpful for me to tailor my practice to my recurring highs and lows. I am very grateful to come across this article.. Thanks....
an absolutely 'balanced' article!. I totally agree with the fact that the practices we do should not be technically balanced, rather they should balance us. It has been my constant thrust during teaching Satyananda Yoga. Thank you Adil. I always enjoy your articles.
Dear Yoga Journal,
I am a subscriber to the magazine and to the online 'for teachers' journal as well. I am finding that many of the articles are making reference more and more to Ayurveda principles and concepts, as if they should be self evident to us readers, and as if they are easily integrated with yoga practice. I am finding this a problem for my understanding. Although I can understand that there is room for coverage of Ayruveda, has there been an editorial decision to make it an integral them in Yoga Journal? Is there a basis on which this decision has been made? I'd be grateful if this question could be addressed in the journal, which I greatly value. In contrast, I find the way that western anatomy and physiology concepts are explained within the yoga context has been made much more clearly to a reader such as myself in the Journal. Many thanks.