The study and practice of Yoga has, for many centuries, been linked to the study of complementary arts from Indian culture such as Mantra, textual Chanting, Karnāṭaka music or Āyurveda lifestyle skills. For example, traditionally Āyurveda and Yoga went hand in hand and the importance of understanding the principles of Āyurveda is obvious when exploring Yoga texts such as the Haṭha Yoga Pradīpikā.
kapālaśodhanaṃ vātadoṣaghnaṃ kṛmidoṣahṛt |
“The benefits of the prāṇāyāma technique Sūrya Bedhana,
include helping to reduce imbalances of vāta doṣa.”
Haṭha Yoga Pradīpikā Chapter Two verse 50
gulmaphlīhādikān rogān jvaraṃ pittaṃ kṣudhāṃ tṛṣām |
“The benefits of the prāṇāyāma technique Śītalī include helping to reduce imbalances of pitta doṣa.”
Haṭha Yoga Pradīpikā Chapter Two verse 58
T Krishnamacharya understood the relevance and role of these complementary arts. His study and teaching work was characterised by the application of arts such as Āyurveda to support the development of the student’s potentials within their life and journey. So for students of Yoga, an understanding of Āyurveda will complement and help their Yoga study and practice.
“Food will either sustain the body or eat it.”
– Śrī T Krishnamacharya
The Art of Āyurveda Lifestyle Module One Workshop offers a two day opportunity for a student from any Yoga background or style to have an in-depth introduction to the primary principles and teachings from Āyurveda and how they can inspire and guide our personal Yoga practice and study Sādhana, either for personal development or, if relevant, professional skills.
Follow the link above for further details of the Āyurveda Lifestyle Module One Workshop.