Importance of Yoga and Ayurveda on International Yoga Day
I asked an ayurvedic doctor about the relationship between yoga and ayurveda. His simple explanation was, “Ayurveda is the science and yoga is the practice of the science.
Yoga and ayurveda are inseparable sisters. Both originate as part of a greater system of Vedic knowledge (what I would call as the nurturing mother). Yoga originates in the Yajur Veda, while Ayurveda originates in the Arthava Veda and Rig Veda.
Both yoga and ayurveda are based upon the principles of Trigunas (Sattva , Rajas and Tamas )and the 5 elements of Earth ( Panchbhuttas ). Yoga and ayurveda also encompass an understanding of how the body works (Dosha-Dhatu-Mala/humor-tissue-waste material theory) and the effect that food and medicines have on the body (Rasa-Veerya-Vipaka/taste-energy-post digestive effect concept).
As we understand, Dabur is a 130 year old leading Indian consumer goods company with interests in Hair Care, Oral Care, Health Care, Skin Care, Home Care and Foods. Dabur is today India’s most trusted name and the world’s largest Ayurvedic and Natural Health Care Company, and is participating at Yogshala Expo at Pragti Maidan Delhi from today till June 23.. It will be interesting to know that Ayurveda and Yoga, are two faces of the same coin.
I had opportunity of meeting Dabur's spokesperson Dr J.L.N Sastry -Head Research & Development at Dabur India Ltd on importance of Yoga and Ayurveda on International Yoga day at Yogshala Expo at Pragti Maidan Delhi from today till June 23 and understanding how Yoga and Ayurveda makes a difference in our lifestyle .
1. Why an International Day on Yoga? Why not on other wellness regime. Why is it given such international importance?
Answer: Yoga is long neglected and well-organized wellness regime. Yoga is practiced traditionally for more than 2000 years where as many other regimen are not. Today yoga is accepted in US, Canada, Europe, UK, ASEAN countries etc. Therefore, international recognition and importance which takes the Indian culture to new hieghts. People are understanding the importance of ancient indian tradition.
2. Why is the Western world fascinated with yoga?
Answer: The yogic practice is systematic and scientific. It reduces stress, reduces oxidative processes, improves fitness etc. There is no other system which can provide this. Therefore it is special and unique among the wellness techniques.
How Yoga and Ayurveda are interconnected by:
Both are based on Vata-Pitta-Kapha as common principles; both follow cleansing methods like Nasya / Neti, Vamana / Dhouti, Vasti / Basti etc; either five types of Vata in Ayurveda or six chakras in yoga the concept is the same.Finally both uses natural resources for the management of health and disease.
India always been the front runner when it comes to natural means of health management. The Vedic culture provided the knowledge of health management through Ayurveda (2000 BC). The post-Vedic era introduced Yoga (200 AD) for the management of positive health. While Ayurveda is the interventional / invasive approach, Yoga is the non-interventional way for maintenance of health.
Yogabhashya consists of 195 sutras. Yoga is mainly meant for controlling the mind i.e., indirectly factors of stress. The measures like Yogasanas, Pranayama etc provides desired fitness to the individual. Present day’s busy life is full of stress and stress is the cause of many human sufferings (both mental and physical).
At the same time, conjugated with Ayurveda, Yoga would benefit in the management of many life style disorders. The pancha vidha vata (five Vata types) and shat chakra (six nerve plexus) are the connecting links while Vata-Pitta-Kapha are the main pillers for understanding the philosophies of Ayurveda and Yoga. There are many similarities between panchkarma of Ayurveda and neti-dhouti etc of Yoga.
Together, Yoga and Ayurveda will benefit the human kind in controlling many of the common mental as well as physical illnesses.