Balance On & Off The Yoga Mat

Ayurveda Yoga Woman Holistic Health

Written by Heather Burkart

My mission is to empower women with a natural, holistic approach to support health so you can be strong, vibrant, and content. My focus is on your whole well being including mental, emotional, and spiritual.

Personalizing Your Yoga Practice with Ayurveda

How can you make your yoga practice more effective? More enjoyable? More personal? The key lies in understanding Ayurveda, the ancient Indian wisdom of life, health and longevity that has been practiced in India for thousands of years and is just now gaining popularity in the Western world. By utilizing concepts from Ayurveda, you can create your own personalized yoga practice that will have an immense impact on both your physical and mental health, as well as your daily lifestyle.

Connecting the Dots Between Ayurveda and Yoga

Ayurveda is Yoga’s sister science. Think of it as a how-to-guide for yoga techniques like postures, breathing exercises, and meditation. They were meant to be practiced together and when they are, they’re more effective at mind-body balance.

If a yogi wants to personalize their yoga practice, then Ayurveda would be how to do it. This is because Yoga was created for the specific purpose of honing in on the well-being of the individual rather than the general public.

Know Thyself

First, Ayurveda recommends understanding your true nature by learning about your constitutional Prakruti – or body type – and any imbalances (Virkuti). You learn about the 3 Dosha’s – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha – and which one is strongest in you. Next, you can learn which poses and techniques balance those doshas. Now, we’re getting somewhere!

How Should I Feel After Yoga?

It’s telling about your inherent nature when you find yourself drawn to one type of Yoga. Do you like intense classes like Ashtanga or Hot Yoga only to leave feeling more exhausted and overheated than invigorated? Do you go to Vinyasa classes but then feel too spacey to function afterward? Have you found yourself tuning out or even falling asleep during a Restorative class? This might be because you are choosing the wrong class!

The key to knowing if you’re doing yoga right for you is how you feel after a class. It’s not just about feeling great. It’s about feeling balanced: alert, calm, peaceful.

Why Personalization Matters in Yoga

Personalized yoga practice is more effective because poses and techniques are used therapeutically to support the doshas that need the most attention. We learn that some poses help us. Others not so much. We learn from positive feedback from our body and mind that what we’re moving in the right direction. What does that feel like, exactly? Consequently, our energy levels become more stable and our moods become calmer. Success! Conversely, when our energy feels low and our mind turns negative or flighty we know something’s off.

Balancing Your Dosha Through Poses, Mindfulness Practices, And Diet

Understanding your balance of energies is crucial. When you know your Prakruti (body type or constitution) and Vikruti (imbalances), you can use the same principles in your diet and lifestyle, too. You learn that to remain balanced, there is an overarching theme for everything you do. It’s a little different for everyone. In time, you can feel great off the mat, too.

How Do I Personalize My Yoga Practice?

If you’re interested in learning how to use Ayurvedic wisdom to enhance your Yoga practice and lifestyle, sign up for my masterclass here.

The main takeaways are:

  1. Discover the ancient teachings that will unlock the potential in your personal practice.
  2. Learn the signs of a disconnected practice.
  3. Learn how to balance energies in your Prakruti & Vikruti.
  4. Learn how to find out your Prakruti & Vikruti.

Find Balance On And Off The Yoga Mat with Strong/her Body & Mind

As a thank you for watching, you’ll get the Self-Discovery E-book & Quiz (download) and a special offer to join my new program Strong/her Body & Mind starting this Fall. It’s a self-paced way to learn how to combine Ayurveda & Yoga to find balance on and off the yoga mat with plenty of peer and practitioner support. Learn more about that here.

Ready to act now? You can schedule a call with me if you know you’re ready to unlock the potential of your own personal yoga practice sooner than later! Just scroll back up to the header to book a free call.

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