Birthed from the same mother, Vedas, these two sibling sciences never are in discord. They generously share from the same abundant pool of knowledge and embrace just as warmly in their differences as they do their similarities. Yoga and Ayurveda can independently offer an individual seeking balance a means of doing so, but when combined, their forces can fortify a person’s spirit and provide a complete chance at wellness.
The main difference between the two ancient health sciences is their approach to a balanced mind. Ayurveda aims to heal the body and mind. Yoga seeks to relieve or purify the two. In more ways, than would non-identical twins share at least one similar physical feature, yoga and Ayurveda have much in common. In addition to originating from the same womb of philosophical thought, the two are linked in their sisterhood through spirituality, attitude, lifestyle, nutrition and diet, cleansing practices, exercise, and hygiene.
Greens Ayurveda has a lovely infographic that illustrates familial traits the two systems share. A few are mentioned below, with nutrition and diet in more detail for review.
An Ayurvedic diet focuses on a balance of the food’s constitution, whereas, a yoga meal plan is pure and light or sattwic. If a person were to combine the restrictions or recommendations of both diets, he or she could expect a great spiritual progression. Both vegetarian-based, however, yoga allows for more raw food than Ayurvedic eating. A yogic diet is primarily simple — to limit desire — and in Ayurveda, there are only six distinct tastes incorporated in the meal planning.
A Few Other Likenesses of Yoga and Ayurveda
- The goals for salvation (Moksha), righteousness (Dharma), desires (Kama), and wealth (Artha) are the same.
- Each system promotes the use of meditation, herbs, pranayama, mantra, pooja, asana, prayer, and astrology.
- Both systems teach natural cleansing with the removal of toxins and waste through natural paths of elimination. The purifying route for yoga is Shat karma and the way is Panchakarma for Ayurveda.
With proper practice, synchronization, and purposefulness, using the sibling sciences together will encourage a healthy and enlightened movement towards mental and physical wellness, healing, and absolution.