The practices of Ayurveda and Yoga were given to us to work hand-in-hand. Understanding how the three doshas work in your body will help you tune into the changes that result from changes in diet, how you live and the environment around you. This information is meant to guide you in your practice of Yoga, including asana, so that you can feel your best on and off the mat.
By Myra Lewin
You can be in fear or faith, but never both at once. One represents resistance, and the other is flow. From moment to moment, we make decisions about the direction we choose. What we practice is what we experience.
I witnessed this in my own life some time ago. For many years, I worked in a corporate environment, all the while knowing that I wanted to own my own business. About halfway through my corporate career, I had an opportunity to branch out on my own. Choosing to branch out required faith, but even though it was dream I’d been waiting for, I let fear of leaving a steady paycheck win at that moment and remained in the corporate world.
It’s not the aim of Yoga to make life complex. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Many of the yamas and niyamas ask us to strip away the unflattering accessories of life that don’t serve us. What is left is the simplicity of being. The same simplicity should guide your approach to asana.
When people begin a Yoga asana practice, many think that progress means that they will be able to tackle what are mislabeled as advanced poses. But Yoga has no levels -- these are only creations of the modern times that build the lower ego and fuel competition. Different poses challenge us at different times, and all are important. Some days, the most advanced pose you can do is one that asks you to be still in a world that constantly moves.
How did you feel after your breakfast this morning? Nourished? Whole? Grounded? If the answer is no to any of these, it’s time for a bowl of porridge.
The first meal that you eat after waking sets the energy and intention for how you will digest your food and experiences in the day to come. After a sound sleep, agni, digestive fire, is weaker and must be gently rekindled with simple, nourishing food. Grain, cooked into a soft porridge, is the perfect meal for breakfast.