Some call it a medicine system, some call it the sister science to yoga, others may refer to it simply as a
practice. There are many translations of Ayurveda. ‘Ayurveda’ is actually a combination of two words. “Ayur” meaning ‘life’, and “veda” meaning ‘knowledge’. So, Ayurveda can mean ‘The science, or knowledge, of life’. Ayurveda is an eastern, holistic, approach to living a well balanced lifestyle. Although this ancient healing science was originally founded thousands of years ago in Kerala, India, it is now practiced all over the world.
Ayurveda incorporates your diet, environment, relationship, and even your yoga practice. Taking all of these things in to account, along with many other factors, we can use Ayurveda to maintain optimal balance.
One of the most important aspects of the practice of Ayurveda are the Panchamahabutas, or the 5 great elements of nature. These include:
- Air (Wind)
- Ether (Space)
It is believed that each of us has a certain make-up of all of these elements, usually favoring one or two. These unique combinations of elements are what form our constitutions, also known as a ‘Dosha’. There are 3 Doshas that are recognized in Ayurveda; Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. To understand more about Doshas, click here. You can even take a quiz to learn which Dosha you primarily relate with.
At Village Yoga we celebrate our love for Ayurveda by offering 5Elements Vinyasa Flow. Both Katie & Jess are certified 5Elements Vinyasa Flow teachers with training in Ayurveda. 5Elements Flow is a dynamic vinyasa flow practice within the Kunga Yoga methodology developed by Kristin Cooper and inspired by the teachings of Ayurveda. These set sequence classes highlight the qualities of each element. Depending on the season, you can find 5Elements Earth Flow, 5Elements Fire Flow, or 5Elements Water Flow on our schedule.