Introduction to Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy
Samya Ayurveda Yoga Therapy is based in the traditional system of Yoga therapy as originally integrated in the fundamental branches of Ayurvedic Medicine.

Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy applies yoga practices and principles through the Ayurvedic model of understanding the nature of the client, the imbalance and the required therapies in order to assist in the healing process.

Learn more about the Ayurvedic model of healing here.

Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy is unique in the world of Yoga because at the centre of its practice lies the individualized approach from the Ayurvedic constitutional model of health and healing.

When Yoga practices are implemented for the health & goals of an individual based on his or her unique needs, the prospective benefits far surpass those achieved in a group class model of Yoga teaching.

The proper application of Ayurveda & Yoga for the purpose of healing specific ailments within an individual’s constitutional make-up is a complex and multifaceted topic. For introduction’s sake, here is a brief synopsis.

Those people who have a predominance of Air & Space elements (Vata) in their constitution have a tendency towards excessive activity in their minds & bodies. Such tendencies lead towards nervous, cardio-vascular & digestive system imbalances among others characterized by dryness, irregularity, hyperactivity and cold.

Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy addresses Vata predominance with practices & procedures which calm, warm, nourish & slow down the Vata constitution.

Individuals with a predominance of Fire & Water elements (Pitta) in their constitution have a tendency towards imbalances of excessive heat & intensity in their minds & bodies. This excessive heat manifests in imbalances of the digestive, glandular & endocrine systems among others, characterized by inflammation, irritation and intensity.

Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy addresses Pitta predominance with practices & procedures which soothe, cool and calm the Pitta constitution.

People whose constitutional predominance is of Earth & Water elements (Kapha) have a tendency towards accumulation of cold & dense tissues & fluids. These accumulations lead toward congestion of the lymphatic, digestive and respiratory systems among others, characterized by heaviness, dampness, sluggishness & cold.

Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy addresses Kapha predominance with practices & procedures which warm, stimulate & lighten the Kapha constitution. 

This is a general idea of the Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy methodology, one which when properly implemented is much more detail oriented and specifically tailored. Most individuals have a dual-dosha (Vata-Pitta, Kapha-Pitta, Vata-Kapha & vice-versa) constitution and possibly medical complications & past injuries and as such require a more integrative and knowledgeable approach.

For example: an experienced & well trained Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist will; after adequate assessment & consultation; implement a program of yoga practices and Ayurvedic recommendations based on the multiple dosha imbalances in conjunction with the client’s anatomical structure & past & present medical diagnoses.

Such Therapists have a working knowledge of both allopathic & Ayurvedic Anatomy & Physiology. They apply this knowledge with an understanding of how each yoga practice affects muscle groups, the nervous, skeletal & all other bodily systems. In conjunction with the western view of physiology, this knowledge and these practices are applied based on the functioning of the fifteen subdoshas and seven chakras or main seats of each element and groups of elements in the body.  Furthermore, bodily and energetic systems & tissues like the dhatus, srotas, nadis & koshas are addressed & referred to in practice.

More experienced & specialized Ayurvedic Practitioners also integrate their knowledge of Ayurvedic bodywork, massage, panchakarma & marma therapy to create a holistic system of healing.

Ayurvedic Yoga Therapists are ideally qualified to provide accessory care to the patients of any health care practitioner. Ayurvedic Yoga Therapists can work with Allopathic, TCM & various others doctors, Chiropractors, Acupuncturists, Physiotherapists & Massage Therapists.

Generally, Ayurvedic Yoga Therapists will begin with a client consultation and based on their findings, apply them in a customized yoga class, ideally followed by weekly sessions thereafter. They may also teach dosha, chakra, elemental, anatomical, disease based and other specialized group yoga classes.
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