What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is a science of life that originated from the Vedic culture in India 5,000 years ago. The science of Ayurveda works with each individual person’s physical and energetic or emotional constitution to help guide them in lifestyle decisions to truly thrive. It is not a system to replace traditional Western medicine, but rather, complement it, and possibly avoid unnecessary procedures or medications. According to chopra.com:
More than a mere system of treating illness, Ayurveda is a science of life (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge). It offers a body of wisdom designed to help people stay vital while realizing their full human potential. Providing guidelines on ideal daily seasonal routines, diet, behavior, and the proper use of our senses, Ayurveda reminds us that health is the balanced and dynamic integration between our environment, body, mind, and spirit.
The wisdom, insight and vibrancy of Ayurveda is a spectacular complement to any yoga, physiotherapy, or wellness program. Below are some wonderful resources that are easy to navigate and will wow your mind and body. It just makes sense.
Resources to learn more about Yoga Therapy & Ayurveda
Yoga International is one of the not only most comprehensive, but technically savvy resources for all things yoga and Ayurveda, including articles, videos, workshops and even sanskrit pronunciation. Teachers on this site include Gary Kraftsow, Luke Ketterhagen, Rolf Stovik PsyD, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Phd, Rod Stryker, Kathryn Templeton and more.
My yoga teacher, Rod Stryker is widely considered to be one of the preeminent yoga and meditation teachers in the United States. He is renowned for his depth of knowledge, practical wisdom, and unique ability to transmit the deepest aspect of the teachings and practices to students from all walks of life.
IAYT is a professional organization whose mission is to establish yoga as a recognized and respected therapy. Outstanding research and find certified yoga therapists.
The Center for Integrative Yoga Studies is rich with information on Yoga and Yoga Therapy. Founded by one of my teachers, Marlysa Sullivan, who is one of the world’s most respected teachers in the field of Yoga Therapy. Marlysa is also a Physical Therapist as well as a professional Yoga Therapist, and her workshops are inspiring and transformative.
YogaGlo is a monthly subscription with unlimited access to any and all varieties of yoga classes, including beginner meditation and yoga nidra.
Yoga Wisdom & Wellness is co-founded by a fellow bridge builder, Sarah Hutchinson, this site is wonderful for learning more about Ayurveda and integrating simple tools for a cleaner, more vibrant life. Sarah is not only a Certified AYS (Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist), but is also a licensed Registered Nurse and Senior ParaYoga Teacher.
MannaBliss was created by co-founders Darnelle Pusateri-Quinn and Vivian Demille, Mannabliss brings together the bets resources for physical, emotional and spiritual wellness in South Florida. Contributing authors in mannabliss include psychologists, yoga therapists and physical therapists (me!), orthopaedic massage therapists, estheticians, and more. Each author is hand picked because of their positive contributions and exceptionally effective outcomes in the fields of health & wellness and yoga therapy.
Grounded Kids and Teen Yoga: I have the honor of knowing and having studied under Amy Haysman and Cheryl Crawford since 2007. They are inspired, wise, compassionate, and outstandingly creative souls that have transformed and elevated the world of children and teen yoga in a profound, fun, and meaningful way specific to the unique emotional, energetic and physical needs of this population.