7 Facts Yogis Should Know About Ayurveda


If you’ve spent any time in a Yoga class, you might have come across Ayurveda. It’s understandable if it still seems mysterious and complicated. Ayurveda (pronounced “ah-yer-vey-duh”) is a beautifully complex system, but if you start at the foundation, it is equally beautiful in its simplicity. Let’s start with seven simple facts.

  1. Ayurveda and Yoga have ancient roots in the Indian sub-continent and have evolved side by side for 5,000 years.
  2. Ayurveda is the science of life and living harmoniously in the body, mind, and in our environment. It literally translates as: Ayur = life, Veda = sacred knowledge.
  3. Ayurveda serves as a guide to healthy living and as a holistic system of medicine. The ultimate goal of both Yoga and Ayurveda is to attain a state of physical, mental, and spiritual harmony that will allow us to realize consciousness.
  4. At a fundamental level, Ayurveda identifies the five elements: Space, Air, Fire, Water, Earth, as the building blocks of all mater.
  5. According to Ayurveda the 5 elements are energetically represented in the human body by the three vital energies (Doshas): a. Vata (space & air) b. Pita (fire & water)c. Kapha (earth)
  6. There can be no physical health without a strong digestive fire, Agni (pronounced: “ugh-nee”). Agni is our power to transform nourishment into something we can use to grow and develop both physically and spiritually.
  7. To maintain health and help alleviate disease, Ayurveda focuses on diet, lifestyle, and herbal therapies to balance the vital energies.

So, the next time you come across Ayurveda you’ll have these seven simple facts to get you started. In order to create a lifestyle, diet, and utilize healing therapies that compliment your yoga practice, you may want to consider learning more about Yoga’s sister science, Ayurveda.


Genevieve Gilbreath

Genevieve Gilbreath, founder of Herbal Zap Ayurvedic supplement company, is a longtime student and teacher of Yoga and Ayurveda. Driven by her passion for learning, she spent five years living in Varanasi, India, along the banks of the Ganges river studying Yoga philosophy, Ayurveda, and Sanskrit in the traditional guru śisya method.
Through her experience with the sister sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda, Genevieve learned that we have access to all the tools we need to tap into the rich healing power of nature. It is a deep connection to nature that allows us to create balance and lasting good health for ourselves and our communities.
Genevieve now resides in Austin, TX, bringing Ayurveda to everyone through Herbal Zap! She spends part of the year in Sri Lanka, collaborating with leading Ayurvedic physicians, developing sustainably and ethically produced new Herbal Zap Ayurvedic drink mixes.
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