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The practice of Yoga finds its origin in India, more than 5000 years ago. The first texts addressing “meditative immobility” or “about the care on breathe movement” are the Upanishad (7th century before J-C), but the book of reference, in Sanskrit, is dated about 200 years AD: It is about Yoga Sutras, from which all branches of yoga come from. Other philosophical or sacred texts are the foundation of the Indian yoga (The Samkya, the Vedanta…but also the tantrism and the Buddhism).
With time, the practices have been diversified but we can still distinguish the 5 “ways”: The karma yoga (the action yoga), bhakti yoga (the yoga of devotion), Jnana yoga (the yoga of knowledge), the hatha yoga (the yoga of effort, the most practice in the western hemisphere), and the raja yoga (the royal yoga, which reunite the four ways). The science of Prana unites these different ways of Yoga.
The Prana as mentioned above has two branches: one relies on the soul and is named as Yoga; the other relies on the body, and is named as….Ayurveda. As they are both linked, it is therefore recommended to practice them together.
The Ayurveda allows a complete awareness of the individual, in its whole, thanks to the Doshas; this allows finding peace, by re-balancing each of these energies. It is also a complete care which allows staying in good health, by a good nutrition, by doing physical exercises and mostly by the lifestyle which needs to be adapted by each individual. The practice of yoga needs therefore to be adapted by everyone’s nature.
Just following the principle of Ayurveda or practicing only yoga is a good beginning but not enough. Indeed, we can practice yoga but having health issues or the contrary, having a good health but unable to develop inner peace and relaxation. The yoga helps therefore finding harmony, as recommended by Ayurveda.