Kundalini Yoga is an art and science that gives us breathwork, kriyas, meditations, values, and virtues to practice and live by each day. Ayurveda translates to “the science of life,” and it provides knowledge, tools, and practices to balance the tridoshas in the mind and body. When we study Kundalini Yoga and Ayurveda together, we embrace ancient, effective approaches to consciously maintain optimal health.
From the wisdom of Ayurveda, we know that balancing the tridoshas is crucial for good health. The tridoshas include Vata (air), Pitta (bile), and Kapha (phlegm). One way to maintain balance is through our diet.
From an Ayurvedic perspective, we have a variety of nourishing foods to choose from. Sun foods grow above the ground. Ground foods grow close to the ground. Earth foods grow beneath the ground. Sun foods give energy. Eat fruit! Ground foods cleanse. Break bread! Earth foods heal. Eat turnips and other root vegetables! Eat these foods help to balance the air, bile, and phlegm components of the body.
According to Ayurveda, sun foods have sattvic (pure) qualities. Herbs, spices, and earth foods have rajasic (energy) qualities. And foods that are best to be avoided, like meat, fish, eggs, and alcohol, all have tamasic (decaying) qualities.
In Ayurveda, each individual is unique and has their own special combination of doshas in need of balancing. The practice is to find the right food and lifestyle that keeps you in balance. In Kundalini Yoga, we also have practices and specific kriyas that balance the body. When we combine the two, we have an all-encompassing holistic approach to building our bodies into pure temples that can live in service of our highest potential.
There is a beautiful kriya called “Synchronizing the Brain & the Tattvas” that you can find in the yoga manual Transformation: Seeds of Change for the Aquarian Age. This kriya quickly brings the tattvas into a state of balance. Another practice in the same manual is called “Meditation to Command the Five Tattvas” that gives you mental control, and allows you to command the five tattvas for effective living.
Practicing yoga and meditation while cultivating heightened awareness of Ayurvedic principles will set you on a path to good health and living in your true excellence.
Please join us at Sat Nam Fest in Joshua Tree for a more in-depth exploration of how these two transformative sciences complement one another. Be sure to attend Jai Dev Singh’s workshop “The Perfect Science: An Ayurveda and Kundalini Yoga Workshop” with live music by Simrit on Wednesday, April 5.
We look forward to being together, breathing together, healing together, chanting together, and rising together. Sat Nam!