Ayurveda is often described as sister science to yoga. As a yoga teacher, Ayurveda has helped me deepen and enrich my practice in ways I didn’t know were possible. It also taught me how to treat common aliments like indigestion, constipation, sleeplessness, heart-burn and other health issues that can’t be addressed with asana alone.
Every thing comes down to digestion in Ayurveda. When digestion is optimal, we say that agni or the digestive fire is balanced. This makes the immunity system and metabolism strong. We are energetic, we sleep well, we eliminate properly and we maintain a healthy weight. When digestion is poor, we can experience any or all of the following: gas, bloating, mood swings, weight gain, fatigue, constipation, diarrhea, congestion, sleeplessness, low libido, inflammation, emancipation, heart burn and in serious cases, anemia, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), crohn’s disease or diabetes.