This year Pavilion Health will once again take part in the Brighton Yoga Festival. So how are Yoga and Ayurveda linked? And how can Ayurveda be used to enhance your Yoga practice? Pavilion Health founder Milind Jani explains.
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is a holistic system of traditional Indian medicine which focuses on two aspects: one, a natural, healthy lifestyle and two, a medical system with treatments from an Ayurvedic doctor. Ayurveda looks at the energies in the body and how they’re connected with the environment, which includes the people we come into contact with, and the food that we eat. In short, it’s holism – it addresses the mind, body and the spirit!
And how does Ayurveda link to Yoga?
Ayurveda and yoga are two sides of the same coin. They have the same background and philosophy. Ayurveda deals with living a long healthy life through a holistic approach to life and so does yoga. The purpose is the same for both, although there are subtle differences. Ayurveda focuses on the diagnosis of conditions or ailments and offers natural massage therapies, whereas yoga is a system of lifestyle, including the practise of the yoga postures.
What’s your background in Ayurveda?
My wife (Co-founder Dr Asmita Jani) and I are recognised as leading experts in Ayurvedic medicine and holistic health in the UK and have both practised Ayurvedic medicine for over 35 years. I’m also a GP. We’ve been making herbal teas for 30 years, sourcing high quality, organic ingredients from India where we have family connections.
Which of Pavilion Health’s products would you recommend to use with yoga?
Our Tulsi Yoga Tea is designed to complement a yoga asana practice. It’s made with Indian Holy Basil which, as well as being rich in antioxidants, has a calming effect on the body, the mind and emotions. It’s very warming for the heart chakra. It also contains calming chamomile and lemon verbena, which give the taste that sweetness and softness, and rose petals and hibiscus, which are cooling and soothing to the system. Now, just imagine you’ve done your yoga practise and you’re sitting with your nice warming, soothing, comforting, cup of Tulsi Yoga tea! Even the words make you feel good don’t they?!
The Brighton Yoga Festival 2019 will be held over the weekend of the 27th-28th July at BHASVIC.