Yoga is to have a stable mind and healthy body. Ayurveda is to have a healthy body that is free from disease. When practiced together Yoga and Ayurveda work hand-in-hand as brother and sister healing modalities.
Purpose of Yoga and Ayurveda
Our purpose is to help students develop a practice with the skillful application of Yoga and Ayurveda. When our body and mind start purifying we experience a state of mindfulness, a clarity of mind and our chosen focus of interest strengthens. Each person is unique and has different interests of health, abundance, goals or beliefs. Yoga and Ayurveda is both the journey and the goal. By walking step-by-step with clarity we gain the benefits of oneness.
Yoga Awareness Teachers
"The Yoga Awareness teachers are dedicated and have achieved high international standards of Yoga and Ayurveda training (YAT). Our purpose is to support new and advanced students to deepen their practice with conveniently located Yoga Ayurveda studios in Hawaii and Japan." by Tedd Surman (Yoga Awareness founder and director).
Style of Yoga
Raja Yoga literally means to 'shine the mind' and strengthen the body. Yoga Awareness offers the authentic Vedic teaching of Raja Yoga by Patanjali as taught through the Krishnamacharya-Desikachar lineage. The teachings are universal in application and are non-sectarian and non-religious. They are considered a science of the mind giving us clarity and the ability to focus on our chosen interest. The ultimate goal is attaining freedom from suffering with peacefulness and contentment in our life.
Raja Yoga gives us three methods of sadhana (practice);
1. Kriya Yoga is healthy action and attitude to practice,
2. Ashtanga Yoga is to purify and strengthen body and mind,
3. Samkhya Yoga is self understanding and awareness.
We also reference the ancient texts of Hatha Yoga, the Vedas, Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita as teaching methodology in the Self Therapy and Yoga Teacher trainings.
Style of Ayurveda
Ayurveda is the ancient Indian science of life and longevity. It is one of the oldest healthcare systems known, originating over 5,000 years ago. Yoga Awareness offers Ayurveda in two ways:
1. Ayurveda Education with comprehensive trainings ranging from the foundation principles of Ayurveda, to advanced studies and treatment practicums. The ancient Ayurvedic teachings are from the Charaka Samhita and Astanga Hrdayam.
2. Ayurveda Therapy is offered only for students who are practicing Yoga and Ayurveda with Yoga Awareness. This is to support a student's self journey of wellness with the healing methods of Ayurveda. Everyone is unique and the therapeutic programs are tailored to meet the needs of each person.