Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy - Pine Rivers Yoga - Brisbane, Australia

Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy

Using the subtle energies of the body


Pine Rivers Yoga offers Dosha assessment and a Yoga Therapy plan for individual students.

Contact Ruth for appointments and learn to harness the healing effects of Yoga and Ayurveda for your particular constitution.

90 minute Yoga Therapy session & Ayurvedic assessment

Have you ever wondered why some yoga poses leave you calm, centred and balanced while others make you agitated, sore and off centre?

The ancient Indian healing system of Ayurveda, known as the sister science to Yoga, may hold the answers to which Yoga practices suit you best.

Ayurveda means “knowledge of life” and is the art and science of keeping the body and mind balanced and healthy. Yoga is the practical side of these teachings while Ayurveda is the healing side. In practice, both paths overlap and it is difficult to separate their philosophies.

 By applying both principles to the individual person, Ayurveda and Yoga can greatly enhance the wellbeing of all our many aspects. Balance and hence good health, stem from the subtle energies of the body, and both Yoga and Ayurveda can balance these energies on all levels - physically, mentally, emotionally, intellectually, and consciously. We are all multi layered, as often referred to in the teachings of the Koshas, or sheaths of existence, so it makes sense that healing must be directed to the individual make up of our constitution. Our unique constitution, known as prakruti, is determined at the moment of conception. According to Ayurveda, this universal life force manifests as three different energies or doshas, known as vata, pitta and kapha.

The three doshas constantly fluctuate according to our environment, which includes diet, the seasons, climate, our age and many other factors. The current state of these three doshas is known as our vikruti, and determines our unique state of balance or more likely “imbalance” at any one time. As the doshas move out of balance they affect particular areas of our bodies in characteristic ways. As we work with the doshas as a way of enhancing our health and well-being we need to know which is our dominant dosha (or more often which 2 doshas are dominant), and also to determine whether there is a particular imbalance that we need to rein in.

Vata, Pitta and Kapha all have different characteristics. Vata which is made up of air and ether, can be likened to the wind. It is said to be light, dry, cooling and capable of movement. Pitta is made up of fire and water. It is hot, light and neither too dry nor too moist. It does not move on its own, but can easily be moved by the wind (vata). Kapha is made up of water and earth, which combine like mud. Kapha is heavy, moist, cool, and stable.

Understanding our prakruti and vikruti offers each of us the potential to make correct life choices both in our Asana practice and in the routines that we choose to maximise our health. In Ayurveda, “like increases like” and “opposites heal.”  Any disturbance within the mind and body affects our health. The healing Science of Ayurveda, combined with the practical tools of Yoga can guide us in our life choices to keep the biological forces in balance, enabling the mind and body to be healthy.

Restorative Yoga Sun 1 Dec Heidi and Nancy
Restorative Workshop Sun 22 Dec Marian Cavanagh
Mon 7:00-8:30am   Multi Level
6:00-7:30pm   Multi Level WARNER
6:30-8:00pm   Yoga and Meditation
Tue 9:15-10:45am   Multi Level
6:30-8:00pm   Multi Level
Wed 9:00-10:30am   Yin Yoga
11:00-12:15pm   Yoga Therapy
7:00-8:30pm   Easy Multi Level
Thu 9:15-10:45am   Multi Level
6:30-8:00pm   Multi Level PETRIE
7:00-8:30pm   Alignment Based
Fri 9:15-10:45am   Multi Level
6:00-7:15pm   Yoga for Sport
Sat 8:00-9:30am   Easy Multi Level