Yoga and Ayurveda are like a perfect couple. Each of them can exist separately, but they are much better together.
Many yoga instructors love teaching large classes. Mostly because they can sense the positive energy in the room that everyone shares. I also love witnessing people of various ethnic backgrounds, different religions, and opposite political views united together in the pose, the breath, and the experience. It gives me hope for the future of the world–if we can unite on the mat, we can unite off the mat as well.
The word yoga comes from Sanskrit, an ancient language from India, the origin of yoga. It means union of the body, mind and soul. Very often our minds are troublemakers, and without our intervention, the mind dominates our lives. When the mind gets out of control, it wrecks the body, ignores the soul and robs us of many great experiences life has to offer. Yoga as a practice offers a collection of tools designed to keep the mind on a leash, bring the awareness to the body, and explore the unlimited potential of the soul. The primary tools and techniques most often used are: breath (pranayama), postures (asana), meditation, chanting (mantra), intention, and visualization.
Yoga is my passion. I teach it, I practice it, I breath it, and I never stop exploring it. I believe in gentle yoga that offers internal peace, emotional endurance, and physical strength.
Ayurveda is a combination of two Sanskrit words Ayu and Veda, and when put together, it means “science of life.” It is a thousands-years-old holistic medicine that comes from India. Basic principals of Ayurveda are a focus on prevention, importance of proper digestion, adjusting the lifestyle according to one's constitution, living in tune with nature (eating seasonal foods), getting enough rest, and taking it easy.
For many years I have been implementing the principals and the commons sense of Ayurveda in my teachings, working with clients, and my daily life.
"In 19 years of doing yoga, Urszula has been the most careful instructor. She is excellent at providing a challenging practice for students at different levels and is extremely knowledgeable about yoga and related disciplines."
PJ McCracken, Miami, FL