• Mamsa Dhatu: Building Healthy Muscle Tissue
    • Ayurveda Basics
    • January 13, 2023
    Mamsa Dhatu: Building Healthy Muscle Tissue

    Ayurveda recognizes seven distinct tissue layers that make up our being, known as the dhatus. In this article, we take a look at mamsa dhatu—the muscle tissue. 

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  • How to Exercise for Your Dosha
    • Health and Wellness
    • January 21, 2022
    How to Exercise for Your Dosha

    Different people need different types of exercise. Here’s how Ayurveda can help you optimize your fitness routine and get the most out of your movement.

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  • 5 Post-Workout Tips for Ayurvedic Self-Care
    • Ayurveda & Fitness
    • June 04, 2021
    5 Post-Workout Tips for Ayurvedic Self-Care

    A grounding post-workout routine can help us dodge imbalances, keep vata nourished, and allow the body to replenish properly. Here are five tips to get started.

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  • Loving Your Muscles & Joints with Mahanarayan Oil 
    • Ayurveda & Fitness
    • February 03, 2021
    Loving Your Muscles & Joints with Mahanarayan Oil 

    Mahanarayan Oil acts as a powerful ally to support the health and longevity of the joints and muscles so that we can enjoy a long, full, and active life. 

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  • Yoga for the Doshas
    • Ayurveda & Fitness
    • March 29, 2019
    Yoga for the Doshas

    The word “yoga” means union, and the essence of Yoga is to unite with your true nature. The paramount theme of yoga at its core is the same as Ayurveda—to return to your true nature. As Yoga is Ayurveda’s sister science, Yoga and Ayurveda share themes and principles. Yoga is fantastic for everyone because there are a variety of styles and poses that can be selected, adapted, and modified to complement anyone’s mind-body constitution.

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  • Post-Workout Ayurvedic Smoothie Recipe
    • Ayurvedic Recipes
    • July 27, 2018
    Post-Workout Ayurvedic Smoothie Recipe

    Smoothies have become so synonymous with health and fitness that it’s hard to picture an exercise routine without a morning protein shake in hand. But when we consider what Ayurveda teaches us about digestion, along with what we know about our body’s response to exercise, we might change what we are tossing into the blender. 

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  • Introducing Our New Muscle Balm!
    • Ayurvedic Herbalism
    • July 12, 2017
    Introducing Our New Muscle Balm!

    Muscle Balm is a nourishing blend of oils and herbs that carefully soothes a tired or sore muscular system. The strengthening influence of ashwagandha is carried by organic sesame and sunflower oils to deeply revitalize the tissues, while cleansing herbs gokshura and manjistha help to properly move the lymph and whisk away accumulations of natural toxins in the muscles.

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  • Is Your Exercise Routine Helping or Hurting You?
    • Ayurveda & Fitness
    • May 31, 2017
    Is Your Exercise Routine Helping or Hurting You?

    We know that exercise is an important component of health, but is your exercise routine supporting your optimum health or causing decline and trouble? Ayurveda teaches that by understanding our body type and what it needs to be healthy, we can make exercise choices that are right for us.

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  • Exercise in the Vata Time of Life
    • Ayurveda & Fitness
    • May 08, 2017
    Exercise in the Vata Time of Life

    What are some ideal vata time of life exercises? Here are a few that I’ve fallen in love with over the years (well, not golf, but I’ll include it on the list!) that have helped to pacify my vata. I’ll bet you can guess what will be at the top of the list (hint hint—it’s the sister science of Ayurveda).

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  • Enhancing Athletic Performance with Ayurveda
    • Ayurveda & Fitness
    • May 02, 2017
    Enhancing Athletic Performance with Ayurveda

    Here are some of the broader insights about the three main qualities of energy (doshas) we distinguish in Ayurveda that I hope will help enhance your inner athlete, regardless of your level of proficiency.

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  • Start Your Meditation Practice Right Now
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • February 07, 2017
    Start Your Meditation Practice Right Now

    A time proven method to calm the mind and the senses is meditation. How do you begin meditating? It’s easier than you think. Here are some simple guidelines.

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  • 8 Secrets to Maintaining Your Exercise Regime
    • Ayurveda & Fitness
    • January 19, 2016
    8 Secrets to Maintaining Your Exercise Regime

    During this time of new beginnings and resolutions, start a fitness program that will last with these helpful tips.

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  • Stress Relief: an Essential First Step in Successful Weight-Loss
    • Emotional Wellness
    • January 13, 2016
    Stress Relief: an Essential First Step in Successful Weight-Loss

    Stress can distract us from making healthy choices throughout each day, but stress also impacts our metabolic processes in very real and detrimental ways.

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Ayurveda & Fitness

Regular exercise is important for maintaining our overall health—our bodies were designed for movement, after all! Exercise can help us in a variety of ways, including:

  • Balancing stress.
  • Calming the mind.
  • Boosting energy.
  • Strengthening muscles and bones.

Each of these benefits can go a long way in supporting our overall health, yet many in our society don’t get as much exercise as they should. These days, many of us find ourselves leading sedentary lifestyles—working at desks, behind counters, or sitting for long periods of time.

Ayurveda’s Fitness Tips

In Ayurveda, fitness tips aren’t just about losing weight. Instead of a “one-size-fits-all” approach to weight and health, Ayurveda recognizes the unique beauty in all body types and looks at the health of the whole person. With this in mind, fitness is approached from the intention of promoting a healthy lifestyle. Since Ayurveda acknowledges that all of us are different, fitness tips might vary from person to person, but in general, the following tips are recommended for most people:

Work out at 50 percent capacity. Once you’ve broken a mild sweat, you can stop for the day. There is no need to push yourself to your breaking point.

Breathe through the nostrils. Breathing through the nostrils supports the oxygenation of your body and mind throughout your workout.

Exercise at the right time of day. The best time of the day for most is to exercise is between the hours of 6 and 10 in the morning or evening.

Ayurveda also recommends taking the doshas (vata, pitta, and kapha) into consideration while planning your fitness routine.

  • A vata-balancing exercise routine should be gentle, stabilizing, and guard against over-exertion. Incorporating the earth element, groundedness, and fluidity will be helpful.
  • Similarly, a pitta-balancing exercise routine should also avoid over-exertion (especially considering pitta’s competitive, driven nature), focusing instead on elements of balance and a relaxed effort.
  • A kapha-balancing exercise routine should be more stimulating and present a fun challenge since kapha is the most stubborn of the doshas to balance.

To learn more, we recommend reading our main health guide on the topic, which has even more fitness tips to support the doshas via exercise.

Support Your Fitness Goals

This collection of articles is dedicated to teaching you about Ayurveda’s approach to fitness. There are a variety of ways to achieve fitness through the wisdom of Ayurveda. Yoga and meditation, for example, are incredibly supportive for the body, mind, and spirit. Many of these blogs will cover yoga lifestyle practices such as relaxing yoga poses and yoga sequences (such as moon salutation) to support your muscles, bones, joints, heart, and more.

Written by Ayurvedic yogis, practitioners, experts from the Ayurvedic community, and passionate members of our own writing staff, these blogs will help you gain a better understanding of Ayurveda’s unique perspective on fitness and exercise, and how you can use its ancient wisdom to achieve your fitness goals.

We hope these articles inspire you to create and fine-tune a fitness routine that best supports your needs, so that you can feel your very best with the power of Ayurveda.