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What is Ayurveda?

What is Ayurveda?

De Uria is dedicated to bringing our customers the highest quality of natural yoga and lifestyle products. We work with sustainable materials and productions, and create our products with an understanding of the energy that goes into them.  In short, we create conscious products for conscious people.

One of the ways that we bring special energy to our yoga mats and other products is through the use of Ayurvedic herbs in the dyeing process.  This is an ancient process called Ayurvasta which has been practiced in India for thousands of years.  Not only do these herbs offer beautiful, vibrant colors, they also impart healing properties to our yoga mats.

Some of you may already know all about Ayurveda, but for those who would like to know more, we wanted to share a bit more about this time-honored tradition.  Ayurveda has been practiced for more than 5000 years.  It is rooted in the Vedic culture of India and has influenced a number of other medical traditions, including Tibetan medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, and the Greek roots of Western medicine.  It is a holistic practice that incorporates physical, mental, and energetic components, seeing each as an essential aspect of comprehensive health.

In the Ayurvedic perspective, each individual is seen as a unique combination of different qualities.  These qualities are called doshas.  The three doshas are vata, pitta, and kapha, and each is related to certain aspects of physical and mental constitution.  Vata is light, quick, and active, mentally as well as physically.  Pitta is robust and muscular, with strong metabolism, high energy, and a strong drive.  Kapha is heavier bodied, sensual, and steadfast, determined and patient.

Each person has a different balance of these doshas.  When they are in balance with our natural constitution, we are healthy.  However, when these qualities are out of balance, we experience challenges to our health, both on mental and physical levels.  Ayurveda uses diet, herbs, and cleansing techniques alongside a highly sophisticated diagnostic method to establish and maintain a healthy dosha balance.  When we understand our own balance and the impact of different foods and herbs, we can use this understanding to become healthier and more vital.

There are many techniques used in Ayurveda for treatment and prevention of illness.  Lifestyle and diet are important in Ayurvedic medicine, bit this is just the tip of the iceberg.  Cleanses and physical forms of treatment are within the scope of Ayurvedic practice, as is the use of herbs or other products to medicinally return the body to balance.  Ayurvastra is another traditional technique, and it involves the use of cloth made from natural fibers and dyed with Ayurvedic herbs.  This cloth can be used for clothing, bedding, scarves, or other purposes.  By using cloth prepared in this way, you can reap the benefits of these healing herbs without having to ingest them.

This is one of the things that make our yoga mats unlike any others that you have ever encountered.  They are created from completely natural materials, ethically sourced and produced in sustainable ways that benefit all communities involved.  Taking it a step further, they are imbued with healing energies in the traditional yogic tradition.  De Uria Yoga mats are created by yogis for those who are serious about bringing their lives into alignment with the yogic perspective.