Ayurveda Yoga Classes San Antonio TX

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210) 979 YOGA (9642).
8055 West Avenue
San Antonio, TX
Yoga Styles
Vinyasa flow

The Yoga Studio
(830) 537-3883
37 Walnut Grove Road
Boerne, TX
Yoga Styles
gentle flowing

Divine Yoga
(210) 828-4177
1609 W Lawndale Dr
San Antonio, TX
Bikram Yoga San Antonio LLC
(210) 824-6100
7959 Broadway St
San Antonio, TX
The Synergy Studio
(210) 824-4225
300 E Grayson St
San Antonio, TX
Heart and Soul Yoga
(210) 347-7512
28060 FM 3009
Gardenridge, TX
Yoga Styles
Hatha and Raja

210 Pilates
(210) 444-9208
210 W Elsmere Pl
San Antonio, TX
Hot Body Yoga
(210) 829-0088
1201 Austin Hwy
San Antonio, TX
Fit B
(210) 804-2348
5200 Broadway St
San Antonio, TX
Concord Athletic Club & Spa
(210) 828-8880
7700 Jones Maltsberger Rd
San Antonio, TX

The Six Tastes of Ayurveda

By Bess Hochstein

During a recent week at La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, California, I participated in The Chopra Center’s week-long Panchakarma and Perfect Health sessions, and indulged in two rich lunches catered by a local Indian restaurant. These abundant meals included multiple components—soup, dahl, vegetable curries, traditional Indian breads such as chapati or paratha, chutneys, raita, and sweet desserts—and guests were encouraged to have a bit of everything. It seemed like a heavy lunch during a week of detoxification, but it was a practical exercise in understanding the six tastes of Ayurveda, one of the concepts of healthful eating that we explored during the week.

In a series of lectures, we gained a basic theoretical understanding of the six tastes—sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent—and were introduced to the concept that a balanced, satisfying meal includes all six. In addition, we were taught that we should favor some of the tastes and go easy on others depending on our specific doshas—the Ayurvedic concept of an individual’s constitution, which is based largely on physical characteristics and temperament. Indeed, within the Ayurvedic system, all lifestyle choices should be made in accordance with one’s predominant dosha, each of which is characterized by a combination of the five elements.

The tastes of Ayurveda can also be characterized by the elements. To maintain balance and promote physical health and mental clarity through diet, individuals should focus on foods characterized by elements that are not dominant in their constitutions. This will pacify the predominant dosha; overemphasizing foods characterized by the same elements that comprise one’s dosha can lead to imbalance and disease. So, for example, since my dominant dosha is kapha, my ideal diet, Ayurvedically speaking, would emphasize dry, light, warming foods that are pungent, bitter, and astringent. An example of a meal balanced for my constitution would be a spicy bean dish with kale and ginger, plus small portions of bread and yogurt to include all six tastes.

The emphasis on balancing the six tastes is meant to promote proper digestion, which is the foundation of health from the Ayurvedic perspective. According to this system, strong digestive energy and metabolism, called agni and metaphorically viewed as fire, supports efficient elimination of waste and the creation of healthy tissue, and promotes strength, immunity, and clarity. When agni is weak, poor digestion creates toxic residue—called ama—that obstructs the flow of energy and nutrients, leading to disease. Emphasizing different tastes depending on an individual’s dosha recognizes that different people have different digestive qualities. For some, agni burns too hot, which can result in diarrhea, irritability, and excessive thirst and ...

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