The subtitle of this work is Ayurveda for Yoga Teachers and Students: Bringing Ayurveda into Your Life and Practice and it sums it up well.
I’ve read other books about Ayurveda – Yoga’s sister science of well-being – I’ve sat in courses, but the theory never seemed to sink in, nor to be usable in practice – perhaps not surprising when you are trying to condense traditional skills which would have been handed down over generations and learned and perfected in lifetimes – but this is the first time some of it made sense.
The author writes well and presents Ayurvedic concepts practically and simply, enough detail for it to make sense and join the dots, not so much so much detail you get lost.
I learned a lot from this book, and whilst it doesn’t make me an Auurveda expert, it certainly helped cement my understanding. It left me thinking that maybe I was over thinking – historically Yoga and Ayurveda were separate disciplines, but perhaps the Westernised model of Yoga, as it moves toward medio-therapeutic, now embraces both? Perhaps trying to learn both as the sages would have done doesn’t fit into the world here and now.
Anyway, by far this is the best Ayurveda book I’ve read, and one I would endorse.