Yoga Chikitsa which is done by using meditation and Pranayama has been used in both Ayurveda and Yoga for years. Yoga Chikitsa, which comprises of a couple of yogic exercises, can be done for over a period of time clubbed with Ayurvedic dietary and herbal therapies. Yoga Chikitsa plays a vital role in cleansing and rejuvenation processes used in Ayurvedic treatment Panchakarma.
Also before starting a Yoga practice, it is considered important to take into account the body structure (prakruti) of an individual and his doshas. Based on the type of doshas an individual possess, he is advised on the kind of Asanas to be practiced along with specific guidelines.
Individuals with Vata constitution are advised to remain calm and not move too quickly from one pose to another because this could aggravate the hyperactivity of individuals with vata. Exercises that prevent the problems pertaining to lower back and back bends can be focused. Ashtanga Yoga techniques are suggested for individuals with vata constitution.
Pitta individuals are advised to perform Asanas preferably at dawn or dusk. The reason being that as the exercises are basically heat producing, they could be performed during the cooler part of the day. Also emphasis can be laid on postures that help in releasing excess heat from the body. Vedanta and Jnana Yoga are recommended for Pitta types.
Kapha individuals are usually have a dislike for vigorous exercises. Hence the kind of postures adopted should be stimulating and energetic as long as their health permits to do so. Vinyasa is considered to be good for kapha constitutional individuals as it moves quickly from one pose to another, induces sweating and helps in being energetic. Bhakti yoga is recommended for kapha individuals.
While Ayuveda emphasizes on a diet that is helps in balancing the doshas of the body, Yoga emphasizes on a satwic diet. A combination of Ayurvedic and yogic diet is, however considered the best for most individuals.