Yoga and Ayurveda go hand in hand. Millions of people in the United States and Canada practice yoga for different benefits. Yoga became trendy. Doing it for many is just like having the newest electronics gadget or consuming healthy foods. It is good to understand the connection between yoga and Ayurveda, as well as the role of shilajit in both.
The modern westernized yoga practice in the west is more rooted in Ayurveda, which is an ancient Indian system of holistic healing. Asanas or postures in common English, the way we practice them for health benefits are an integral part of Ayurveda. Traditional yoga is more spiritual and complex than just asana practice. Ayurveda uses asanas along with herbs, regimens, pranayama, mantras, and meditation to naturally heal and strengthen the body and mind.
Westerners use yoga not only to fulfill their spirituality but primarily to heal the body and focus the mind. It is interesting to look onto Shilajit as an Ayurvedic and holistic substance contributing to their yoga practice. We are to make an honest remark stating that shilajit is a supreme healing substance not only in Ayurveda. Eastern European holistic tradition, as well as many eastern cultures, hold shilajit in highest regard for multiple health benefits.
Now, let’s take a look into what shilajit is to Ayurveda. Charaka Samhita, a foundational text in Ayurvedic medicine, mentions shilajit very explicitly. According to Charaka, shilajit is a supreme healing substance among all herbs one can take to improve health. The author also states one can not cure any curable disease without the use of shilajit.
As the book is over 2000 years, this ayurvedic mainstream view towards shilajit became more of a dogma than a common-sense principle. High demand for shilajit exactly due to the popularity in Ayurveda practically wiped out shilajit raw material reserves in India. Mass demand also created a massive market for counterfeit products, which are still called shilajit. Today over 99% of the mineral pitch, also known regionally as shilajit, moomiyo, bragshun, salajeet are imitation products.
The wisdom of Ayurveda comes in handy in such a situation. Modern medical and chemical science supports tradition as well. According to Ayurveda substances, medicinal ones, in particular, have three properties or tendencies called gunas.(Author’s note: guna is a concept, which is often used to describe states or properties of being of things or substances) They are tamas, sattva, and rajas.
Sattvic substances represent purity, high quality, improvement, higher motives, free from adulteration, promoting health, well-being, and health, they promote truth, good memory, and concentration. Sattva is the highest of all gunic properties. Tamasic substances are the ones of darkness, stagnation, impurity, destruction, ignorance, negative properties, lies this is the lowest of all three gunic properties. Rajasic substances are the ones associated with movement, stimulation, and excitement. Rajasic substances are in between Sattvic and Tamasic; they can lead to improvement as well as the downfall of health.
Yogis are heavily influenced by Ayurveda and often take shilajit as a substance to support their health and quality of the yoga. High-end shilajit improves yoga practice substantially. It speeds up and sustains transition into the “yogic” state where the mind becomes one with the body. In this state, the mind becomes focused and tranquil, and the body becomes strong and healthy. Not every yogini and yogi has enough time to study Ayurveda, understand gunic properties and pick shilajit that is Sattvic.
All substances available called shilajit from Ayurvedic point of view is Sattvic, Rajasic or Tamasic.
The lowest quality will be counterfeits such as powders and imitation resins. These substances are tamasic. Faking genuine shilajit, lacking purity and quality, they will take away from health and cause disease.
Mid quality resins are rajasic depending one the person they will either cause damage or some improvement short term. Over time, they will cause more harm than good. The issue is due to improper processing, low quality initial raw material, excipients and contaminants in the resin.
High-end, superior shilajit resins are Sattvic. It is resins of very high quality, closest to nature, without fillers or excipients, made in clean intentions to benefits health. They improve the health, clear the mind, strengthen the body, provide clean energy, rid of tamasic and rajasic tendencies in the body. Yoga benefits by having a more focused, stronger and better-developed practice. Old yoga injuries heal faster, and new ones prevented. The practitioner feels like she or he is confidently riding the high wave of yoga.
Aware super-yogis take Pürblack Live Resin, because they understand what Sattvic quality is. They are also aware of major differences between Pürblack and other products that call themselves Shilajit and moomiyo. Pürblack is the only resin in North America; that publicly revealed the manufacturing process in the form of a patent application. It features the cleanest manufacturing process; the result is closest to the natural state in nature. Our resin creates Sattvic benefits; it rebuilds and improves the body and moves it away from rajasic and tamasic tendencies. Practices become much stronger and meditations deeper and cleaner.