Raw, adjective: 6. ignorant, inexperienced, or untrained: a raw recruit.
Curious about yoga's sister science, Ayurveda, but not really sure where to start? I've been there, too. It can be kind of overwhelming.
My colleague Lisa Munger has written an excellent simple, no-bullshit primer on the basics of Ayurveda. Follow the link for a great intro to concepts of prakriti (the body's natural constitution), the doshas (vata, pitta, and kapha), and more. Then head over to Banyan Botanicals for a simple self-test that can help determine your own dosha.
I appreciate Ayurveda's emphasis on balance. While my heart rests in much of the theory behind Traditional Chinese Medicine and even raw-food-based notions of natural hygiene, I think there's a great deal of wisdom here — and obviously the hundreds (thousands?) of years of Ayurvedic tradition speak to its efficacy, as well. I love what Lisa writes about how most of us pittas are naturally attracted to a hot, athletic yoga practice. Guilty as charged. There's so much truth in learning to find balance by seeking out natural complements to our inherent tendencies: in this case, a slower, more cooling, restorative practice.
Still working on that here at Chez Rach. The fire of a vigorous heated vinyasa continues to draw my passion. But that's why we practice, right? Day by day, little by little, we figure it out.