Ayurveda Yoga for your body type and state of mind
What is Ayurveda Yoga?
Ayurveda yoga is basically a customized yoga class to balance your doshas. In Sanskrit the word “dosha” literally means “that which becomes imbalanced”, meaning that you do yoga postures, breathing and meditation exercises which will benefit your mental state and physical constitution. Ayurveda is a lifestyle and certain lifestyle habits will make you feel more in balance. You just choose and give it a try. You can make a “dosha-imbalance test” to find out what type of ayurvedia yoga practice is best for you. Then, you simply choose and give it a try. We are always a combination of Pitta, Kapha and Vata. I recommend you try all three ayurveda yoga types. You can always ask me after the class for further recommendations.
Read further to find out which type of ayurveda yoga might be suitable for your body type and character. Each person has elements of all three doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha), so reducing a person to a single dosha would be an oversimplification. It is very common that two doshas dominate and there are only a few people I have meet that are “tridoshic”, meaning that they have an even balance of all three doshas. You can do the yoga poses on the mat or sitting on a chair if needed. I invite you to listen to your body and be aware of your limitations and I will guide you through the yoga poses and help you to customize any yoga position according to your needs so you can feel safe in every position and/or breathing exercise.
During an ayurveda yoga class, you will do different breathing exercises, meditate and develop your inner wellbeing, as well as explore the physical body, refine your yoga positions and feel your limitations. I will not give a lecture on ayurveda or ayurvedic yoga during the class. If you want to deepen your knowledge you can sign up for my online course.
The Stable Kapha
In Ayurveda “Kapha” is associated with the earth and water elements. Yoga for Kapha types will be more vigorous and intense to strengthen and balance the heavy earth and moist water element. Kapha people are more likely to develop overweight, allergies and respiratory conditions. Great focus will be given to agility, balance, flow movements but also strengthening exercises for the stomach region and back. Postures (also called asanas) for Kapha will strengthen the lungs, respiratory system and mobilize the internal organs. Asanas will be uplifting, activating and warming to increase energy and vitality. We will start the class with vigorous activity and continue to do exercises to calm down the system.
A Kapha person is more likely to choose a gentle practice and restorative or yin yoga classes; activities that feel good and which are not too challenging. With a more powerful and energetic regular practice a Kapha person can experience a significant uplift in mood and overall improvement of health.
The Passionate Pitta
Pitta yoga or exercise should be of moderate intensity to balance the warm and restless fire and water elements. Pittas are typically passionate and highly intelligent, but they are also prone to anger and aggressiveness. People of this constitution are more likely to develop inflammatory conditions, heartburns, acid indigestion, reflux and headaches. Asanas will be slower and heart opening, where we invite the cooling air of the wind element and the stable and grounding earth element. Focus will be drawn to strengthen the small intestines, liver and eyes. The stomach area is of great importance and seat of “agni”, the digestive fire, and with specific yoga exercises this area will be purified and revitalized.
A pitta person is often drawn to challenging practices to soothe its competitive mind. Even though relaxation is what they need, they often resist it because they think it is a waste of time. It is very challenging for a pitta type to do less and relax more even if this is exactly what they need!
Vata In Motion
In Vata dosha the air and space elements dominate. A Vata person tend to be creative and has a lot of energy, is in constant motion, but easily distracted. Vatas are more likely to develop conditions such as anxiety, joint and back pain, and conditions of the nervous system. They can often feel bloated and constipated and might suffer from lack of sleep. Vata yoga practice will take place in a calm and humble environment. Attention will be given to grounding and focusing asanas that are warming. Vata balancing postures will mobilize the colon, lower abdomen, pelvis and lower back, but also calm the nervous system. A class will include heat creating breathing exercises (also called pranayamas), relaxation and meditation.
Vatas choose very often a dynamic and movement-oriented yoga practice and vigorous pranayama (breathing techniques). Due to their restless minds, some vatas may have a hard time doing a slower and more meditative practices. At the beginning of a practice session, vatas may benefit from flowing poses, such as sun salutations, to burn off some steam. Grounding poses, such as standing poses held for a longer time, can help reduce vata imbalances. Vatas must first become grounded before moving on to more vigorous practice. This prevents getting out of balance. A regular yoga practice at a fixed time each day is most beneficial for them to get into a routine.
There is currently no Ayurveda yoga course planned.