With my interest in a holistic approach to nutrition, I have been reading about Ayurveda a fair bit recently. Yoga and Ayurveda are often described as “sister” disciplines, having come about from the same area at similar times to one another. In this month’s edition of Om Yoga Magazine, Faye Hart and Dr Brennan touched on how to incorporate Ayurvedic principles into day-today yoga practice.
For those of you unfamiliar to the science of Ayurveda, an important part is that we are all made up of three groups of characteristics, and that one of these usually dominates. These are called doshas but could also be thought of as imbalances. So, for example, the Vata dosha can result in anxious, erratic and forgetful behaviour when out of balance, and so opposites are required to rebalance. If you would like to find out your dosha, I would recommend trying a couple of different tests online and comparing results.
Tailoring a yoga practice to your dosha is a great way to attune breathwork and pace to your needs. For Vata, slow breathing and steady movements are ideal. Try Iyengar yoga and practice Ujjayi breath. Pitta needs to release competitiveness, and a relaxed practice is ideal for this. Alongside more flowing classes, add in some yin yoga. In contrast, Kapha benefits from an energetic practice, balanced with steady breathing. Vinyasa yoga is dynamic and so works perfectly for this.
This article provided an interesting introduction to Ayurveda and how it can fit in with yoga. Would you adjust your practice to suit your dosha?
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