Yoga Poses for Your Dosha
To cater to your own Dosha’s needs, doing certain exercises and physical sports requires specific tailoring so that you can achieve the best balance possible. Of course, being that Dosha Pops have flavors that are specifically designed for every Dosha, you could say the same about Yoga’s diverse instructions. For every Dosha, there is a pose (or stretch) that can help you attain the ultimate strengthening for your mind and body. Here are a few examples:
Vata – The typical Vata is always on the go. They have a packed schedule and know how to get things done, but that busy schedule also means that they get stressed easily. This stress can cause anxiety and wear a Vata out easily, so it’s important to practice yoga in a way that is grounding and relaxing.
- Tree pose: Take advantage of the way that this pose really connects you to your roots. Even if you don’t have good balance, this is a great way to get in touch with your thoughts and slow them down if need be. Use this pose as your go-to when you’re feeling anxious or stressed to help you reset.
- Shavasana: While shavasana, also known as corpse pose, comes at the end of many yoga practices, it’s especially important for Vatas to take advantage of. Since they spend all day running around, taking a minimum of 15-20 minutes to just do nothing is crucial. This pose helps with anxiety and may also relieve insomnia.
Pitta – Yoga is sometimes hard for Pittas because they are born with a competitive edge. They are very ambitious, which means it’s best to take it easy during yoga to avoid over-exerting themselves. Pittas tend to carry excess heat, so any yoga poses that allow them to release heat while staying calm and relaxed are best. In addition, practicing yoga in the morning or evening when it’s cooler is best–no hot yoga!
- Pigeon: This pose is great for Pittas because it allows the release of heat from the chest while providing a relaxing hip opener.
- Cat/cow: The repetition of the cat/cow combination is great for a Pitta because it allows for the relaxation of the mind. It also provides a way to release stress and tension from the abdominal area.
Kapha – Kaphas tend to do everything slower but at the same time are more likely to have good stamina and strength. It’s important to capitalize on those traits while practicing yoga by trying to create heat and challenging yourself. Moving through a quick flow with Vinyasa is great for a Kapha because it offers a physical challenge while calming the mind.
- Plow: Plow pose is difficult for many but a Kapha can handle it. It’s the perfect combination of challenge and inversion to keep you on your toes, literally and figuratively. It also helps create heat, which is essential to keep a Kapha’s body light and warm.
- Warrior series: Holding standing poses for a longer time than normal is important for Kaphas as a way to build endurance. In particular, consider the warrior series and hold the poses for as long as you can to build strength and stability.
Have you found any yoga poses that are particularly helpful for your Dosha? Tell me in the comments!