When you do Yoga for your body type you are harnessing the natural power of your body and the laws of nature to mind-body health drug-free, herb-free, all natural. At the same time if you are doing the wrong poses in the wrong way, then you might as well be eating a burger and fries at the local McDonalds. For instance, if you suffer from constipation or sleeplessness or excessive thoughts, then doing vigorous Ashtanga Yoga or lots of fast Surya Namaskars is going to exacerbate the problem. But if you do the same things in a different way, you will get rid of these problems and get a lot of relief.
What yoga for me?
For that you need to identify our ayurvedic body type. As mentioned in our previous blog, Ayurveda and yoga are sister sciences that developed together 5000 years ago and complement each other. Using both together is the way to maximize your time, effort and benefits. (http://www.yogatailor.com/blog/2011/01/super-charge-the-benefits-yoga-for-your-body-type/)
How do I find my Ayurveda Body type?
Ayurveda, the science of life, is based on the philosophy that all organic and inorganic substances are made up of five basic elements. Ether, Air, Fire, Water, Earth. These are the building blocks of all material existence. Everything we know has a varying ratio of the five elements. Humans are also a combination of the five elements (http://www.pvpulse.com/en/community/blogs/ayurveda-blog/ayurveda-history-the-five-elements-theory)
Ayurveda identifies 3 body types that arise from different combinations of the 5 elements found in nature. Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. These are also called “doshas”
Vata = air + space
Pitta = fire + water
Kapha = earth + water
For each type, there is a balanced and imbalance expression. When Vata is balanced, a person is lively and creative, but when there is too much movement in the system, a person tends to experience anxiety, insomnia, dry skin, constipation, and difficulty focusing. When Pitta is functioning in a balanced manner, a person is warm, friendly, disciplined, a good leader, and a good speaker. When Pitta is out of balance, a person tends to be compulsive and irritable and may suffer from indigestion or an inflammatory condition. When Kapha is balanced, a person is sweet, supportive, and stable but when Kapha is out of balance, a person may experience sluggishness, weight gain, and sinus congestion. (http://www.chopra.com/ayurveda)
Most of us have a predominant dosha in our constitution, and some people have a dual doshic constitution, where two doshas are equally predominant. It is extremely rare to find someone with all doshas in equal proportions. (http://www.bluelotusayurveda.com/doshas.html)
There are many quick ways to find out your dosha type. You can take any of myriad online quizzes. Here are two you can choose from:
Once you have determined your body type, find out what and how to do yoga for your body type in the next blog. And of course a great way is by availing yourself of the convenience of the customized online Yoga programs offered at Yogatailor.com
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Please note that this is not a substitute for professional medical advice nor does it replace the services of a real life Ayurvedic consultation.
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