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|Practicing for YOUR Type-What's Your Dosha? Part V|
|Written by Susy Vishmid|
|Thursday, 02 December 2010 20:35|
Last but certainly never least, this is the fifth and final installment of the series What’s Your Dosha? So all this talk about dosha and ayurveda is just that…talk. Now ‘tis the season to act! First, you need to discover your own personal doshic constitution, so take the doshic quiz to find out. Once you know what your dominant dosha or doshas are (unless you are the fortunate few who are tri-doshic) you can determine the nature of your constitutional imbalance.
Remember the eight-limbed path, it’s gonna come in handy here. The two most accessible tools are asana and pranayama. The way a yogi practices directly affects their dosha. The postures, the duration of holding those postures and breath techniques are key to practicing the appropriate asana for your constitutional type. Here are some tips for practicing for your type:
Some key principals for the vata when practicing asana:
Some key principals for the kapha when practicing asana:
Using these tips you can take one pose, like adho mukha svanasana and work it very differently depending on your dosha. Vatas would focus their attention on holding the pose a little longer (10-20 breaths) and really grounding through the hands and feet and cultivate a calm steady breath pattern. The pitta would practice the pose with a sense of surrender allowing the heels to stretch towards the mat as opposed to forcing them down. Scanning the body for hidden areas of gripping or tension, the pitta would use the breath to smooth out any kinks or tense areas. Lastly, the kapha would hold this pose longer than the pitta and create a more rapid breathing pattern. Kaphas would work more aggressively here to keep the muscles hugging around the bones to stabilize the pose.
Check out David Frawley's book Yoga for Your Type An Ayurvedic Approach to Your Asana Practice.