Yoga & Ayurveda to Balance Your Dosha
Yoga and Ayurveda are sister sciences to create balance of mind, body and Spirit. According to Ayurveda, we are all comprised of energy and a blending of the elements: earth, fire, water, ether (air). If you get an ayurvedic assessment, you can learn your particular dosha or make-up – whether you have a propensity for strong fire (Pitta), earth/water (Kapha) or air (Vata). Once you know your natural dosha, you can use the ancient Healing Practices of Yoga and ayurveda to create more balance for yourself.
High Pitta usually means you have an athletic body type and likely have a driven/ambitious personality. These are the Type A personalities – very often successful in your line of work etc.
-Eat a Pitta-balancing diet.
-Eat in a quite tranquil environment.
-Avoid artificial stimulants.
-Engage in calming interests, such as time in nature.
-Do yoga, tai chi, or walking.
Strong Kapha nature is commonly associated with a tendency to hold weight or retain water, maybe also a liking or inclination toward material possessions. Often Kapha types own nice things – homes, cars, etc. – this is a stable, steady personality, but sometimes has difficulty or resistance to change.
-Eat a Kapha-balancing diet.
-Simplify your lifestyle.
-Focus on non-attachment in daily life.
-Do emotional housekeeping regularly.
-Routine for meditation and writing.
–Go to bed early and rise early.
Conversely, the Vata persons are lighter body type – tending to be thin, are constantly changing and maybe unable to stay in any one place/job/relationship for much duration.
-Eat a Vata-balancing diet.
-Eat in a peaceful environment.
-Spend time in nature).
-Regular daily routine.
-Go to bed early.
These are high-level generalizations of the doshas, and most persons are some combination of the three doshas. There are other aspects of each – a detailed ayurvedic analysis for yourself will be most telling.
With an understanding of your dosha, you can apply ayurvedic and yogic practices to balance all three doshas within yourself – creating perfect peace, harmony and health. Pitta persons will benefit much from cooling dietary habits and mellow yoga practice. Kapha persons need to increase their Vata (air) so more active yoga such as Ashtanga or Vinyasa Flow are in order, and eating raw food like salads may be helpful. Those with Vata predominance need to ground more, so eat root vegetables and take up Hatha Yoga practice wherein poses are held longer – Iyengar is an excellent style for these types. SpiritQuest Sedona Retreats offers Yogic and Meditation Retreats that will teach you how restored this calm balance through Yoga and Ayurveda.