GENERAL DESCRIPTIONS OF THE DOSHA TYPES
Body: Usually tall or very short frame, thin and little muscle development (lean), hard to hold weight, a tendency towards dryer skin, thin nails that easily crack, thin face, beady eyes, thin lips and nose, appetite is light, scanty eaters. They usually lack buttocks and little muscular development. Vatas are fast-moving in yoga postures and sequences.
Psychology: Creative, witty, fast thinkers, quick, many ideas and can have the tendency towards fear and worry when out of balance, they enjoy multitasking, can be more sensitive, at times they can feel ungrounded and unsettled if they skip a meal or experience overstimulation. They like change and variety. These days with all the media they can lean towards being forgetful, quick to attachment an quick to detachment, like a butterfly.
Sadhu Soma is the recommended herbal formula for the Vata mind, this calming and grounding formula is excellent for meditation, improved sleep and promoting a balanced state of being.
Body: They have a medium build with moderate muscle development, they can gain some weight and perspire very well. The pitta body is very symmetrical, the body and or face can easily become red or flushed (complexion), they tend to have warm skin, have freckles on the face, shoulders or chest and have medium-sized facial features. The can have ravenous appetites, pittas are motivated, driven, focused and goal-seeking, they have great concentration and persistence. They usually enjoy competition and sports and often aim to be the best.
Psychology: Often argumentative and good debaters, aggressive; have a sharp memory, great concentration, very neat and organized, irritable and a tendency towards anger, temper tantrums; quick to be emotional but would never admit to it. While they can be great friends, they can come across as cruel or shrewd.
Jaima is the ideal herbal formula for pitta types, especially women with excess heat in the body.
Body: They are stout and have well-developed bodies, they have a tendency towards obesity, have a pale complexion with thick and soft skin, large facial features, attractive eyes, and thick or plump lips. Their appetite is consistent and slow, they can hesitate to be active, they are physically strong with good endurance but have very low speed. They can have strong immune systems and can bear much stress, their joints are very thick,
Psychology: Kapha's are friendly, they create a strong sense of community, culture, and faith; kaphas are loving and romantic but on the negative side can be greedy and not always capable of change; travel less as they enjoy a sense of home; are easily attached and struggle to let go of the past. They are very slow thinkers, pensive, but always get things done. Kapha types have a great memory, they are emotionally calm and maintain stable relationships and are very loyal.
Prana Enhance is the perfect herbal formula for maintaining a balance of kapha. Prana Enhance promotes good circulation which kapha types really need.
AYURVEDIC YOGA PRACTICE NOTES
Vata (Air) – Approach postures carefully and slowly, have a gentle attitude and practice towards feeling grounded and stable in each pose. Take time to set up and settle into each posture, never rush. Avoid overexertion and falling out of postures repeatedly. Deepen and expand the length of your breathing by using the nostrils only. The aim is to release tension from the hips and the lumbar spine where Vata accumulates.
Pitta (Fire) – Perform postures without tension and in a way that is relaxing and soothing. Never force your practice but find a steady rhythm. Take rest when necessary and practice moderation and even-mindedness. At times when the practice is intense, it is important to alternate breathing between the nose and mouth to keep from overheating. Always end with a soothing touch. The aim is to release tension from the mid-abdomen where Pitta accumulates.
Kapha (Water) – Motivation and quickness are key to your practice. Do more than preferred and work to heat the body and create a good sweat. Postures should not be held long and more standing postures are preferable. Rests or savasana should be short and breathing should be done more rapidly to create heat. The aim is to open the chest and lungs where Kapha accumulates.
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