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Transforming Fear to Joy

Yoga Asana for Your Ayurvedic Body Type — Vata, Pitta, Kapha

In the study of yoga, Ayurveda is known as the healing wisdom and was discovered during higher states of meditative consciousness.

Just as there are no two people exactly alike, there are no two identical mind-body types (doshas).  Your dosha is like your fingerprint.  We each hold elements of all three doshas — vata, pitta, kapha.  However, often two doshas express themselves stronger within each of us.

We are born in a perfect state of balance, but as life unfolds, we may find ourselves out of balance.  Knowing your dosha type allows you to assess what and where the imbalance is and how to regain calm abiding and clear seeing.  To return to balance is to live with meaning, health and happiness in the dosha combination that is your birthright.

The Vata dosha body type is always on the go.  Movement and change predominate for this energetic, creative mind and lean body.  An imbalanced vata dosha expresses in the body as weight loss, constipation, arthritis, restlessness and digestive challenges.

VATAAIRETHER
Strength(heart chakra)(throat chakra)
MOTIONCOLD
DRY
IRREGULAR
NUMBNESS
DEPLETED/CONFUSION
TREMORS
* grounding practices; if too windy/airy, you need brawn/muscularity

The Pitta dosha is our digestive fire responsible for body temperature, metabolism and physical suppleness.  Too much pitta results in excess hunger and thirst and minimal sleep along with other fiery symptoms.

PITTAFIRE
Flexibility(solar plexus chakra)
TRANSFORMATIONINTENSE
HOT
IRRITABLE
ERUPTIONS
FEVERS/BURNING PAINS
ACID INDIGESTION
*calming practices; if over-achieving, you need flexibility

The Kapha dosha governs the structure (cells, muscles, bones, fat, sinew) of the body.  Kapha’s are slow, steady and solid with naturally calm and loving constitutions.  In excess, kapha manifests in weight gain, fluid retention, allergies and depression.