This is the second installment of our 2 part series on Yoga and Ayurveda. The science and art of vitality; presented by Ashwin Patil – who is currently undergoing a prolonged period of Yoga study at the Sivananda Institute in Rishikesh.

The last article went into some depth on the subject of determining our body type or Dosha. This write-up will cover the various ways and means of balancing our body through food and exercise.

The various combination of 3 mental constitutions of yoga ( Satvic, Rajsic and Tamsic) and 3 physical constitutions of Ayurveda ( Vata, Pitta and Kapha), there are 9 combinations

Constitutional and Energetic combinations

1) Satvic Vata

2) Satvic Pitta

3) Satvic Kapha

4) Rajsic Vata

5) Rajsic Pitta

6) Rajsic Kapha

7) Tamsic Vatta

8) Tamsic Pitta

9) Tamsic Kapha.

Most of us belong to the 4, 5, 6 category and the knowledge of this categorisation can help us personalising the yoga practice which can help us graduate from lower self-higher self.

Recommended Asanas for Vata,Pitta and Kapha Doshas:

People with Vata Dosha should practice more grounding asanas with steady pace and concentration on breath. They should focus on stability, awareness and attention. They should never over extend themselves or exhaust themselves while practicing asanas.

Asanas for people with Vata Dosha:

Slow Surya Namaskaar ( Slow Sun Salutaion)

Veerabhadra Asana 1,2 (Warrior 1,2)

Bakasana ( Crane Pose)

Vrakshasana( Tree Pose)

Bhujanga Asana ( Cobra Pose)

People with Pitta Dosha should practice asanas with fun and relaxation. They should remind themselves that yoga is not competition. They should use exhalation to give away with anger and other negative emotions.

Asanas for people with Pitta Dosha:

Balasana ( Child pose)

Marjariasana (Cat pose)

Utkata Asana( Chair pose)

Chandra Namaskaar ( Moon Salutation)

Shavasana (Corpse Pose)

Bridge Asana ( Setu Badh)

Full yogic breathing.

People with Kapha Dosha should practice asanas with intensity and some pace, challenge oneself and be precise in the asanas and alignment should keep moving with little rest.

Asanas for people with Kappha Dosha

Fast Surya Namaskaar ( Fast Sun Salutation)

Gowmukh Asana ( Cow face Asana)

Reverse Verrabhdra (Reverse Warrior)

Vashishtasana ( Side Plank)

Leg Rotation

Leg Lifts

Leg Cycling

Full yogic breathing

All of these and more are practiced each week at the Yoga sessions held at the Reading Temple. From experience it takes about 6 weeks of practice and dedicated discipline before real and big changes are experienced. Come and try for yourself and experience the full benefits of Yoga.

References : Bhagwat Gita by Swami Sivanada, Yoga and Ayurveda by David Frawley, Practical Yoga Psychology by Bihar School of Yoga