Reducing excessive vata with ayurveda yoga
As the weather continues to change towards colder temperatures and dryer air seeps in, our bodies start to change as well. If you are noticing that your skin and hair is dry and you are feeling tired, unable to fully focus, or your sleep is disturbed, these are typical signs of Vata imbalance. Yoga is a very important part in helping reduce some of of the symptoms you may commonly suffer from, but are you doing the right type of yoga during this time? Check out the tips below to make your yoga practice work for you!
1. You should never try to rush or hurry into asana practice.
2. You should always do gradual warm- ups for the body first that improves circulation and loosens your joints.
3. You should practice postures that are grounding and give you stability and strength. Yin yoga is a good example.
4. You should practice gentle flowing movements without fast jerky movements.
5. You should practice postures that emphasize the pelvic region and colon – the main sites of where vata sits.
6. You should practice postures that aim at releasing the tension from the hips, lumbar spine and sacroiliac joints.
7. You should practice in a warm environment and if possible, where you can connect with the earth.
8. You should breathe deeply, slowly, and completely in all your yoga postures.
9. You should practice postures that create strength and stillness in the lower abdomen.
10. After your yoga practice, you should make sure that you rest and relax thoroughly and not end your practice abruptly to engage in activity that disturbs your mind and body.
Christy Studant ~ “Living Powerfully”