How to Get the Most Benefit
(and Joy) from Yoga Poses

Yoga Poses are a vital part of holistic living.

Ayurveda & Yoga are sister sciences and were always practiced together in ancient India. One cannot live without the other. Sometimes they were referred to as inseparable sisters.

One of the meanings of the word Yoga is unity. From my own practice, I find this to be true. When I practice Yoga, I feel connected to my own breath, I feel united with the Universe. Body, mind, and breath are connected, they are one.

Arabesque Yoga Posture

Breath is a vital part of Yoga Positions. Breath takes us first deeper into ourselves and then carries us from one yoga pose to the next. When we follow our breath, we are less likely to cause injury or overstretch. Our breath is our guide. Our breath is the most important and vital friend we have. Always with us. Always ready to help. Always guiding us.

Yoga Poses help you to quiet your mind and come in a closer contact with your true nature. Connect with your breath. Come closer to yourself.

Yoga Positions bring the most benefit if practiced daily (your practice needs to be tuned down or omitted when on your period).

When you are feeling too ungrounded, scattered, irritated or otherwise not present to practice Yoga, start first with the Alternate Nostril Breathing

Tree_Yoga Posture_ONP

You can practice your favorite Yoga Poses basically anywhere. My favorite place is nature. I particularly like balancing poses on the rocks.

It's so much fun and the rock is such a great way to connect with the Earth element. It almost feels like your foot (when well balanced, totally in the present moment and without fear) becomes part of the Earth. In this moment, you really become one with the rock. The rock truly supports you. Only when you start having doubts or questions appear in your mind, you lose your balance.

Yoga Poses For Different Ayurveda Body Types

Knowing which Ayurveda Body Type you are or which dosha is currently too high and needs balancing, will help you to adjust your yoga positions.

In general, if you are feeling spacey, scattered, with too much to do, follow Vata Yoga Poses.

If you are hot, angry, competitive, and everybody just seems to get on your nerves, follow Pitta Yoga Poses.

If you are feeling heavy, lazy, just want to lie on the couch and do nothing, than the Kapha Yoga Poses are probably the best for you.

If you are not sure, and feel little bit of everything, just follow your breath, which will always guide you. Just start stretching, moving with awareness from one yoga posture to the next.

Sun Salutation is a great yoga sequence that you can practice daily regardless of which body type you are.

Vata Yoga Poses

Vata benefits from slow, grounding Yoga positions that connect with the breath.

Any poses that are on the ground (connecting with the Earth element) and are slow are benefiting Vata. To balance Vata, it's important to keep a daily routine of the Yoga positions. If you have a high Vata, you are most likely to get carried away to something else or forget or have 'too much to do.' When you are feeling overwhelmed, scattered, spacey, or just 'like a wind' you are probably experiencing high Vata. Just lie on the ground in a Shavasana and focus on your breath. If you do this Yoga posture for 5 minutes, your Vata will significantly reduce.

Halasana, Plough Pose is another great Vata reducing Yoga posture.

Pitta Yoga Poses

Pittas benefit from cooling Yoga positions. When in the Yoga class, avoid mirrors and comparing yourself to other people. Try even closing your eyes if at all possible and really connect with your core. Follow your breath and try to do less than you are able to (I know this can be a challenge!). Don't push yourself. Avoid Bikram, Ashtanga Yoga (which might be your favorites!) and practicing Yoga when it's too hot or during noon hours. Avoid Head Stand (or only practice Head Stand when your environment and your mind are 'cool'). Shoulder Stand on the other hand, is a great Yoga posture to reduce Pitta as it focuses your energy inwards (you are looking up your body and not outside when in Shoulder Stand).

Avoid anything that is too exhausting or requires lots of strength. Avoid moving too fast. Be aware of your breath at all times.

Kapha Yoga Poses

If you are moving fast, you are reducing your Kapha. It's good to sweat for Kaphas and little push doesn't hurt either.

If you are trying to reduce Kapha, you can be moving quite fast (always with breath and awareness, of course) from one Yoga posture to the next. You can also perform Yoga in a heated room, and therefore Kaphas can enjoy the Bikram Yoga. Ashtanga Yoga and other vigorous yoga and exercise are also very beneficial.

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Garurasana/Eagle pose 
I am a beginner and have learned this pose through Bikrim. My work is physically demanding and this pose stretches my shoulders in ways I can not achieve …

Pigeon pose 
Start kneeling on all fours. Bring one leg forward with your heel fitting into your groin. Stretch the other leg out behind you flat to the floor with …

Royal Dancer 
This is kind of a forward balancing move with one foot on the ground and the other grasped with same side hand. I think vatas might like this because it …

Child's Pose 
On the floor arms above the head with forehead flat on the mat. Knees bent under the chest. Stretches back arms and chest.

I am Pitta Vatta /Vatta Pitta...Shavasana is life saving! Life gracing Not rated yet
Also, child's pose for calming and restoring energies

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I am on peak of Vata dosha now, which has affected my whole nervous system and spine due to a year long negligence. Natarajasana helps me to get rid of …

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STEP-BY-STEP Kneel on the floor with your knees hip width and thighs perpendicular to the floor. Rotate your thighs inward slightly, narrow your hip points, …

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