In class we will practice yogic postures, flow sequences and pranayama (breathwork) and relate them to the principles of Ayurveda. Discover how we can learn to identify the doshas (ayurvedic constitutions – see below) that are present within us and implement ayurvedic ways of balancing our yoga practice and lifestyle. Classes will have a weekly theme and can cover specific doshas, imbalances or seasonal changes. Class open for everyone.
Yoga and Ayurveda are two ”sister” philosophies that originated in India thousands of years ago. Today many of us are familiar with yoga and the benefits that come from practicing and have experienced it through postures, breathwork and self-inquiry. In this class we are going to discover the connection between Yoga and Ayurveda. As living beings we are constantly in a flux: our mood and energy level shifts throughout the day. How we feel in the morning is different from how we are in the afternoon. According to Ayurveda, each one of us has a unique constitution governed by our physical and emotional makeup and also our lifestyle – what we eat, when we wake up in the morning, etc. These constitutions are called “doshas” and link to the elements. The three doshas are vata (air and ether), pitta (fire and water) and kapha (earth and water).
Vata – enthusiastic, creative, quick, spontaneous and wants (and needs) to dress warm. Gets cold easily. Likes to communicate and talk. When out of balance it may induce fear, anxiety, overwhelmed feeling, or an overactive mind.
Pitta – with a sharp intellect, heat and intensity, passion and focus. When out of balance can experience anger, burn-outs and jealousy.
Kapha – steady and slow, strong, calm, loving and thoughtful. Imbalances can show up as attachment, inertia and overweight.