Yoga teachers usually find themselves in a room full of many different people, many different minds, many different bodies, many different age groups, and many different limitations... and limited tools to take on all these factors. Knowing how to identify the Ayurvedic doshas when taking it all in gives you an upper edge in not only customizing a yoga class further, but also in improving your communication, instruction techniques, and teaching methods per situation.
Ayurvedic Yoga is not limited to a particular style, or brand of fixed positions or sequences. It borrows from the many modalities, tools and techniques of the Yoga tradition, as well as, those devised by great Rishis and Yogis over the ages. It is about understanding the use of postures and breathing practices and then applying them more specifically to an individual’s physical and mental needs. Yes, in general, everyone will benefit from a yoga practice that includes all types of postures, sequences and breathing techniques. Ayurveda, however, brings us further into understanding the what, when, why, and how.
Here is more about each Dosha as a Yoga Student:
THE VATA YOGA STUDENT
When you have a little more Vata or air in you, your practice tends to be quick, light, and agile with a focus on flexibility. You enjoy a flowing dance of movement based on intuition and creativity that is always changing. They typically use variety within the practices, choosing different poses and sequences each day and changing the time of day when practice is done. Asana practice will vary with pranayama, mudra and meditation. Vata Yogis can go out of balance the easiest of any type, and benefit from grounding poses and structural balance with some consistency.
THE PITTA YOGA STUDENT
A Pitta-dominant student will tend to be competitive in their practice with an inclination to judge and compare it with that of others. These constitutions have the greatest ability to practice Yoga and are usually the best athletes and asana teachers, with a tendency to work hard and long on achieving and perfecting specific practices. Focusing on subtle processes, such as breathing and effortlessness in the poses, can turn Pitta dominant students’ tremendous willpower towards qualities of non-doing, self-reflection and surrender... if they allow it.
THE KAPHA YOGA STUDENT
Kapha dominant Yoga students might resist anything being done quickly and appreciate clear instructions. Their practice is steady and they like holding poses longer to focus on the connection between body and earth. Their practice however, can also get stagnant with attachment to particular poses and sequences when there is some @kaphaproblems going on.
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