In the next few posts, we will be reviewing several asanas that are good for the different doshic types, but it is important to remember the particularities of an individual’s unique body and customize the practice accordingly.
In this first post in the series, we will be discussing asanas that are especially good for Vata doshic types.
The themes for Vata types with their yoga practice should center around words like: Calm, slow, steady, grounding, strengthening and consistent.
Recommended Asanas for Vatas:
- Sun Salutation, done slowly and consciously.
- Sitting poses, including: Lotus Pose (Siddhasana), Lion Pose, Virasana Pose, Diamond Pose (Vajrasana).
- Standing poses, including: Vrksasana (Tree Pose), Trikonasana, (Triangle Pose), Virabhadrasana (Warrior Poses), Parighasana (Gate Pose) and all standing forward bends.
- Forward bends of all types, including Janu Sirsasana (head-knee forward bend) and Paschimottanasana (full forward bend).
- Inverted poses, including: Headstand, Viparitakarani (a relaxing inversion).
- Fetal positions: Kurmasana (Tortoise), Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana (turning head-knee), Boat Pose, Yoga Mudra (Yogic Seal).
- Cobra Pose and Locust Pose (simple back bends), done carefully and consciously.
- Spinal twists, especially reclined twists, Bharadvajasana II (Sage Twist), Pasasana Pose (Noose twist).
- Corpse pose: Vatas need to do a long and comfortable relaxation of at least 20 minutes.
Stay tuned for our next post as it relates to asanas for Pitta Doshic Types.