Yoga for Kaphas


I am an advocate for True Yoga. Yoga was not designed as a fitness program, but a spiritual one. Sadly, more and more yoga fads are being created that everyone is jumping on the bandwagon to try, without realizing that even in a healthy person, different styles of yoga are NOT a healthy option for you. For instance, individuals who are a vata or pitta constitution would not benefit from heated yogas, in fact, they can be further aggravated and put out of balance by doing so, however Kapha body types can, with doctor approval, benefit from easing into a heated yoga program. For a well balanced personal yoga practice, it is important to take into consideration the individual’s body structure, prakruti (original constitution), and vikruti (present constitutional imbalance). The following are general recommendations according to the predominant dosha. – Please consult your doctor before beginning any programs listed un the Health section of this website.

Often dislike vigorous exercise. For this reason, their practice should be energetic, warming, lightening, and stimulating, providing they are physically capable. Vinyasa or flow style yoga is good for kapha because it is dynamic and moves quickly from one pose to the next, it induces sweating and gets the heart pumping.

Recommended Salutation/Series:
Sun Salutation:
 Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
 Urdhava Hastasana (Raised Arm Pose)
 Uttanasana (Flat Back)
 Lunge (Lunge)
 Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog)
 Plank Pose (Plank Pose)
 Ashtanga Namaskara (Knees, Chest, and Chin): or Chaturanga Dandasana (Push-up plank)
 Bhujangasana (Cobra) or
Urdhva Muhka Svanasana (Upward Facing Dog)
 Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog)
 Uttanasana (Flat Back)
 Urdhava Hastasana (Raised Arm Pose)
 Tadasana (Mountain Pose)

Recommended Postures:
 Uttanasana (Standing Forward bend)
 Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog)
 Sethu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose-Half Back arch)
 Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand)
 Halasana (Plough)
 Bharadvajasana on a Chair (Sage Twist)
 Urdhva Prasarita Padasana (Upward Extend Foot Pose)
 Navasana (Boat)

Recommended Styles:
Bhakti yoga is natural for kapha types because they are often loving and devotional by nature.

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