How Exercises Help in Balancing your Dosha?
It’s no secret that exercise has several advantages. But did you know that the good Agni stimulant is exercise? Yes, exercise promotes digestion, which is the foundation of good health! In addition, exercise improves immune function and promotes resistance to illness.
Moreover, it also cleans the channels, stimulates blood circulation, and aids in toxins removal. Regular exercise can lift your health, mentally and physically, while reducing anxiety, worry, and tension symptoms.
When you exercise outside, your prana, or life power, increases. Spending time in nature, walking, hiking, cycling, and doing yoga are just a few of the activities that may help you get the advantages of sunshine and fresh air. However, in the summer, you should avoid exercising in the middle of the day, and in the winter, make sure to dress warmly. As you are aware, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to Ayurveda. Continue reading for some dosha-specific advice.
In Ayurveda, there are three types of doshas- Vata, Kapha, and Pitta. It is important to understand which exercises are effective for the individual dosha balance.
Best Vata Exercises
Vatas benefit from gentle, low-impact exercise such as yoga, particularly hot, yin, and restorative yoga. Exercise relieves their anxiety, but it is easy for them to become hooked to excessive exercise, which exhausts them and briefly keeps them from overthinking. Many Vatas prefer running, but it can cause tension on their joints, which can be harmful. Swimming, walking, and cycling are all low-impact activities. Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and pranayama are breath-focused therapies that assist Vatas in regulating their prana.
The best movements to balance Vata are:
- Mild, regular exercise is essential!
- Vata will benefit from activities that are watery, flowing, and on the ground, such as swimming, gentle/moderate hiking, dancing, stand-up paddleboarding, or barre.
- Restorative yoga will also help to support Vata’s delicacy. In moderation, a slow, grounded vinyasa or hatha yoga practice will be relaxing for Vata.
- Gardening will also be relaxing and grounding to Vata because it incorporates the earth element. Bouldering will have the same impact.
- While fast-paced sports may appeal to Vatas, they are not the most balanced for their constitution.
- Avoid working out in the wind.
- Best Pitta Exercises
When it comes to exercise, Pittas enjoy challenges. They enjoy team sports, a healthy amount of competition and are careful not to overexert themselves. Swimming and Yoga styles based on alignments, such as Hatha and Iyengar, are also popular and effective.
Hiking, interval training, cycling, and other goal-oriented activities appeal to Pitta’s drive. Physical activity is an important channel for Pitta’s drive, clear focus, and achievement – as well as a way to release extreme pressure while also accepting challenges.
Moderate, dense, and cooling will be beneficial for Pitta such as moderate swimming, yoga, weight lifting, Pilates, winter sports, as well as Yin yoga.
Or those that require intense concentration and strategy, such as rock climbing and mountain biking.
Limit overly competitive sports, as Pitta tends to overdo it. While competitive sports may appeal to pittas, they are not the most balanced for their constitution. When participating in team sports, know your limits and practice engaging in healthy competition – the ability to cultivate a healthy relationship with competition is a sign of a more balanced Pitta.
Avoid exercising in direct sunlight.
Best Kapha Exercises
Kapha, more than any other dosha, benefits from vigorous, intense exercise on a daily basis. To overcome the sleep heaviness, it is best, to begin with, a morning workout. Kaphas are unstoppable once they get started and can maintain this momentum throughout the day. Cardio, vigorous yoga, and group workouts are all excellent choices for Kapha people. Find a fun way to work out every day.
Exercise is essential for Kapha because it boosts energy, keeps excess weight off the body, and prevents depression.
Kapha will benefit from light, sharp, hot, rough, and mobile movement, such as:
- Arduous hiking
- Cycling Aerobics, cardio dance (such as Zumba), or kickboxing are all examples of cardio exercises.
- A strong vinyasa yoga practice, or even hot yoga, is generally balanced for your Kapha.
Jogging — but keep in mind that while running is especially good for your Kapha, it can be a little aggravating for anyone’s Vata, especially if the path is concrete. So instead, consider running on a soft path or walking a couple of mornings a week.
While sedentary physical activities are appealing to Kaphas, they are not needed to balance for their constitution.
Kaphas should avoid eating for at least 1-2 hours before exercising. Because those with Kapha predominance have a tendency toward Mandagni or slow digestion, we should exercise with a full stomach with caution. However, eating right before working out is not good for anyone’s digestion.
For every dosha balance, it is suggested to do exercise daily for half an hour to one hour. But here’s the exciting part: according to Ayurvedic philosophy, you should only exercise about half your maximum capacity. This is because energetic exercise can drain subtle life essences, and excessive energy is frequently mentioned in ancient Ayurvedic texts as a cause of disease.
As you begin your new physical activity routine, keep in mind that exercise is an opportunity to connect with and care for your body. This is not about exercising control over your body or attempting to “lose weight.” Instead, by renewing your commitment to a form of movement that you enjoy or committing to trying something new, you can practice working with (rather than against) your body.
Wrapping the post
I, Ayurvedic Guru Manish, believe that working out in nature is one of the best ways to exercise rather than in an artificial environment. This has a profoundly positive effect on our overall well-being and assists us in remaining in tune with nature. Remember that you are nature, so this will help you reconnect with yourself.
Keep your earbuds out while exercising in the great outdoors. Please do not check out while working out; check-in instead. Listen to the sounds of the birds, the wind, and the leaves. Allow yourself to take deep breaths and absorb your surroundings. Feel the flow of prana, your vital life energy, through your body and mind.