Is Your Yoga Practice Harming Or Healing You – The Art Of Yoga Therapy
Everyone can practice Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy and reap the joyful benefits it gives.
It doesn’t matter what your age or health level is. All you need is the willingness to explore with an open mind.
Practicing Yoga postures with Ayurvedic yoga principles is generally a safe practice, providing you use proper techniques.
The Ayurvedic yoga postures should begin gradually under the guidance of an experienced and competent teacher; someone who has training as an Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist.
The teacher whether it is you or someone else needs to understand the student’s nature or constitution and look at their constitution from an objective point a view.
The teacher or therapist needs to understand the student’s nature on all levels which includes their physical, functional, emotional and psychological constitution. That’s why in Ayurveda yoga therapy, an Ayurvedic assessment is done on the person or oneself.
In yoga therapy, you should never push or strain for immediate results, as doing so could cause injury. One has to apply the principle of Ahimsa – non–violence restraining from hurting or injuring another or oneself. It is essential to be patient, disciplined and prepared.
It is important to surrender your ego – your competitiveness for a deeper, healthier and holistic practice. For example, you may really want to practice an advanced headstand for 5 minutes but if you have an excess of Pitta (lots of fire), it would be best to practice headstand for only 10 breaths and then move into a strong cooling posture.
Practicing Ayurvedic yoga therapy is systematic, designed to calm, balance and regulate the systems of the body. It is a vast science that can help heal conditions of the mind and body.
Specific caution should be taken for: women during menstruation and pregnancy, people with certain injuries and conditions, children, and the elderly. Also, certain knowledge and experience is required to determine what types of postures are safe for specific populations and conditions.
Below is a general outline for an Ayurvedic Yoga Asana Therapy program.
Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy for Kapha dosha
If you are a kapha type or have excess kapha, should have a dedicated yoga practice that is stimulating, warming, moving, energizing and light.
The right yoga postures will help you increase your metabolism, decrease your mucous in the regions of the chest, lungs and other areas.
The yoga postures will also help you stimulate and sharpen your mind which often results from a sedentary lifestyle rather than an active one.
Overall, yoga postures will increase your internal body heat, which is much needed for kapha.
Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy for Pitta dosha
If you are Pitta dosha or have excess pitta, establish a regular yoga practice that is gentle, cooling, relaxing, forgiving and surrendering in nature.
The right yoga postures help you to maintain good strength, flexibility and circulation without over-heating themselves.
The yoga postures will also help you calm your mind, release aggressiveness, decrease competitiveness and channel any anger or irritation if practiced properly.
Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy for Vata dosha
If you are Vata dosha or have excess Vata, develop a consistent yoga practice that is slow, steady strong and grounding.
The right yoga postures will help you prevent and correct muscle imbalances, bone conditions, structural distortions and degeneration of bone tissue caused by excess vata.
You should practice postures that aim at releasing the tension from the hips, lumbar spine and sacroiliac joints.
The yoga postures will also relieve forms of coldness, dryness, stress, nervousness, fear and anxiety held in the bones, nerves and joints.