Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Seasonal Vinyasa - Winter & Kapha

One of the main sutras in Ayurveda is "like increase like". During the winter (kapha season), when it is cold, damp, and dark outside, it is easy to feel heavy, lethargic, or depressed, like increase like. To help decrease kapha accumulation in your body, it is wise to keep your body moving, avoid naps, or over eating to minimize weight gain, depression, and the common cold.

This week I've been teaching the following sequence to help move away from the kapha conditions and toward vata (air, wind) to promote better circulation.

Part of class:
Supported pranayama with bolster (hold breath after inhale)
Tadaka Mudra
Supta Padangusthasana
Abdominal work
Cat/Cow to Downdog doing lion breath
Uttanasana on your tippie toes
Wide leg squats
Sun Salutes A and B (with twisting chair)
Warrior 2, Side Angle with arms bind
Prasarita Padottanasana
Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana
Hanumanasana (low lunge prep)
Forward Bends....

If you don't know what these poses are...consider investing in my book called, Art of Sequencing as a reference! Stay tuned for more Winter suggestions next week.

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