• Posted on April 29th, 2011 YogaGlo 2 comments

    Weave Ayurveda into Your Yoga Practice

    Have you ever wondered what having “too much pitta” means or why you might want to “balance your vata dosha” as part of your practice? We have too, which is why we’re all lucky to have Felicia Tomasko, who serves on the board of directors of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine and the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, teaching us what’s what and how to weave Ayurvedic principles into our yoga practice.

    If you haven’t yet explored the Ayurveda classes on our site, here’s a taste of the foundational classes and lectures we’ve created and some of the yoga classes you’ll love, love, love once you get started:

    • 30 Minute Talk on Calming Vata Dosha through Restorative Practice – The vata dosha is comprised of the energetic qualities of the elements of air and ether, or empty space. It controls the movement in our bodies and the excessive movement we are exposed to on a daily basis increases and can even aggravate this dosha, leaving us more vulnerable to feeling worn-out and depleted.
    • 90 minute Restorative Class to Calm Vata Dosha – Slow, languid, luxurious restorative practices using fluid circular movements, supportive held poses, forward folds and time on the earth help to calm the nervous system, the heart and the mind and help us recover from the ravaging effects of unremitting excessive stress. When our nerves are raw and frayed, a compassionate restorative practice helps us to press the reset button to feel rejuvenated.
    • 30 Minute Talk on Balancing the Pitta Dosha – The primary element of the pitta dosha is fire. It controls all of the forces of transformation in our internal body, Maintaining a healthy relationship with our inner fire is key to promoting our health and well-being. How do we keep the flame of our inner digestive fire burning without it spreading throughout our entire body like a forest fire? This is the subject of our discussion.
    • 90 Minute Class to Juggle the Flames of Pitta Dosha – We begin with cooling pranayama practices to reduce excess heat in the body and then compassionately explore a slow vinyasa practice that aims to create balance in the central core of the body, the seat of pitta with postures in a variety of positions that strengthen and open without overheating. For the fiery pitta who needs challenge, we flow through twisting balancing postures connecting feet to the earth. While this practice may at times be warming, its slow pace and use of cooling breath practices walks the Middle Path.
    • 30 Minute Talk on Cultivating a Healthy Kapha Dosha – The Earth is ultimately the source of all of our nurturing, support and unconditional love and the kapha dosha, the energy of water and earth embodies this fully. In our need to feel grounded and supported, sometimes we look for love in all the wrong places, or other times the weight of the world around us is heavy and stagnant throughout our bodies. How do we create more stimulation and circulation and move energy with compassion and love? That’s the question explored here.
    • 90 Minute Class to Compassionately Balance Kapha Dosha – Heart opening poses, backbends and twits all increase circulation through the upper chest, the seat of the kapha dosha in the body. These types of poses lift our mood, stimulate mind and body and allow our inner luminosity to shine forth, clearing off the dust and debris. While this is a warming practice, it is suitable for all levels, including beginners and the emphasis is on stimulating while maintaining a strong stable connection to the earth and cultivating safety with each expansive pose.

    Once you’ve had a chance to familiarize (or re-familiarize!) yourself with the foundational Ayurvedic principles and how they can become part of your regular yoga practice, you can take other Ayurveda classes on our site and be on the lookout for new classes added regularly.