The vata dosha is predominant through the fall and winter seasons leaving many of us to feel a lack of grounding and clarity. As the temperature drops and the wind starts up we struggle to complete even simple tasks, made even more overwhelming with the growing to do lists as the holidays approach. This class has been designed to calm this energy and help align focus on what is important.
Note: The vata dosha is one of three ruling doshas found in Ayurveda, the science of life. The doshas are found among nature, food, time and all living things.
The following theme can be used either for your own personal practice, or for your group classes or one on ones that you are teaching. Everything below is just a guide based on my thoughts and experiences in the moment. Feel free to change anything to better suit your teaching/practice style or so that it feels more authentic to you and your own teaching voice. Namasté
Theme: Calming Vata
Physical Focus: Use grounding postures such as a supine warm-up, bridge pose, Warriors. Focusing on longer holds through the practice using cues that surround the earth element and the physical sensations in the body.
Pranayama: focus on exhale, or cleansing breaths
Chakra: 1st chakra – root
Affirmation: I am connected
Mantra: Moola Mantra (check out Deva Premal’s album titled Moola Mantra)
Sample Class Flow:
Use a longer supine warm-up, include knees to chest and bridge flow
Forward fold, hands to opposite elbows
Downward Dog – Warrior 1 – Warrior 2 – Reverse Warrior (R+L) Rest or Flow
Downward Dog – Warrior 1 with Eagle Arms – Warrior 2 with Cow Faced Arms (or tricep stretch) – Twisted Lunge (R+L) Rest or Flow
Forward Fold, hands to opposite elbows
Child’s Pose – Camel Pose – Child’s Pose
Revolved Head to Knee Pose (R+L)
Knee’s to Chest – Cradle the Baby/Figure 4 – Happy Baby – Supine Twist (R+L)
Option to take Savasana in Resting Crocodile, lying on your belly for the ultimate grounding.