Class Themes

Class Theme: Calming Vata

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

Balancing Chair

Forward Fold, hands to opposite elbows

Child’s Pose – Camel Pose – Child’s Pose

Butterfly

Revolved Head to Knee Pose (R+L)

Butterfly

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.

Namasté

 

 

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