This past weekend I attended three workshops with Marc Holzman. The workshops were on the sister science to Yoga, Ayuveda. I have read Dr. Lad's book, "Ayuveda; The Science of Self Healing" and had two weekends in teacher training to study Ayuveda. This workshop was a great refresher course and has helped me start to bring these practices to my yoga and daily life!
Ayuveda is all about living in accordance with nature. In a world where we are so far removed from Nature this practice is even more important than ever. Our bodies are made up of the five elements: fire, water, earth, air, and space. Some of us may have a little more of each element that make us up. In ayuveda if you have a stronger element that is present in you that is call a DOSHA.
There are three doshas in Ayuveda.
Vata: Air & Space
Pitta: Fire & Water
Kapha: Earth & Water
There is no "bad" dosha to have. Your dosha never changes. It is in existence since the moment you are born. You can be a blend of two or three doshas such as Vata-Pitta, Vata-Kapha, Pitta-Kapha, Pitta-Vata, Kapha-Vata, Kapha-Pitta, or Vata, Pitta, Kapha.
What I found fascinating in the workshop with Marc was he talked about an Ayuvedic clock. What you should be doing based off what time of day it is. This also influences the type of yoga practice you should be doing!
Sunrise-10AM Kapha time.
10AM-2PM Pitta time
2PM-Sunset Vata time
Sunset-10PM Kapha time
10PM-2AM Pitta time
2AM-6AM Vata time
In the following posts I will delve individually into these time frames and provide a short yoga sequence for each one!
In the meantime try taking a dosha quiz to see what elements are most prevelent for you. Here is a good one:
Try taking the quiz more than once since we sometimes feel one way one day and another a different day.
Namaste my friends.