One of the things I absolutely LOVE about my own personal journey with yoga and mindfulness is that it just never, ever, ever ends. Every time I think I have good familiarity with any aspect, there is a deeper study to be found, a new bit of information that is not only interesting, but often something I can truly connect with.
In the past couple weeks, it has been doshas for me. One of the instructors I've met along the way, Fiona Ashman, posted a 4 week Yin Yoga class that she wanted to do on Monday evenings starting in January. I already had an advanced bikram class these evenings and the yin started exactly as that ended. This would mean nearly three hours of Yoga on a Monday evening for 4 weeks, but I LOVE YIN and was interested in a new learning.
What is a Dosha?? - According to Ayurveda, doshas are the energy patterns that flow around our bodies, governing our thinking and behaviour. There are three primary doshas – vata, pitta and kapha – and we are all born with all three of them. But it’s the dominance of one or two of these doshas that defines who we are. To enjoy a balanced mind, body and spirit, so the thinking goes, our unique dosha constitution needs to be in a state of equilibrium, when it isn’t, we fall ill.
This instructor sent over a little quiz, which you can find here: https://www.pukkaherbs.com/uk/en/dosha-quiz.html and helps identify the one or more doshas that govern your body.
I was Vata-Pitta.... And for those of you that know me well, will not be surprised :) I am a Pisces and a water sign with a reasonably fiery personality. This collection came as no surprise.
It looks like your dosha is a combination of vata and pitta. With this combination of vata and pitta doshas, you will hopefully have the best of both worlds - vata’s quick wit and love of change, combined with pitta’s stamina, intelligence and leadership abilities. You are fun-loving and enthusiastic, with a quick mind and good communication skills. Physically, you are likely to be athletic with a good metabolism. However, you may also experience some of the less desirable characteristic of each dosha, such as vata’s tendency to anxiety and restlessness and irritability and impatience from pitta. It's important to remember that we have a combination of all three doshas in the body, but often one or two can be prominent.
The class focuses on a different dosha each week, talks about what we can do with yin/restorative yoga to balance our dosha and last night was MY DOSHA!! I found the week more difficult than the previous, and I attribute this to actually needing it more. I needed the release of heat from my body to find a better balance.
Ultimately, I left the class feeling AMAZING as I always do after Yin.
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Kate Netinho, our wellness director is working on adding yin to our schedule as we speak!
Hope to see you soon, at the mat
xx - Brenda