According to Ayurveda, the morning is the phase of kapha dominance. Hence, sleeping at this time can lead to kapha-related disorders like obesity, breathing problems, congestion, etc.
On the other hand, being active early in the morning can balance the kapha dosha. It can also prevent all kapha-related disorders.
Yoga is one of the time-tested methods to balance your metabolism. And the morning is the best time to practice. Let us look at the yoga poses most relevant to different body types.
Ayurveda describes three predominant body types -
- Vata dominant
- Pitta dominant
- Kapha dominant
The most prominent abode of vata dosha is the large intestines. And all of the following yoga poses help to balance the large intestinal activity.
Pawanmuktasana (wind relieving pose)
Bloating is a major problem with vata dominant people. Pawanmuktasana helps to eliminate intestinal gas. It also helps to prevent constipation, regulates appetite, and improves digestion.
Naukasana (boat pose)
Naukasana is very effective in strengthening the large intestine. Apart from multiple other benefits, it may prevent appendicitis.
Marjariasana (cat pose)
Marjariasana helps to stimulate intestinal movement and also prevents constipation, flatulence, and indigestion in vata people.
The primary site of pitta dosha in the body is the small intestine. The following yoga poses help to regulate the entire digestive tract, including the small intestines, liver, pancreas, etc.
Adho mukha svanasana (downward-facing dog pose)
This asana has an incredible balancing effect on intestinal secretions and helps to prevent acidity, intestinal inflammation, peptic ulcers, etc.
Supta matsyendrasana (supine spinal twist)
This asana helps to gently massage the digestive tract and regulate the digestive juices. It also has a great liver-rejuvenating effect.
Bhujangasana (cobra pose)
This pose has multiple benefits. For the pitta body, it helps to regulate the digestive heat, prevents acidity, and helps to control anger.
Virasana (warrior pose)
As the name suggests, the warrior pose stimulates the overall metabolism of the kapha-dominant body. It also boosts respiration and circulation in the coldish kapha body.
Trikonasana (triangle pose)
This pose helps to stimulate the digestive tract and related organs like the liver and pancreas. It also helps to enhance the sluggish appetite and digestive capacity of the kapha-dominant body.
Dhanurasana (bow pose)
This pose enhances both the digestive and respiratory capacity of the kapha body. It has a crucial strengthening impact on the kapha-dominant chest region.
These are the top three yoga poses for each body type. I hope that this information brings you good health and peace of mind!
Do you know your dosha?
In Ayurveda, each of us has a unique mind-body type, known as a dosha. Think of a dosha as your individual blueprint that describes your unique personality, tendencies, and physical nature. Understanding your dosha reveals how to keep yourself in balance to stay happy, healthy and disease free.