The Best Fitness Routine For Your Dosha
As yogis, we know the benefits that frequent practice have on our overall health and well being. Ideally, our lifestyle should also include weight-bearing exercises and healthily stress the cardiovascular system. Whether your love is hot yoga, a weekly dose of Bikram or boot camp style flow, there is a fitness routine out there that will compliment your Dosha type and help bring about more balance to your body.
There are three Dosha types: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Every individual is made up of parts of each Dosha. Therefore, what works for one type may not work for another. If you’re not sure what your main Dosha is, take this quiz to find out!
Vata peeps are made up of air and space. They tend to be more slight in build and have a hard time gaining weight or putting on muscle. They may feel weak or depleted when imbalanced. Vatas may be compelled to engage in a high-intensity activity but truly need calming, grounding exercises to refocus. Yin and Restorative yoga practices are most beneficial.
Exercise for Vatas should be slow and controlled. Cardio exercise is best if done at a moderate pace. Walking, hiking and biking outside on flat terrain are excellent choices. Sessions that last 30 to 45 minutes, done 3 to 4 times a week will be most efficient. Weight training should be started with lighter weights and lower reps to begin, with plenty of rest in between sets. A personal trainer may be a good investment to ensure form stays on point and overexertion doesn’t occur.
Pitta, the sharp and heated fire and water Dosha, needs moderation to bring balance to their lives. Pittas should stay indoors during the hottest part of the day. 45 to 60-minute sessions done 5 to 6 times per week, with a mixed variety of exercises are best for these types of people. Cardiovascular exercises such as swimming, biking or jogging outside during the early morning/evening hours will prevent boredom and overheating. Proper hydration is key for success! Using moderate-sized weights are most appropriate to develop proper muscle and tone. Practicing Vinyasa Yoga with plenty of twists and folds and daily meditation to reset the mind are an important addition to stay grounded and balanced.
A mix of water and Earth, these folks are solid and strong! The best exercises for them are intense and movement-oriented. Exercise classes are a great pick for them. Kapha tends towards complacency so they need lots of encouragement and benefit the most from daily sweat sessions. 60 to 90 minutes of any cardiovascular based exercise routine 5 to 6 times a week will help them, especially with lots of music and movement and not a lot of time to think!
Weight-bearing exercise will benefit them the most when it comes to toning (burpees, pushups, weighted lunges, etc). Hot yoga, boot camp style vinyasa and advanced arm balance practices are the best for these people. Regardless of your Dosha type, a regular exercise and yoga practice will help keep balance between the mind, body and spirit!
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