Winter Warmer Yoga, with the science of Ayurveda, is a way of bringing light into your daily activities.
Contact Kelly Marie 086 1778369 for your own personal guidance to balance through Yoga practices, breathing techniques, meditation for your unique mind, and more from Ayurveda.
Yoga and Ayurveda combined, can relieve the symptoms of the dark dampness of our Irish Winter season to help make our Winter warmer from the inside out.
For weather conditions as contrary as we have in Ireland, there are many benefits to understanding how both Yoga and Ayurveda can direct you into balance.
Yoga creates an internal awareness that the natural medicine of Ayurveda works with. Once you know how you are, you have a chance to bring about balance.
For what we call a ‘wet, miserable day’ we can start or end the day with a Yoga practice that warms body and de-stresses the mind.
A slow simple practice of cat postures to stretch the back and enhance breathing is a good start. Add to that a deep focus of the mind on the movement of the body and you will soon be feeling more content.
Of course, any movement will do, but movement that helps you warm up gently in winter, and move the breath from the centre of the body to the extremities, is a great way to start on a cold morning or a wintry evening.
We all know that it is our mind is the greatest deterrent to beginning Yoga at home. I know this very well, from years of experience from the inertia of ‘I dont wanna do Yoga…’ (Yes! Yoga teachers get these moments as much as everyone else!) Our mind tell us we have better, more urgent things to be doing. So how can we turn the corner on our inertia?
Remember that once you step into a little space specially for you, just breathe in, and breathe out, and you are there!
It takes only a small effort to combat winter and our usual daily stresses.
Yoga is respite, but Yoga and Ayurveda connect us to our brighter Self. It is not just the postures that have benefit, the breathing and redirection of our minds placement, moment to moment, is what leaves us feeling winter warmer.
Below are some small pointers for the Ayurvedic view on Yoga for a contstitutional imbalance:
For body type Winter warmer Yoga;
For those with a Vata imbalance (over-stressed, anxiety, insomnia, variable digestive problems): We need to learn to be nice to ourselves in a regular fashion, even in a Yoga practice. Gentle but dynamic postures, holding the poses for four breaths each time will build our strength and heat and regulate our constant desire to move and change. A regular slow nourishing breath works best, without force or wavering, so that we can slow down our constant high activity, and build strength in our mind and body.
For those with a Pitta imbalance (over-heating, frustrated, angry, inflammation, the over-do-er, fast digestion or even very fast digestion): We need to start a process to see, that the vibrant, pushing Yoga practice they love, is the one they are best to do without. Pitta imbalance requires a new view, we need calm, slow gentle postures, with moderation in all aspects of a physical practice. The difficulty with Pitta imbalance, is that it is hard for their drive to decrease, and so any class that inclines them to DO MORE…is a class that will definitely increase their imbalance.
For those with a Kapha imbalance, (low energy, heavy minded, heavy fatigue, heavy set dense body, very slow digestion, deep seated attachment and disliking any change): We need to find ways to feel motivated, to feel elated, delighted, excited, bubbling and light! We want to work a bit harder in our Yoga practices, and we are the type that are allowed to sweat more than the others. We can do more, because we have the most stamina and when we use it, it lifts our spirit and our mind. We also get to sleep less, and still wake early (even though we really do not like waking up until much later than most!)
For more information on particular practices for you to balance or re-balance…contact Kelly Marie 086 1778369
Yoga and Ayurveda have so much to offer, that we can heal through all the avenues of food, Yoga postures, meditations for our mind to balance, breathing techniques that will work better for your imbalance to quieten, different oils for your own self massage, flower remedies, and the easiest of all, daily fresh air.