Vata is characterized by mobility, cold, lightness, and expansiveness. If you are of Vata constitution or are experiencing a Vata imbalance, add opposing qualities, both in types of asanas and how vigorously you practice. These adjustments will bring support and grounding back into your lifestyle.
- Practice at a reduced intensity. Slow and steady wins the race.
- Wear long sleeves and pants, or be sure that you are warm throughout the practice.
- Begin your practice with sun salutations to increase body heat right out of the gate.
- Poses such as Virabhadrasana I (Warrior), Child’s Pose, supported Malasana (low squat), and Happy Baby Pose support Vata.
- Do not overexert yourself in the intensity of poses or duration of your workout.
- Hug muscles in and up to your core; keep your entire body engaged throughout your practice to create stability.
- Keep grounded with the earth; whether your feet or hands are bracing you, keep them deeply rooted and connected.
- Sama Vritti Pranayama, or equal-breath breathing, calms the autonomic nervous system and naturally reduces stress in the body.
- End your practice with a long and restorative relaxation pose while staying warm and preserving your body heat.