Kapha dosha is comprised of the elements of earth and water. The qualities of Kapha dosha are heavy, slow, steady, solid, cold, soft, & oily. To counteract the general stagnation that occurs in individuals with imbalanced Kapha dosha a flowing practice that includes heat generating sun salutations is recommended. Asanas that include twist and core strengthening elements are most beneficial to combating the stagnation that often accompanies excess Kapha in the system.
Breath of Fire
Kapalabhati means skull shining breath. It’s a pranayama exercise as well as an internal kriya, or cleansing technique. This breath will help clear mucus in the air passages, relieve congestion, reduce bloating, and improve lung capacity. Kapalabhati is an invigorating breath that can build heat in the body.
How to do it: Start by sitting in a comfortable seat with a tall, straight spine, and exhale completely. Inhale briefly through both nostrils, then sharply exhale (again out of your nose) while pulling your navel in toward your spine. The exhalation is short and quick, but very active, while the inhalation is short and passive. Again, pull your navel in as you exhale and soften it on the inhalation. Do one round of 30 (counting your exhalations) and rest for a minute with some deep breaths in between. Repeat. If this seems strenuous, start with 15 and gradually work your way up.
Sun Salutations - Sun salutation is a common sequence of hatha yoga asanas. The physical base of the practice links together twelve asanas in an order that alternatively stretches the spine backwards and forwards. The routine engages the core, stretches the hamstrings, and loosens the shoulders. Regular practice improves blood circulation throughout the entire body, massages the internal organs, and promotes overall health. The practice is versatile and can be adapted to your individual needs. When practiced at a fast pace, the technique provides an excellent cardiovascular workout and aids weight loss.
Twists build heat in the body while simultaneously pushing out the stagnation that can build up in the chest and lungs from excess kapha. Twist also help stimulate the sluggish digestive system of those with excess Kapha in order to get things moving. Emotionally twists help to release those habits and tendencies that are no longer serving to create joy.
Revolved chair – Parivrtta Utkatasana
Revolved Lunge Pose Parivrtta Anjaneyasana
Half Lord of the Fishes Pose Ardha Matsyendrasana
Core Poses help to build heat in the body & stoke the digestive fire also known as agni. Stimulating the core region can help activate passion, power, strength, and transformation which can sometimes become dormant for those with excess Kapha.
Boat Pose Navasana
Tiger Pose (Vyaghrasana)