If your dosha is predominantly Vata, calming and grounding yoga poses are ideal. For example, tree pose (Vrksasana) and mountain pose (Tadasana) root your feet into the ground, reducing anxiety and stress. Warrior I and II are also beneficial, helping to ground you while also building strength.
Fast-paced vinyasas or flow sequences can aggravate Vata, which is prone to anxiety, overexertion, and fatigue. To make a vinyasa more Vata-pacifying, move deliberately and slowly, extending the length of time that you hold each pose. Also pay attention to the transitions between poses, performing them with conscious awareness rather than rushing on to the next pose.
Since Vata is prone to constipation, poses that compress the pelvis are healing, including all forward bends (standing or sitting). Also focus on poses that engage the lower back and thighs – major regions of the Vata dosha.
Finally, Vata types benefit from doing a long, deep Shavasana or corpse pose – at least 15–20 minutes.
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