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Yoga - What's Your Dosha?

Start with the basics.

In yoga class, you will hear many terms. Online classes are similar. This post will help you become familiar with some of the terms you will hear during a guided yoga practice.

Ayurveda categorizes your physical, emotional and mental characteristics into three doshas (mind/body type.)

Everything in nature is made up of five basic elements: earth, water, fire, air, and space. Knowledge of the five elements allows the yogi to understand the laws of nature and to use yoga to attain greater health, power, knowledge, wisdom and happiness.

Vata - Air and Ether

Pitta - Fire and Water

Kapha - Earth and Water

Take an online quiz (there are many-this is just one example) to discover your dosha:

Yoga is your practice and very personal. There is no competition in yoga. If you are pregnant, injured, have a chronic condition or have any illness, your medical professional can advise the best way for you to proceed.

What is that yoga instructor talking about? You will hear various terms. You will want a yoga mat for solid footing and maybe yoga blocks to adapt a pose.

Don't eat for at least two hours before practicing asana (yoga poses.)

Start with a 15-30 minute routine if you are a beginner.

Asana (Yoga Postures)

Pranayama (Breathing Exercises)

Dhyana (Meditation)

Easy Pose - Sukhasana (sit on floor, cross legs, overlap ankles)

Warrior's Breath (in the Easy Pose - slow, deep breaths.)


The traditional number of asanas is 84. This list includes some of the poses you will use as a beginner.

Child's Pose - Balsana

Downward-Facing Dog - Adho Mauka Svanasana

Plank - Utthita Chaturanga Dandasana

Knees, chest, Chin - Ashtanga Namaskara

Yogi's Push-Up - Chaturanga Dandasana

Baby Cobra - Bhujangasana

Upward-Facing Dog - Urdhva Mukha Svanasana

Mountain - Tadasana

Standing Forward Bend - Uttanasana

Low Lunge - Anjaneyasan

High Lunge - Utthita Ashwa Sanchalanasana

Crescent Moon - Anjaneyasana

Lizard Lunge - Utthan Pristhasana

Powerful - Utkatasana

Enjoy your yoga practice. More information will follow.


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