Darlene B. Ralicki, BS, RYT
 

Upcoming Yoga Schedule

Find me at Just Plain Yoga on:

Mondays, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. - Vinyasa Flow -  Breathe, move, energize, and release in this dynamic vinyasa flow practice set to a fun, eclectic soundtrack.   


                  

 

 Winter is Vata & Kapha Time

The early part of winter Vata time (cold and dry), but quickly transitioning into Kapha time (cold and damp), especially here in the northeast.  As we begin the new year, our vinyasa practice for early winter will be conducive to pacifying both Vata and Kapha imbalances, with more of a focus on Kapha.   



Autumn imbues the elements  of air and ether with qualities of light, dry, cold, whereas Kapha embodies the elements of earth and water.  Earth qualities are solid, heavy, stable, and grounding, and water qualities are fluid, soft, smooth, and cool.   These qualities are strongest in the winter and can cause imbalances, no matter what your predominant dosha.  In nature, winter is a time for hibernation - a time for replenishment before spring's rebirth.  Humans can feel this same pull toward hibernation or cocooning.   Increased kapha brings about feelings of lethargy and heaviness, as well as a tendency to overeat through trying to find comfort in food.

To pacify Vata/Kapha and keep in balance, make sure to get enough rest and exercise, as well as take time to retreat into a quiet space for meditation or reflection.  In addition, working with the pranayama and asana listed below will help increase circulation, energy, and metabolism.


Pranayama


Key pranayama for the winter:  Kapalabhati (skull shining breath), Bhastrika (bellows breath), Ujjayi (victorious breath). 

Asana

Key asana for the winter  Sun Salutations, vinyasa, or rhythmic yoga postures, standing balance, strong standing asana (Warrior), core strengthening, energizing backbends, as well as inversions and arm balances to increase energy and circulation. 

 

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