AYURVEDA & Your Body Work
Exercise is an important part of the Ayurvedic Routine because it burns Ama (those digestive impurities) and creates more flexibility and lightness in the body. Exercise creates Balance when suitable for the body type and season.
However, you don’t want to wear yourself out. Exercising beyond one’s capacity can create imbalance in both the Mind and Body, and do more harm than good. Ayurveda recommends that we exercise to 50-75% of our capacity. Stop before you hit that wall and you will start to build up more stamina, as well as recover much more quickly.
Vata Types need less exercise, so lighter activities such as walking are best. Pitta Types need moderate amounts, cooling water sports are particularly good, like swimming and skiing. Kapha Types need more intense exercise, such as running, weight lifting, and aerobics, in order to stay in balance – Kaphas need to sweat.
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The seasons should also be taken into consideration: if you want to increase your exercise, winter and spring are the best times. In hot weather, you need to decrease exertion and stay out of the hot sun. As for age, children have more capacity for exercise and older people need less, although some daily exercise is essential at any age.
Yoga asanas are the ideal form of exercise for all body types and ages, because they balance the three Doshas, tone the muscles, and rejuvenate all the organs in the body. Pranayama, or breathing exercises, are also good for restoring balance to mind and body.
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