Riding the waves…

A while back, during an Ayurvedic yoga teacher’s training, I heard something that has stuck with me for years… well, most of what I learn sticks with me, which is one of the blessings of having a constitution made primarily of earth and water, like mud, things stick…
We were learning about how to treat each dosha type while teaching yoga. The lesson was about how to address each dosha type in a way most effective for them. Basically we approach pitta (fire and air) with some sweetness, some grounding but also with direct information because the need specifics. For the vata types (ether and air) the basic information also included helping them feel grounded, directed, bringing focus. It was when we got to kapha (earth and water) that my heart sunk, and something profound in me shifted. “CRUSH THE KAPHA”, they said. “You have to be rough with them, crush the kapha, crush the kapha, crush the kapha”… I get it, kapha doesn’t have air in it so it’s not mobile on its own, and left to our own devices a kapha type can easily sit still even during an exercise class and be perfectly content. But this notion of crushing it as if there’s no good in it, nothing to savor, no place for the sweetness, no room for embracing kapha qualities really got me thinking once I got out of my feelings. What if I could figure out a way to meet the kapha where it is, bring the fire of pitta and the fluid movement of vata without necessarily crushing or banishing the kapha all together? It was at that moment that this “Embrace your kapha” movement was born.

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