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Five Poses For Kapha — Spring Time


Springtime is kapha time of year. It’s cool, wet and heavy. You might be feeling more sluggish and congested during this time of year and perhaps a little less motivated emerging from the cold, heaviness of winter.

Yoga for this time of year should focus on stimulating and energizing, building heat and boosting circulation. Here’s five poses that’ll help you do just that!



1. Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar)

Sun Salutation SequenceOne of my personal faves, this series of poses relax the nervous system while energizing and toning the entire body. Kick them up a notch by synchronizing the breath with the movement and focusing on creating internal heat and a sensation of lightness in the mind and body. Try ten rounds as a short morning practice or include three to five rounds at the start of any longer yoga practice.



2. Chair Pose (Utkatasana)

Chair poseOtherwise known as “Fierce Pose”, it turns up the heat in the large muscle groups and will strengthen your body and your resolve (I like to call it the “Seat of Power”), especially if you throw a little “Victorious“ ujaiyi breath into the mix! See if you can hang with it for ten or more breaths and be sure to direct your energy upward (look up) and focus on creating a sensation of buoyancy from the knees up.






3. Bow Pose (Urdhva Dhanurasana)

Integral Yoga Bow PoseHello backbends! Backbends are synonymous with energizing and stimulation, this pose works on the internal organs (digestive, endocrine and respiratory) and ups the kapha-reducing factor by massaging the belly and chest (two popular kapha hang outs). Try a couple or three rounds and keep the breath moving!






4. Crow Pose (Bakasana)

Crow Pose YogaWhat better pose for feeling “floaty” than one that practically dares you to fly away! The real secret to this pose is that it not only looks pretty, it also builds core strength (a lot of it) and heat (a lot of that too!).





5. Warrior III (Virabhadrasana C)

How-To-Do-Warrior-III-PoseHas energy written all over it. If you’ve ever practiced this pose you know that it can feel like a standing dance party. Lots of muscles come into play to make this pose work, and the secret to sticking it?… Let go of what holds you back and don’t forget to breathe!




Source: DoYouYoga


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