Elemental Yoga: An Airy Asana Sequence to Balance Kapha

Boost energy flow in the body with this dynamic practice, representing the air element to counterbalance Kapha’s earthy and watery nature.
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Boost energy flow in the body with this dynamic practice, representing the air element to counterbalance Kapha’s earthy and watery nature.

Boost energy flow in the body with this dynamic practice, representing the air element to counterbalance Kapha’s earthy and watery nature.

Kapha is a mix of the earth and water elements. These earthy elements make Kapha dosha have the most strength and stamina but in excess can lead to excess weight and lethargy.

Kapha has a close relationship to fluids of the body, and when the fluids become stagnant, they clog the body’s channels—from sweat to prana. The asanas in this sequence represent the air element with a more dynamic flow, and increase the ability to open these pathways and resolve dullness of the skin. Seasonally, spring is the season that increases Kapha. It accumulates and clogs the prana pathways and reduces energy and immunity.

A dynamic, energizing yoga practice is ideal for Kaphas. Try practicing a lot of standing pose sequences, such as Surya Namaskar (or a creative variation of it, as outlined here), mindfully but at a good pace to stimulate increased energy flow in the body.

Warming Pranayama techniques, such as Kapalabhati, are also excellent for increasing metabolism and energy flow and Bhastrika breath, which cleanses the body and energizes the digestive system.

Kimberly Snyder, C.N., is a nutritionist, yoga instructor and the multi-time New York Times bestselling author of the Beauty Detox book series and the new book Radical Beauty, which she co-authored with Deepak Chopra. Radical Beauty redefines beauty to be an empowering and attainable concept to tap into your highest potential of your natural unique beauty and health, inside and out, that includes 6 Pillars for a holistic lifestyle (Internal Nourishment, External Nourishment, Sleep, Primal Beauty/Connecting with Nature, Movement/Yoga and Spiritual Beauty). Snyder has appeared as a nutrition and beauty expert on Good Morning America, Dr. Oz, Ellen, Today and has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and many others. The go-to nutritionist for many Hollywood stars, Snyder founded Glow Bio, an organic cleanse and smoothie company, and is a Kriya and Vinyasa yoga practitioner, 200-hour Yoga Alliance-certified instructor and avid meditator. In 2015, her first yoga DVD, The Beauty Detox Power Yoga DVD, was released. Snyder is an Ayurvedic doctoral student under the esteemed Dr. Parla Jayagopal at AUCM. Snyder promotes balance, one thing she juggles herself with her writing, her businesses, her practice, and her beloved 6-month old son.