Buddy Up to Yoga


Read Scott Blossom's reply:

A morning asana practice may be your best bet for getting back in the groove. Even more than pitta and vata types, you kaphas benefit greatly from the physical activity and mental stimulation of practicing first thing, before you start your day.

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Since kaphas tend to be friendly and maintain close friendships, perhaps you can draw on this trait and enlist a buddy who's an early riser to practice with you—or at least call you in the morning to get you going. Try to include at least 15 to 20 minutes of Sun Salutations so you work up some inner heat and sweat. If you just can't manage a morning practice, ask your friend to join you or call you at the end of your workday.

Keep at it until the habit becomes second nature. Along with eating in a kapha-friendly way—a vegetarian diet low in fats, dairy products, sugars, and carbohydrates—exercising is the most important thing you can do for your health.

A certified Integrative Yoga therapist, <a href="/health/ayurveda">Ayurvedic consultant, and licensed acupuncturist, Scott Blossom lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, Chandra, and their daughter, Tara. He can be contacted at www.shunyatayoga.com.