Yoga Asanas According To Prakriti/Constitution!

The following are generally good postures for the different doshic types, but again remember that the particularities of an individual’s body structure and organic condition are more important than the doshic type in asana practice.


Key Words for Practice: Calm, slow, steady, grounding, strengthening and consistent


Sitting poses like Lotus Pose (Siddhasana), Diamond Pose (Vajrasana), Lion Pose, Virasana.

Sun Salutation done slowly and consciously.

Standing poses like the Vrksasana (Tree Pose), Trikonasana (Triangle), Virabhadrasana (Warrior Poses), Parighasana (Gate Pose) and all standing forward bends.

Inverted poses like Headstand, Viparitakarani (a relaxing inversion).

Cobras and Locusts (simple back bending), done consciously  and carefully.

Forward bends of all types, especially Janu Sirsasana (head-knee knee forward bend) and Paschimottanansana (full forward bend).

Fetal position, Kurmasana (Tortoise), Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana (turning head-knee), Navasana (Boat Pose), Yoga Mudra (Yogic Seal).

Spinal twists, especially lying twists, Bharadvajasana II (Sage Twist), Pasasana (Noose twist).

Corpse pose: vatas need to do a long and comfortable relaxation of at least 20 minutes.



Key Words for Practice: Cooling, relaxing, surrendering, forgiving, gentle, diffusive


Sitting postures in general, except Lion Pose.

Moon salutation (Chandra Namaskar).

Standing poses, especially hips open poses like the Tree Pose, Trikonasana (Triangle Pose), and Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon).

Legs open standing forward bends like Prasarita Padottanasana I (extended spread legs).

Shoulder stand, Viparitikarani, Boat Pose, Fish Pose, Cobra Pose, Bow Pose, Fetal Pose.

All sitting forward bends, especially Upavistha Konasana, and Kurmasana (Tortoise), Paschimottanasana.

Twists like Ardha Matsyendrasana II and Maricyasana.

Yoga Mudra (Yogic Seal), Corpse Pose.



Key Words for Practice: Stimulating, moving, warming, lightening, energizing, releasing


Lion pose or sitting poses with pranayama.

Sun salutation, strong vinyasas or jumpings.

Virabhadrasana, Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana (extended hand toe), Urdhva Prasarita Ekapadasana (extended foot above), Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon),

Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana), Upward Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana).

Full inverted balancing poses like handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana), Pinca Mayurasana (Peacock Feather pose).

Headstand and shoulder stand with variations.

Plow pose, all backbends like Upward Bow Pose, Camel Pose (Ustrasana), and Locust Pose, Jathara Parivartanasana (Alligator Twist) or Maricyasana followed by a short Savasana.

Pranayama is an integral part of ayurvedic treatment methods ods and lifestyle regimens. It is most effective in treating diseases eases of the respiratory, circulatory and nervous systems, whose function depends upon the right flow of prana.


Reference: Dr. David Frawley. Yoga & Ayurveda: Self-Healing and Self-Realization 

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