Renew & Restore Detox Kit
- Clear away brain fog
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- Rev up your energy
Have you sent this text to your best friend recently? “I just don’t feel like doing anything. I don’t want to deal with it. I’m so exhausted!” Or have you been feeling unhinged and ungrounded—like you’re juggling dozens of balls in the air? “I am so busy. I just can’t get everything done. I feel like I’m running on empty!” Whether there has been a recent change in the weather pattern, a busy end-of-summer travel schedule, or you’re too aware of the intense chaos of society, you may be feeling extremely sluggish, heavy, or sticky. These are indications of a Kapha imbalance.
Kapha, one of the three Ayurvedic doshas, is governed by the elements of earth and water: heavy like clay, sticky like glue. Kapha qualities such as stability in muscles, bones, and mind, hearty immunity, and calmness help keep you healthy and grounded. An excess of Kapha can lead to feeling unbalanced in the body and mind, weight gain, sadness, lethargy, and general malaise.
Practicing energizing yoga poses and breath-linked sequences, or kriyas, can help defend against Kapha imbalance. Kriyas are repetitive and invigorating movements. Kriyas help to stimulate and move the Prana, or life force, through your energy channels. They historically are practiced with the intention to unblock your chakras to allow Kundalini, or your soul nerve, to rise. In his workshops, yoga teacher Saul David Raye reminds students that kriya, karma, and creativity have the same roots—karma being the idea that each of your actions has an effect and creativity being that magical inspiration that guides you to make, do, and act. Whether you’re searching for a spiritual awakening or just trying to feel awake for your workday, the following movements will give you a lift.
Try these kriyas, in a sequence or independently, to get off the couch, out of bed, and back at it.
Practice this in the morning and evening and notice how your body and breath feel at different times of the day.
Set a timer for the allotted time because you may wish to stop before the time is up. This is the influence of the excess Kapha energy, but you’re stronger than you think you are—don’t give in!
Let your arms go on this one and visualize yourself free from the restraints and burdens of daily life.
Let the momentum of this sequence carry you and you may find yourself laughing with joy and delight!
Spending some time with these poses will help you balance your kapha energy and realign yourself. Be ready to text your best friend that you’re energized and ready to go!
*Editor’s Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only; does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Chopra Center's Mind-Body Medical Group; and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health program.
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