ONE’S NECTAR COULD BE ANOTHER’S POISON…. This saying is not applicable only to what we eat but every act that we perform including the type of yoga (to be accurate yogasanas) that we perform. In this blog, I shall be specifically focusing on yogasanas because like every other fad (whether of green tea, cholesterol, turmeric, broccoli etc), yogasanas are also becoming a fad of the decade where we are just following our instructor or the videos on social media, without understanding our body type. In fact quite a number of yoga instructors are also using “one size fits all” approach on their students which is why this amazing science doesn’t give the desired benefits to the practitioners and in many cases, causes even more harm (of course, there are many yoga instructors who do follow the right strategy of “different strokes, different folks” while teaching yogasanas to their students). To give you an example, a person already high on pitta or say hot natured (for understanding deeper meaning of pitta and other forces of ayurveda do pick up a copy of THE ROOT CAUSE BOOK and watch THE ROOT CAUSE SERIES YOUTUBE CHANNEL), shouldn’t be doing Surya namaskar and should rather do Chandra namaskar, however I have personally seen several examples where practitioners have further inflamed their body heat leading to more inflammatory diseases due to excess of Surya namaskar as instructed by their instructor. It is therefore important that we understand the science behind Yogasanas but before that lets visualize a living body.
So, the best way to visualize a living body is by comparing it with a balloon where blood can be equated with air in the balloon. Just the way air defines the shape of a balloon, same way blood defines the shape of a living body. More the air in the balloon, smoother is its surface and size and vice versa. Similarly in a living body, more the blood, smoother the skin and stouter is the body which is what we see in case of kapha people (heavy built or endomorphs) and vice versa for vata (lean people or ectomorphs). But it doesn’t mean that a vata person can become a kapha person. What will happen if you put excess air (or say blood by increasing too much of sour, sweet and salty food) in a balloon to inflate it more than it can take? It will explode due to excess pressure which is similar to high blood pressure in a living body. Even the aging process can be defined using this analogy. What happens to a balloon in the long run? Its surface starts developing wrinkles due to leakage of air slowly and gradually. Exactly the same thing happens in living body as well with aging process where the skin develops wrinkles.
Now, this balloon analogy can easily explain the logic behind yogasanas. Just like the way, a balloon’s shape can be changed by twisting or compressing it at different places, our body too changes shape (though in a very subtle manner) due to wrong body postures/wrong eating habits (for understanding how food works inside our body and the basic fundamentals of Ayurveda, do pick pick up a copy or THE ROOT CAUSE BOOK and watch THE ROOT CAUSE SERIES YOUTUBE CHANNEL). And just the way a balloon’s shape can be rechanged by twisting or holding it from different places, our body’s shape too can be reordered by doing right yogasanas. This also means that not all yogasanas are meant for everyone. The same pose may restore health in one person but worsen the situation of another because its different folks, different strokes. Another reason that yogasanas are not able to help all is because people don’t know that while pushing blood to vata ridden area (or less blood area), the quality of blood being pushed should have more of astringency and sweetness to remove deep seated vata. This is the reason that best time to do yoga is after a long rest and sleep (meaning early mornings) when the blood is clean and is astringent and sweet. This also means that yogasana shouldn’t be performed when body has toxins manifesting itself as fever or infection, burning etc, as exercise or yogasana would push toxins deeper into the body tissues. And toxins can also get generated if one has taken heavy dinner which will not get digested due to low pitta in the night. So a person performing yogasana also needs to maintain complete discipline on food front.