Are you doing Yoga according to your body type?

Body Content:

All of us are aware of the amazing benefits of doing Yoga. This is evident as the world celebrates World Yoga Day 2018 on the 21st June 2018. People are excited about celebrating yoga day in India. The knowledge of yoga has helped millions of people to maintain good health and live a happy life.

But, does yoga give the same results to everyone?

No, it doesn’t. Let’s learn more about it.

As we all know, our body is made of the five basic elements. They are, Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Ether elements. Everyone has a different combination of these elements. So, it is important to know your body type because it creates a very crucial impact on everything you do or consume.

Do you know your body type?

As per Ayurveda, there are three types of Doshas or three types of body constitution (Prakriti): Vata, Pitta, Kapha. All the body’s functions and metabolism are managed according to the body type. From your thoughts to your body frame, from your attitude to your appetite, everything follows a pattern that is your body type. And in the same manner, Yoga also exerts different effects on your body, as per your body type.

Yoga for Vata Body Type:

Vata Body Type is symbolized by a thin body frame, dry skin and quick movements. People with Vata Body Type are very much energetic and creative. Due to their highly active nature, these people face a lot of injury, stiffness and problems in the joints.  People with Vata Body Type should perform yoga calmly, without any haste or excessive force.

Doing Surya Namaskar, Uttanasana, Hast-Paadasana, Paschimotanasana, Ardha Matsyendrasana, Pranayama for vata dosha etc. are considered beneficial for people with Vata Body Type.

Yoga for Pitta Body Type:

Pitta Body Type is symbolized by moderate body frame, acne prone skin, and controlled movements. These people are very much determined and intellectual. Since ‘Fire’ is the main element in them, they tend to feel stressed and irritated most of the time.

People with Pitta Body Type should perform Bhujangasana, Kurmasana, Chandra Namaskar, etc. to calm their mind and body. They should do yoga in cool environments and for limited duration so as not to heat their body excessively.

Yoga for Kapha Body Type:

Kapha Body Type is symbolized by tall and large body frame, soft & cool skin, and slow movements. They are usually lazy and avoid all kinds of physical or mental work. They have a calm and easy going nature. Due to their lazy nature, they usually do not indulge in exercises, leading to weight gain and lifestyle disorders.

People with Kapha Body Type should do yoga with a little bit more enthusiasm and vigor. They should perform Shirshasana, Shalabhasana, Ardha Chandrasana, Dhanurasana, etc. are suitable asanas for people with Kapha Body Type, to boost the metabolism and generate heat.


Yoga is beneficial for one’s health but only if it is practiced rightly, for the right amount of time and as per the body type. And however popular, one shouldn’t do yoga without the supervision of experts.

Mr Jayant Bokadia

Yoga Expert

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