Escape Stress with Ayurveda

Unlocking the Secrets of Yoga & Ayurveda: Balancing Your Subtle Energies 

Have you ever walked into a room and felt an instant sense of peace and calm? Or perhaps you’ve been in a situation that left you feeling jittery and anxious? We all experience these fluctuations in our energy, but have you ever stopped to consider the profound connection between these sensations and your yoga practice?

Energy is Everything 

Yoga, often referred to as the union of mind, body, and spirit, delves deep into the realm of energy. In the world of yoga, we call it ‘prana,’ the life force that connects us all. It’s the invisible thread that binds the universe and everything within it. So, whoever you are, Yogi or not, understanding this subtle energy can open up a world of possibilities in your practice and life. 

Prana and the Present Moment 

One of the key aspects of yoga is being present in the moment. It’s not just a matter of posture; it’s about being in touch with your sensations, emotions, and energy. When you’re fully present, you’re operating from a place of connection to your inner self, and this state of presence often activates the insula in your brain, which is associated with conscious feeling states. 

If you’re feeling off, why is that? What’s at play? Yoga offers the science and some very real answers with solutions. 

The Doshas: Ayurveda Balancing Your Inner Forces 

For example, let’s dive into the fascinating concept of doshas. In Ayurveda, an ancient holistic healing system, doshas represent the elemental forces that govern our physiological and psychological makeup. This science teaches us that we each have a unique combination of these doshas, referred to as ‘Mahad,’ which shapes our individual design. I think it helps to remember we are all unique, individual patterns of energy holding a specific frequency that shapes into matter! A wild thought, but if you sit with it for long enough you may find your own truth to it. 

But back to Doshas. 

In Ayurveda there are three primary doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Think of them as the architects of your body and mind. The catch is, these doshas have a tendency to go out of balance, which can wreak havoc on your overall well-being. Yoga, from an Ayurvedic standpoint, aims to realign you with your Mahad, helping you live out your dharma, your individually unique and grand design – it keeps you in that energetic shape that is most like you – and feels great! 

Vata Dosha: The Wind and Ether 

As we embrace the change of seasons, one dosha takes the centre stage – Vata. Vata is associated with the elements of air and ether. It brings characteristics like dryness, lightness, coldness, roughness, subtlety, mobility, and clarity. This dosha primarily governs our nervous system, representing the principle of movement and mobility. It’s the force behind our joy and happiness. 

For many, as winter approaches, Vata’s influence becomes more pronounced, and its symptoms may manifest in various ways. You might experience stiffness, hypermobility, unstable joints, a scattered mind, anxiety, fear, digestion issues, and sleep disturbances. 

These are all obstacles to us feeling ‘our self’, which is where our yoga practice steps in with the answers to help you balance Vata.  

Consider these practices: 

  1. Calming and Restorative Yoga: Slow practices that ground you and bring you into a state of deep rest. Restore and Yoga Nidra are excellent choices, as is the gentle, moon-style Hatha yoga. 

  1. Grounding Asanas: Emphasise clarity, grounding, mental focus, and concentration. Slow your tempo and create a calm environment to soothe your Vata. 

  1. Focus on the Pelvic Area: Bring awareness and stability to the pelvic area, as this is where Vata tends to wreak havoc. 

  1. Twists and Forward Folds: Seated variations that compress the abdomen, standing asanas, and balances are all helpful, as long as they don’t lead to tension and strain. 

  1. Belly-Down Backbends: Poses like Danurasana (Bow Pose) can help to balance Vata. 

  1. Breath Work: Work on increasing the exhalation, and consider practicing shoulderstand instead of headstand for your inversions. Be mindful not to overdo pranayama or Kapalabhati, and opt for Alternate Nostril Breathing, Viloma on the exhale, and Bhramari. 

If you want these techniques and practices pre-done and laid out for you, join our classes in studio and online. They are all scientifically sequenced to move you in the direction of balance, and designed to help you find the presence to assess – what’s off today?, why am I triggered?, what’s at play. And then create the necessary actions to offset that. Does that not sound a valuable skill to you? 

Ayurveda Retreat: Embrace Balance and Mitigate Stress 

As we explore the world of Ayurveda and the Vata Dosha, we invite you to join us at our upcoming mini retreat, “Embrace Balance and Mitigate Stress.” This transformative experience will help you delve deeper into the world of Vata Dosha and learn how to balance it in your life. 


  • When: November 11, 11:30 am – 3:30 pm  
  • Where: Yoga Local Studio, Nene Court, The Embankment, Wellingborough 
  • Tickets: £49 (includes an Ayurvedic light lunch)


This retreat is your chance to unlock the secrets of Vata Dosha and harness its energy for a more balanced, harmonious life. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to enhance your well-being.

If you’re ready to take your journey towards balance and self-discovery, we also welcome you to join our community.  

Book a class, or sign up for our online membership to access a wealth of knowledge and practices designed to empower you on your yoga journey. 

Remember, yoga is not about striking a pose; it’s about understanding the subtle forces within and around you so you can orchestrate them and direct them into something that supports who you are and all the great things you want to do with your life. Start your transformative journey today!