Denise Marlow on Doshas and Ayurveda

We’re super excited here at Red Hot Yoga & Pilates to be hosting a series of three Dosha workshops with Denise Marlow. Here Denise gives us a sneaky peak of what to expect!:

In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means “The Science of Life”. There is focus on prevention and healthy habits to encourage balance in the body both physically and mentally. This can be done not just through yoga but also breathwork, bodywork such as massage, diet and lifestyle choices. Over time we can notice seasonal shifts in our energy and physical symptoms. We can understand more about our own constitution and then apply Ayurvedic principles to help maintain balance.

In Ayurveda there are three types of energy: vata, pitta and kapha. ‘Energy is required to create movement so that fluids and nutrients get to the cells, enabling the body to function. Energy is required to metabolize the nutrients in the cells, and is called for to lubricate and maintain the structure of the cell’, (taken from: The Ayurvedic Institute,

Vata is the energy of movement. Pitta is the energy of digestion and metabolism. Kapha is the energy of lubrication and structure.

When we learn about energy, we can consciously learn how to balance the mind and body.

Kapha – the energy of lubrication and structure. Seasonally it is connected to late winter and spring, cold and wet months, related to the elements of water and earth. Kapha supplies the water for the body. It lubricates joints and moisturises skin. Winter can be the time of greatest kapha accumulation. There are many symptoms of kapha imbalance, some are water retention, lymphatic congestion, colds and coughs, aching joints.

The first of my series of three forthcoming Ayurvedic workshops, Finding Balance: Understanding the Doshas  will be an introduction to Ayurveda, doshas and yoga. We will also practice a 75 minute yoga class to hydrate the body from the inside out, working into our joints helping to remove blockages and limitations in the body. Yoga postures and breathing techniques will help to clear the lungs and release tension from the chest.

Workshop outline:
2.00-2.30pm – Introduction to Ayurveda, doshas and yoga
2.30-3.45pm – 75 minute yoga class
3.45-4.00pm – Understanding why we practised what we did to balance kapha energy
4.00-4.45pm – Myofascial release and restorative yoga to explore energy work and the nervous system
4.45-5.00pm – Guided relaxation to finish our time together

Interested in joining Denise? Her Finding Balance:Understanding the Doshas series of workshops run in March, June & October. You can either attend them as individual workshops or sign up for all three & save 10% on the individual workshop price. Click on the workshop that interests you for full details & to book your place:

Mid March to mid June – Kapha season – Saturday 21st March 2020 – 2pm – 5pm
Mid June to mid October – Pitta season – Saturday 20th June 2020 – 2pm – 5pm
Mid October to mid March – Vata season – Saturday 17th October 2020 – 2pm – 5pm



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