Dosha imbalance done by exercise and why yoga asana is not a flow class or a workout by Western principles
What is in your yoga?
Is it dosha aggravating and ultimately disease causing when viewed from the very foundation of real yogic science of physiology? Would you know the difference? (By the way, ayurveda and yoga do not have any difference at all in their understanding of anatomy and physiology. In many of the ancient yoga texts vata, anila, pavan, pitta, kapha, sleshma, and other names for the doshas are used extensively. They are not different as some Westerners like the Yoga Dr. would like to think.)
If you are doing a normal Western yoga class, it is more likely you are doing a western exercise class more than anything yoga. Western exercise believes that when you break a sweat, your now warmed up and ready for exercise although this principle of WESTERN exercise (not yoga) is now being questioned and research has shown that warming up does not have any benefits. Specially stretching before exercise.
Yoga (asana) does not sweat. Sweating is the point in which heat is too much in the body and the body then tries to cool itself off by the need to breath through the mouth and sweating occurs. Anything further than this point will imbalance the prana and is considered excessive. It is the point of measurement of ones maximal capacity.
As I have already explained this extensively in other posts, here is but another verse to explain the dangers of not learning the real foundation of yoga.
The following is from the Ayurvedic text, Astanga Hridaya.
It explains the movement of dosha from the kostha – gastrointestinal tract to shakha – body tissues, bones and marmas which are vital organs and vulnerable points of the body. This is the imbalancing of dosha, that is to say “that which causes disease”. We are moving the doshas out of their sthana or home in the following verse…
Movement of dosha from koshta to shakha – By the effect of exercise, increase of heat, unsuitable/unhealthy activities and due to quick movement of Vata, ….. the increased doshas move out of the kostha to the shakhas.
And in this verse it explains the opposite movement where are moving the doshas back…
Movement of the dosha from shakha to koshta – Doshas move from body channels and tissues to the gastrointestinal tract by; the effect of purification and clearing and widening of the minute body channels, further increase of doshas, liquefaction, maturity, balancing and controlling Vata.
When doshas move from one place to another, they remain there for some time, waiting for an exciting factor. After deriving strength by season, time etc… they get further aggravated and move to other places as well. Astanga Hridaya Sutrasthana 13.17 – 19
So does it really come down to a style of yoga? How can it be called yoga if it doesn’t follow the fundamentals of what yoga is based on and actually causes disease by the view of yoga?
Deeper understanding from purely a Western science bases would look something like this..