Ayurvedic Yoga - Season/Dosha Descriptions
Ayurveda is known as the science of self-healing and longevity. In the practice of Ayurveda (the sister science of yoga), the Doshas (constitutions) have a yearly cycle, which we experience as the seasons. There are three seasons in the Ayurvedic calendar, which coincide with the conditions of climatic changes. Approximately, in North America, we experience the following cycles:
Kapha - Mid-February through May
Pitta - June through September
Vata - October through Mid-February
More specifically, in the coastal Carolinas, the primary dosha present in the environment is Kapha, and we must always think of keeping the Kapha dosha in balance. In the Longwave Yoga Ayurvedic class you will be guided in a practice appropriate to pacify the predominate seasonal dosha, while always considering which elements are most dominant in the Wilmington, NC area.
Pitta - June through September
In Ayurveda, summer is known as the Pitta time of year. The Pitta dosha/season is the combination of the elements of Fire and Water. When a person tends to be Pitta dominant they can especially feel out of balance during the summer, but you do not need to be a Pitta dominant type to fall into a Pitta Imbalance. The goal of Pitta is to heat and transform; however, excess Pitta can accumulate in both the mind and the body and it’s the element of heat that tends to accumulate most during this time of year. When Pitta is out of balance, agitation, anger, rashes, or digestive inflammation can all result. In addition, a fiery Pitta imbalance can result in having excessive mental activity, leading to an overactive nervous system, or feelings of intensity or impatience. To combat those excessive Pitta-type tendencies, Ayurveda looks to reduce excess heat through a nurturing, cooling, water-like yoga practice. A Pitta balancing practice will be challenging enough for those who like to work hard, but positively encourage the Pitta-type yogi to cool off, chill out, and surrender.
Take your yoga practice off land and into the water! Learn the fundamentals of paddleboarding first on land with a review of water safety and then join us in the water as we warm up with a paddle to a pristine "floating yoga studio" created with just our boards and an anchor. Surrounded by nature, we will flow through a complete yoga practice available to all levels. SUP Yoga helps to build core strength and integration while cultivating awareness of the true present moment.
This class is seasonal and is weather dependent. Classes will be canceled by 5:00pm if weather is not in our favor. **Note when considering registration: evenings on the water have a tendency to be a lot windier than in the morning.
All yoga levels welcome and swimming skills a must. Please register and pay online or by calling the studio. Once registered, you will receive an email with drop in location and details.
This one-hour class is for the yogi on the go! Hour or Power is a powerful and playful style of yoga that links movement and breath. This class focuses on strength, balance, core, intervals, and stretching. You will leave feeling energized and a little sweaty! All ability levels are welcome, as there will be modifications, options and specific alignment cues given throughout the class that appeal to all levels of practitioners. It is highly recommended that brand new yogis partake in the beginner and/or basic level classes before joining an open-level class.
Take your practice to the ocean this summer in our Seaside Yoga series! Every Saturday and Sunday from 8:00- 9:00am, join us for an all-levels class on Blockade Runner Hotel’s seaside lawn. This class begins Memorial Day weekend and runs through Labor Day Weekend. Practice under the summer sun, feel the salty air, and enjoy the beach horizon and lush gardens of the Blockade Runner while listening to the breaking waves on the shore. Find your seaside yoga bliss among the coastal wildlife of seabirds and beach bunnies roaming the lawn.
**Metered parking is available on the street. To access the lawn, walk through the lobby and toward the ocean. Special event rate: $16. Pre-registration is required.
Enjoy the bliss of mother nature and take your yoga practice off land and into the water!
Briefly review the fundamentals of paddleboarding and water safety on land and then join us in the water as we warm up with a paddle to a pristine "floating yoga studio" in the Intracoastal Waterways of Wrightsville Beach. Surrounded by nature, we will flow through a complete yoga practice available to all levels. SUP Yoga helps to build core strength and integration while cultivating awareness of the true present moment.
This class is seasonal and is weather dependent. Classes will be canceled 30 minutes prior to class start time if weather is not in our favor.
**Please preregister by 5:00pm the night prior to class. Pay online or by calling the studio. Once registered, you will receive an email with drop in location and details. Carpooling or biking to location is highly recommended, as parking is limited.