Hydrating Water for your Dosha

by Melissa West on November 13, 2014

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Hydrating Water


Hydrating-WaterHi Melissa! It is always nice to write you!
I have a question that always comes to me while I am doing a long yoga´s video classes: How should be my hydration while doing yoga?
I always have a bottle of water with me, but sometimes I feel that if I drink a lot of it, can be inconvenient when you are doing some postures.
Namaste!
Marcelys 🙂
Venezuela

Thank you for a great question Marcelys. During a recent Living Your Yoga blog post I spoke about the importance of staying hydrated prior to coming to your yoga mat and promised a video on hydrating waters for your specific doshas whether you are vata, pitta or kapha predominant.

First of all if you are interested in learning more about yoga and the Ayurvedic Doshas, then you can check out my yoga classes about this: click here

Also here is a quiz to determine your dosha, so you know which hydrating water to make for yourself.

This one is simpler:

This one is a little more involved:

If you are looking for a good introductory book on the topic, I highly recommend Deepak Chopra’s book, Perfect Health.

Why spice waters? Well, there are a number of reasons, but when we look at Marcelys’ question, spice waters designed to support your individual dosha will nourish your overall health and help your body absorb water more effectively. That being said, you want to avoid spiced water after 7:00 pm because they can be too stimulating to drink before bedtime.

Ayurvedic medicine recommends that you make 8 cups of spice water first thing in the morning. Then it is important to spread out the consumption of your spice water – if you chug it all at once, your body will simply pass it through rather than absorbing it. Instead, aim to sip a little every fifteen minutes (at about a rate of 1 cup per hour). This will help to create even hydration for your body and prevent frequent trips to the washroom. When you are finished your spice water, switch to plain water, if you don’t finish your spice water by dinner, throw it out and start fresh again in the morning. Source: http://ayurvedawellness.org/ayurveda/dosha-specific-spice-waters

If you are if you are kapha predominant sip your hydrating water hot, vata predominant drink your hydrating water warm, and pitta predominant can allow your hydrating water to cool to room temperature before drinking it.

Instructions:

Boil 8 cups of water for 5 minutes. Pour your boiled water into a thermos. Add the recommended herbs and spices for your dosha. Keep the container closed and allow the spices to infuse for 5 minutes. Strain and sip throughout the day.

Basic Recipe:

  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 2 pinches of ground licorice root
  • Kapha Addition: one inch slice of peeled fresh ginger root
  • Vata Addition: 1/4 tsp. cardamom seeds
  • Pitta addition: 1/2 tsp. fennel seeds

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