By Susan O Conner
Meditations are most effective when consistently performed. For this reason I believe, one minute meditations for all individuals is best. Everyone can meditate for one minute! Early morning upon awakening is best. If unable to meditate upon awakening, choosing the same time each day to meditate is best. After the habit is established I would increase the meditation and possibly change the time to suit proper doshic dinacharya. (Daily Routine based on doshas)
Vata in Satva is creativity and Joy. Meditation to deepen the expression of joy – Mantra – I am Ananda
Vata in Rajas is anxious and fearful. Meditation with mantra – Om Tara tu tare ture soha -to promote idea of speech, body and mind free of fear.
Vata in Tamas is Sadness and Grief.
Meditation with mantra –
Lokah samasta sukhino bhavantu.
May all beings everywhere be happy. To keep mind centered on others. Ultimately happiness for all will include person with Vata in Tamas. Can use Vanilla aromatherapy during meditation to dispel grief.
Pitta in Satva is spiritual and logical. Meditation, that includes alternate nostril breathing to keep balance of Ida and Pingala and maintain Pitta in Satva.
Pitta in Rajas is aggressive and competitive.
Meditation with mantra – I am Samtosha – I am content. In order to dispel rajas and induce feeling in mind of non-competitiveness because all is ok as is. Can use lavender aromatherapy during meditation to dispel aggression.
Pitta in Tamas is anger and Jealousy. Meditation with pranayama focused on Ida nadi to reduce pitta and Tamas. Cooling energy that flows through Ida will help dispel anger of Pitta.
Kapha in Satva is Love and compassion. Meditation with Kapalbhati to help promote drying and lightness in kapha and maintain Satva.
Kapha in Rajas is Greedy and sentimental. Meditation emphasizing practice of releasing greed. Mantra – I am Aparigraha (greedlessness).
Kapha in Tamas is depressed and lethargic. Moving meditation (Hatha Yoga) emphasizing practice of releasing the physical body. You are not the physical body. The physical body is merely a vehicle for the meditation. Can use Ylang Ylang, aromatherapy during meditation to dispel depression.
Ultimately, meditations for each dosha can be simple as long as:
Satu dirgha kala nairantarya satkara asevitah dridha bhumih –
The practice is attained to for a long time with great effort, no interuption and with consistency and devotion. (rough translation)
To learn Meditation and Yoga, you can contact Susan at Haven Yoga in San Diego.
Please note that these are the personal views of the student, and, does not necessarily reflect the view of the college.
By Susan Connor, RYT, AWP(Haven Yoga)
Teacher- Yoga Therapy, Ayurvedic Nutrition, Meditation