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Season 1 - Episode 11

Kapha Intervention Moment

5 min - Practice


A quick practice to get moving on those days when you feel sluggish and like you don't want to get out of bed. You will feel a quick jolt of energy and enthusiasm for your day.
What You'll Need: Mat, Block (2)

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Jul 12, 2017
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Namaste, I'm Allie, and this is going to be your kappa intervention. So when would you need this? You would need this on that day where you feel like you can't get out of bed, on that day where you feel like you can't get started, that day where you feel heavy or sluggish or slow, and it might be the last thing that you want to do, but I promise you this is going to make you feel a thousand times better. So let's use the tools of the practice. We're going to start off actually seated, and I'm going to need two blocks for this one.

You're going to start seated, and we're going to move into Bhastrika breath, which is very similar to the breath of fire, except it's bigger and slower. So it looks a little bit like this. And the belly is really pulling back strongly, and you might get some clearing in the nose for this one. Don't worry about it. Keep a Kleenex close by, and we'll start with about 15 rounds of Bhastrika breath.

So take a full breath in, really fill up nice and large, and then breathe out, and then inhale three quarters of the way and begin. And you might feel a little bit like a dragon, but stay with it. And then this is 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1. And then stop, pause, take a moment, breathe deep. Okay, so once you've finished your Bhastrika breath, you're going to need your two blocks on the lowest setting, and you can step them to the front of your mat, about shoulder-width apart.

And then I'm going to step my right foot outside of the blocks, send my left leg back and straighten out my left leg, and look forward. And then you're going to hop and switch your feet. So it'll look like this. So you'll take a deep breath in, on your breath out, hop and switch, and I'm pressing into the blocks as I go. And then hop and switch, and hop and switch.

And then once you get going, get a good rhythm going, and keep it going. Go for it, hopping and switching. And it'll get you going, I promise. Let's call this 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, ha. Whoo, ha.

The last thing that I'm going to offer is the most fun. Put on your favorite tune, a loud one, a silly one is always good, or something like dance music, and dance around. And dance around your apartment, dance around your house, just get your body moving however you want to. Get the arms up, jump around a little bit, shake your tush out, whatever you need to do to just keep moving. Yeah, yeah.

Cabbage patch is always good. You can do a little running man, you know, whatever you need, whatever you need. But keep moving, keep sweating, keep dancing, and I will see you the next time. Namaste.


Sandra Židan
It really helps! Thank you, Ali! 
Ali Cramer
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Sandra Židan ahhhh! So glad to hear it!! ❤️🙏🏽

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