Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Case Study 3 - Larry

Read the study and answer the following questions.

Larry is 28 years old and single. He is tall and handsome, with a longish angular face. His outgoing and vibrant personality makes him popular with both men and women. He has an active social life. He is always on the move. His friends are amazed at how fast his life changes: from apartments to jobs to girlfriends. There is always something new and different going on with Larry, always a new interest. He approaches life as a happy vagabond, going with the flow. Lately, however, Larry has been having problems. The bills from his happy-go-lucky lifestyle have been piling up. His car has been repossessed and he has been feeling anxious, has trouble sleeping, and is experiencing problems with his digestion, most notably constipation. He has made an appointment for a Yoga therapy session, hoping it will help him sleep better.

1. What is your best guess for this individual’s Ayurvedic constitution and present
condition? Consider both their prakruti AND vikruti.


Larry likes to change, loves something new and different connecting to  Vata's main function is movement. His longish angular face is characteristic Vata

2. How do you see the dosha implicated in the individual’s health concern?

Bills are not getting paid and his car has been repossessed - Flightiness of Vata out of balance

Anxiety - Common Vata imbalance

Trouble Sleeping - Common for Vata when it is out of balance

Digestive Issues - Common for Vata when it is out of balance

Constipation - Common for Vata out of balance

3. What specific Yoga tools (asana, pranayama, mudra, relaxation, meditation, etc.) would you recommend to address their health concerns? Why?

- Try to get them to commit to a consistent practice atleast 4 time a week at the same time of day to get balanced
- Mindful practice so he doesn't get injured
- Stay focused
- Asanas that are close chained, both feet on the floor
- Slow, graceful sun salutations
- Back bends, squats
- Poses that engage the legs (Warrior 1, Camel,  Bridge)
- Hold poses 3 to 5 breaths
- Avoid overworking the muscles
- Standing and Seated forward folds
- hip openers
- warming inversions where both hands and feet are on the ground (downward facing dog, dolphin)
- finish with seated and lying twists
-10 to 20 minute savasana
- Avoid rushing after finishing the practice
- Use props

- During asana even ratio between inhale and exhale
- slow even ujjayi
- Surya bhedanana (right nostril breathing) to prepare for meditation - also in the morning and evening
- Chandra bhedhana (left nostril breathing) at midday
- Nadi shodhana at all times
- If students are feeling cold or tired, start practice with gentle kapalabhati


- Being in a womb-like environment
- Grounding, nuturing and warming imagery


-10 to 30 minutes of meditation after practice
- Mantra meditation is great

4. Based on their dosha and their presenting imbalances, how would you recommend
they approach the practice of Yoga? Include time of day, season, age of the client, and where appropriate, the koshas, the five elements, and/or the three gunas.

- Air and Space because he changes all the time

- Try to get them to commit to a consistent practice atleast 4 time a week at the same time of day to get balanced

- Larry at 28 it in the time of Pitta dosha

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