Beat the Heat!

Posted by: on Dec 26, 2014 | No Comments
Beat the Heat!
supta bada konasana from @ianbatt2

It’s HOT outside!!  And humid!

So what can you do to keep yourself cool and balanced even during Pitta season when the temperatures soar?

Here is my round-up of the best practices for Pitta season!

Note: Pitta is all about water and fire, which are the elements associated with the 2nd and 3rd chakras.  During Pitta season, it’s better to stay with specific poses, pranayamas, mantras and mudras that cool, calm, and release heat.  Let’s get started!

1) Sitali Breathing: Breathe in through a curled tongue like a straw. Close your mouth and breathe out through your nose. Can’t curl your tongue? No problem, let your tongue kinda hang out of your mouth, breathe in as much cool air over it as you can.  Then close your mouth and breathe out through your nose.

2) Hakini Mudra:  This mudra for the 6th chakra will send energy upwards – out of the fire. Find a comfortable seat, and press the tips of all five fingers into each other with the palms apart.  Hakini Mudra is considered the mudra of concentration.  It’s perfect for those days when the fire rages a little too much in all directions. Hold the mudra for 5-7 minutes before you begin your asana practice.

3) Asana:  Stick with more with cooling postures like forward bends and gentle heart openers (think crescent lunge and salabasana). Hip openers are great to pacify that Pitta heat, and shoulder stand is also very cooling. Finish your practice with five minutes in supta baddha konasana (feet together knees apart on your back) with a pillow or block supporting each thigh so you don’t flatten your groins and over-stretch your inner thighs. (Check out the guy in the photo above using sand as a prop to support his knees – brilliant!)

4) Music: Keep your music peaceful, soft and loving. I always love Masood Ali Khan, Morley, and Maneesh de Moor.

Stay cool, Modern Yogis!

Namaste, Ali

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