Greetings from me, sheltered from the sun & heat a few more minutes before heading to the Fayette County Fair, my second home this week. It’s just the beginning, & I’ve met a ton of people, experienced lambs being bathed/shaved & Lego creations being built, & witnessed the amazing dedication of 4-H Members & Volunteers. & that’s summer, right? New experiences, socializing, using the extra daylight to its fullest.
Let’s take a turn to summer yoga classes … It’s been my joy to practice with you! We’ve been practicing Pitta-balancing yoga asanas (postures), breathing techniques & meditations in classes all summer … & maybe you’ve heard of Ayurveda, Yoga’s sister science, in yoga classes or workshops. While Yoga is the science of self-realization, Ayurveda is the science of daily life. These two sciences complement each other on our unique paths through life.
A basic Ayurvedic principle is “Like increases like.” Therefore, balance comes from doing the opposite — for example, summer tends to be hot, fiery, sharp, light, & active, which are all Pitta qualities. All of these qualities are great when they’re in balance — we enjoy the warmth, the long days, the fun activities outdoors & with friends.
In balance, we’re kinda like Luna here, my new friend from the Fayette County 4-H Dog Club:
Ah, summer vibes …
However, if we also tend to have a fiery, active personal constitution (dosha), the combination of summer & our individual tendencies can take us out of balance — think overheating, fiery temper, sharp words, overly competitive or driven, burnout, indigestion, etc. So, to return to balance, we shift our practices/mindset to cultivate the opposite qualities (think cooling, nurturing, non-competitive, shade, siestas, etc.).
Here are a few articles that I found helpful today as I continue to balance my own naturally fiery constitution in the already fiery-ness of summer ;). Enjoy!
The Ayurvedic Basics of Summer, a.k.a. Pitta Season from Banyan Botanicals
How Does Summer Manifest in Your Body? from Banyan Botanicals
Check out Kathryn Templeton’s article on Pitta dosha HERE at Yoga International. Here’s a bit from her Ayurvedic recommendations for asanas (hopefully you’ve noticed these in our group classes 😉 &/or private lessons):
So enjoy the light, joy, & playfulness of summer … & cultivate practices to keep you cool & calm in mind, body & spirit. See you soon, Friends! E