How Does Summer Manifest in Your Body?

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):Pitta

So enjoy the light, joy, & playfulness of summer … & cultivate practices to keep you cool & calm in mind, body & spirit. See you soon, Friends! E

Published by ericaengel42

I practice & share Hatha Yoga for a simple reason -- it works. Hatha Yoga in the Himalayan Tradition is a holistic system of philosophy & practices passed down through an unbroken 5,000 year lineage of Himalayan sages. What Hatha Yoga is not: trendy, bendy or one-&-done. What Hatha Yoga is: a systematic approach to uncovering the real, authentic YOU in body, mind & spirit. Hatha Yoga cultivates well-being, stability, clarity & ease in modern life through traditional, time-tested practices. I also recognize both our shared humanity & our differing privileges & barriers -- I am a cis-gendered white female with a graduate degree, who has dealt with family trauma & an eating disorder. My goals in my own practice include to cultivate awareness of my own privileges & social conditioning, unlearn & re-learn in order to be mindful & take compassionate action toward a more beautiful, just & peaceful world for ALL humans, creatures & our Earth. I'm making mistakes daily, & hopeful that I'm falling forward toward these goals & vision. I hope we can walk our paths & support each other along the way.

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