Yoga is a sister philosophy of the science of Ayurveda, intertwined offering a multitude of additional benefits. The two together are like holding a key to a door of mystical temple, which, though beautiful, was just a backdrop to your practice. Let’s explore!
According to Ayurveda, summer is a time of increase of Pitta, or fire, in the body. Though you may feel more energy with the sun shining bright, you still need to take care not to overexert yourself or to build the heat in your body so much to the point that it spills over from the areas which normally house it safely into other areas of your body. When the doshas, or bio-energies, of the body spread out of their home disease occurs. Some examples of heat-related imbalances are liver malfunctioning or poor functioning, acidity in the stomach building (think hyperacidity), digestive issues associated with inflammation, skin issues like acne as a result of excessive heat in the liver and blood, or excessive sweating, perhaps at night, for example.
Check out these yoga poses to help keep the heat in your body in check:
This pose is particularly beneficial in helping to cool the body, bringing about a sense of tranquility. Yogis praise it for its effect of boosting confidence, neutralizing stomach acidity and helping to moderate blood pressure.
Noted particularly for its ability to tone the pelvic organs and regulate digestion, this pose helps keep the summer heat from overexerting or weakening the digestive fire of the stomach. Healthy digestion is key to healthy internal balance. Left unchecked, unhealthy digestion can penetrate into the liver and blood, causing a variety of further imbalances. This one is for beauty from the inside out!
Cleanse out the liver and keep your digestive fire in balance. Targeting the liver for cleansing may help to target a variety of potential liver-related issues including menstrual discomfort, skin eruptions, and fatigue. Try releasing some summer heat with this posture.
Rejuvenate your mind and memory while giving yourself a natural facelift! This pose is helpful for those who are prone to mental exhaustion but contraindicated if you experience high blood pressure. The pull of gravity draws circulation up to the head, stimulating a heightened sense of mental clarity while working against the gravitational pull that normally pulls everything, including your face, down.
Take time to relax! Let the body cool down as you breathe into yourself, breathe into the moment. Who knew lying down could be so beneficial? Savasana helps to boost your mood and relieve stress and anxiety- there is little that is as heating as cortisol tearing through your body and working it away. A brief amount of time in savasana can be as restful as a full night of sleep. Kick back and give yourself the chance to enjoy the summer!
Now that you’re relaxed and rejuvenated, head out and enjoy that sun 🙂