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Cool Down with Yoga and Mala Beads for the Pitta Dosha

Melt away into a cool, grounding and soothing practice…

In the spirit of Ayurveda, the ancient tradition of Indian medicine, summer is the season of pitta, or fire. Although that fire has an intent (to provide the heat necessary to initiate activity and digest food and emotions), an excess of that energy can be toxic.

Asanas (poses) that support in balancing Pitta are those that focus pressure on the naval and solar plexus area (ie: forward folds), in the small intestine where Pitta resides. There should be enough calming asanas included in your practice to quiet irritation, anger, impatience, frustration, anxiety, and intensity caused by Pitta. These types of asanas will also help with acid reflux, ulcers, rashes and sunburn. Generally all forward bends, side stretches, twists, backbends that stretch muscles in your stomach, will be supportive.

These simple, restful movements will form more space in chronically tight areas and cultivate longer breaths, supporting you to decompress — and turn on your internal air-conditioning.

Each asana listed below is designed to be grounding and pacifying, releasing tension and expanding the calming, cooling flow of oxygen in the body without enhancing excess heat. For added cooling benefits, practice early in the morning (when temperatures are at their lowest) and stay hydrated throughout the day. These are poses that can be held for one or two minutes each.

Cooling asanas for you:

  • Viparita Karani (legs up the wall pose)
  • Ustrasana (Camel Pose)
  • Matsyasana (Fish Pose)
  • Utthita Parsvakonasana (Extended Side Angle)
  • Trikonasana (Extended Triangle)
  • Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
  • Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)
  • Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend)
  • Pada hastasana (Hands to Feet)
  • ┬áMeru Vakrasana (Simple Spinal Twist)
  • Ardha Matsyendrasana (Semi Spinal Seated Twist)
  • Janu Sirsasana (Head to Knee Forward Bend)

Peruse our pitta pacifying pieces here:
Ayurvedic Water Mala
Ayurvedic Stability Mala
Ayurvedic Purification Mala

Ayurvedic Water Bracelet
Wisdom Ayurvedic Bracelet
Winter Ayurvedic Bracelet

Amazonite - Featured Gemstone

Amazonite can support the balancing of both the heart and throat chakras.

A semi-opaque stone that was used abundantly by the Egyptians, Amazonite is known as the stone of courage. It is said to have acquired its name from the Amazon women warriors who praised the moon goddess, Diana. Since it was discovered near the …

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Recipe: Kapha – Friendly Nutty Soup

 

Since the Kapha dosha is heavy, oily, and cold, it’s important to favour foods that are light, dry, and warm. Foods with pungent, bitter, and astringent tastes are most beneficial for pacifying Kapha

Since the Kapha dosha is heavy, oily, and cold, it’s important to favor foods that are light, dry, and warm. Foods …

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Sandalwood – Featured Mala Bead

Sandalwood stimulates clairvoyance, aids in seeing past lives, healing, clearing, protection, and calms the mind.

Indian Sandalwood is one of the finest holy herbs of Ayurveda. It is recognized scientifically as Santanlum album and in Sanskrit as Chandana.

Sandalwood originates from an evergreen tree that is grown in southern India. The sacred oil collects …

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Shiva ~ Divine Masucline

“Shiva is silence. Shakti is power. Shiva is creativity. Shakti is creation. Shiva is love. Shakti is loving. These qualities aren’t opposites, but complements, which is a perfect description of a sacred union.”

– D. Chopra Shiva [Divine Masculine] personifies the energy of transformation from one form to another, or from one consciousness to …

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Recipe: Feminine Balancing Tea

Amazing for hormone balancing and doubles as a fertility tea.

If used properly and daily this feminine balancing tea really helps harmonize the body and brings balance to stressed hormones. Sometimes, this is just what is needed relax and enhance fertility.

Even if you’re not trying to get pregnant, this tea is perfect for stress, …

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Moonstone – Feature Gemstone of May

Moonstone expands the heart into nurturing qualities, as well as supports in the acceptance of love, including self love.

Since ancient times, moonstone has been a clear connection to the enchantment of the moon – a talisman of protection for travellers, an offering of lovers for passion, a frequency for foresight, and a pathway to …

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Durga: Universal Mother

Durga’s left eye signifies desire (the moon), the right eye depicts action (the sun), and the central eye is knowledge (fire).

Durga is incredibly powerful. She is essentially the original manifestation of the Divine Feminine. Simply put, she is the original strand of all that is feminine in this world.

Durga is recognized as the …

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Mala Beads, Yoga, and Meditation for Creativity

Sometimes creative energy flows freely and at other times starting or continuing a creative project can be challenging. No matter what your creative aspirations are, there are a number of mala beads, yoga practices, and meditations that can help you tap into an endless creative flow of inspiration to put into creative projects and …

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Mala Beads for Love and the Heart

As we approach Valentine’s Day, we have been receiving many questions regarding which mala beads are the best for love. There are many wonderful mala beads that can help bring love into your life or help heal the heart. Here we will look at some of the most common concerns around love and the …

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