On Saturday, June 6th from 5:15-6:45pm at Tranquil Space, Arlington I'll be hosting a yoga workshop around the theme of summer and pitta dosha. Okay...I get it you have NO idea what a "pitta" or a "dosha" is so let's explore what we'll be learning and how this might possibly benefit you to spend time restoring, calming your senses, and finding balance in the heat of the summer!!
Ayurveda is the ancient holistic health care system of India. It explains that there are three dynamic forces in nature, called Doshas, which are constantly changing and impacting our personal balance. Doshas control your body's physical, mental and emotional systems. This is why we are impacted by the fluctuations of the Doshas on a daily basis: the cooler, dryer morning is Vata; the hot, humid mid-day is Pitta; the wet, rainy late afternoon is Kapha. One of the ways we can bring balance to this is through Aromatherapy. Aromatherapy helps to bring balance to your body, mind and spirit naturally through the aromatic properties of plants, and this is why Ayurveda embraces the use of aromatherapy as a valuable way to balance the three Doshas of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.
Thousands of years ago, beneath the full moon on hot summer nights in India, Ayurvedic vaidyas, or healers, collected dewdrops from blue and white lotuses and stored them for medicinal purposes. According to the scriptures, if you place a drop of this precious substance on your tongue, it will cool your entire body. This “moon sweat” pacifies the pitta dosha, the subtle energy that controls metabolism and can cause you to overheat when it’s hot outside.
The summer months cause us to have excess pitta with symptoms of dehydration, sweat, and feeling irritable. During the workshop on June 6th we will learn how to balance the summer months with an hour and ½ yoga practice dedicated to cooling poses, while applying calming and centering Citrus and Floral essential oils during a meditation practice. The practice will draw our awareness in the abdomen, where pitta dosha is concentrated in the small intestine to bring balance to the body.
After the practice, we will spend time enjoying tasty refreshments with sweet, bitter, and astringent flavors to aid in pacifying Agni, the fire element-- pitta dosha in our belly.
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