Yoga can be a great way to stay balanced throughout the seasons. According to yoga's sister science, Ayurveda, summer is when Pitta (think hot, fiery, volatile) energy is in full force. We tend to be more active, social, and have an irregular schedule. Those who already have a Pitta dominant constitution (motivated, sharp-witted, fiery) need to be especially vigilant to stay in balance this time of year. If you've been having skin outbreaks, heartburn, or have been especially impatient or angry lately, you need to take a step back and cool down. Here are some yoga postures to help you do just that:
Let your head and shoulders rest on the ground, arms out wide to the sides, palms facing up. Take a nice deep breath in, slowly lower your bent knees over to the right as you exhale, shifting your gaze to the opposite hand. Hold for 2-3 breaths, and repeat on the other side. Twisting helps to cool the blood, releasing heat from the intestines and the liver.
*This post was originally published for the Kaplan Center for Health and Wellness*