In these last days of summer, I find myself prone to anger more easily. The sister science of yoga, Ayurveda (pronounced eye-uhr-vaid-uh), refers to the quality of heat as pitta.
The summer heat activates our pitta nature, invoking a physical heat that we can feel as well as emotional heat such as anger and intense passion. To balance this heat, it’s good to engage in cooling activities such as slow walks, slower styles of yoga, breathing exercises and meditation.
One of my favorite breathing techniques to cool down is Sitali Pranayam. The word pranayama refers to a breathing practice.
I like to think that these intensely hot days are here to help me practice patience....they have to be here to teach us something, right? If you find yourself enraged and on the warpath, practice sitali pranayam for 3-5 minutes to cool down before you act.
Sending you love,
Here's a video that guides you through the breath practice:
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