Darlene B. Ralicki, BS, RYT
Upcoming Yoga Schedule

Find me at Just Plain Yoga:

Mondays, 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. - Vinyasa Flow -  Breathe, move, energize, and release in this dynamic vinyasa flow practice set to a fun, eclectic soundtrack. 

No class on Monday, September 7th (Labor Day). New flow starts September 14th as we begin the transition from summer (pitta time) to fall (vata time).  
Sunday, September 20th, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.- Lunar Vinyasa Flow (once a month) Breath, movement, mantra, meditation...slow down and enjoy the vinyasa of rejuvenation.  

Find me at SanghaYoga:

Lunar Vinyasa Flow returns to Sangha this fall!

Friday, September 18th, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.Lunar Vinyasa Flow (once a month) Breath, movement, mantra, meditation...slow down and enjoy the vinyasa of rejuvenation. 

 It's Still Pitta  Time, but...

We are still n Pitta time,but we will start to move to the transition phase to Vata time as we get closer to the Autumnal Equinox. More to come shortly on transitioning for fall and Vata imbalances.  

Pitta embodies the elements of fire and water.  Fire qualities are hot, light, sharp, and intense, and water qualities are cold, liquid, soft, and smooth.  All of these qualities are predominant in the summer and can cause imbalances, especially for those individuals with a pitta dosha.  Summer brings with it much activity, and we can overheat both the mind and body trying to fit everything into our schedules.  It's important to slow down and find your "island of calm" for a period of time every day.   

Bringing the knowledge of Ayurveda into our yoga flows can help us open and engage in a more harmonious manner.  I've developed summer sequencing with a focus on cooling and removing pitta imbalances.  Here's a great, short article about the Pitta dosha and keeping it in balance:  Balancing Pitta. 


Key pranayama:  Cooling breaths such as Sitali (serpent breath), Sitkara (hissing breath), Nadi Shodhana (alternate nostril breath), Sama Vritti (equal ratio breath), and Dirgha (three-part yogic breath)


Key asana:  Backbends such as Bhujangasana (cobra), Ustrasana (camel),  Dhanurasana (Bow), Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward Bow), Matsyasana (fish), and Chandra Namaskara (moon salutations).  More cooling counter-poses after strong heating poses, such as forward bends, twists, and supine poses.  Keeping drishti (focal point/gaze) inward helps to cool - gaze down, ahead, heavy gaze, or closed eyes during practice. 


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Photo Credit:  Wanda June Koch Photography

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