Darlene B. Ralicki, BS, RYT
Upcoming Yoga Schedule

Find me at Just Plain Yoga on:

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.   
Sunday, July 19th, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.- Lunar Vinyasa Flow (once a month) Breath, movement, mantra, meditation...slow down and enjoy the vinyasa of rejuvenation.  .

 It's Pitta  Time

As we enjoy late spring and start to approach the Summer Solstice, we transition into Pitta time.  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. 

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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