Cooling yoga asana for warm summer days
In summer, when the Dosha Pitta predominates in our environment, our organism demands cooling and calming. In order not to get out of balance, Ayurveda recommends Pitta-reducing measures, such as the following yoga position.
The fish position, Matsyasa, opens the chest, promotes relaxation and is therefore ideally suited to reducing an excess of Pitta.
- Roll up a blanket to support you during the exercise.
- Sit on the floor with your legs in front of you. Place the blanket lengthways behind you on the floor, a small distance from your buttocks.
- Roll your back or spine onto the blanket.
- The head is slightly hyperextended. Place a small pillow under your head if needed.
- Now spread your arms straight out at shoulders’ height and stretch your legs.
- Here, take three deep breaths in and out. As you exhale, relax your body and enjoy the opening in your chest and heart.
- Remain in this position for as long as you want. If you like, you can also play meditative music in the background.
- To finish the exercise, bend your legs and roll to one side. Lie on your side for a moment and give yourself a loving hug.
It is best to practice this exercise in the evening.