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Top Cooling Yoga Asanas to Balance Pitta in Summer

Written By: UMA Editorial Team |

Published on: July 3, 2024

As the heat of summer sets in, many of us start feeling the effects of increased pitta, one of the three doshas in Ayurveda. Pitta, when out of balance, can lead to irritability, inflammation, and overheating. Luckily, yoga offers a natural way to cool down and balance pitta during the hot months. In this article, UMA suggests exploring some refreshing yoga asanas (poses) specifically designed to keep pitta in check and promote a sense of calm and balance.

How Yoga Can Help in Pitta Balanced During Summer ?

Yoga is a powerful tool to help balance pitta dosha during the hot summer months. Pitta, which is associated with heat, can become aggravated in the summer, leading to issues such as irritability, inflammation, and overheating. Yoga, with its combination of poses, breathing techniques, and mindfulness practices, can effectively cool the body and calm the mind, mitigating these issues.

  • Cooling Asanas: Specific yoga poses like Sitali Asana and Sheetali Asana are designed to draw in cool air, helping to regulate body temperature and reduce internal heat. These poses are particularly effective in managing the heat associated with pitta imbalance.
  • Relaxation Poses: Poses such as Shavasana (Corpse Pose) and Viparita Karani (Legs-Up-The-Wall Pose) promote deep relaxation and stress relief. These poses help calm the mind and reduce the agitation and tension that can exacerbate pitta imbalances.
  • Pranayama Techniques: Cooling breath techniques like Sitali Pranayama and Sheetkari Pranayama are excellent for releasing excess heat from the body. These breathing exercises not only cool the body but also help in calming the mind, reducing irritability and anger.
  • Mindfulness and Awareness: Yoga encourages mindfulness and body awareness, which are important for recognizing and addressing the signs of pitta imbalance. By being attuned to their body’s needs, individuals can make necessary adjustments in their practice and lifestyle to maintain balance.

Yoga Poses to Keep Pitta Balanced During Summer

Certain yoga poses can help keep pitta dosha balanced during the hot summer months by cooling the body and calming the mind. Incorporating these specific asanas into your routine can mitigate excess heat and stress, promoting a sense of overall well-being and equilibrium.

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Sitali Pranayama (Cooling Breath)

Start your practice with Sitali Pranayama, also known as the Cooling Breath. Sit comfortably with your spine straight. Curl your tongue into a “U” shape or if you can’t curl your tongue, part your lips slightly. Inhale deeply through your curled tongue or parted lips, feeling the cool air entering your body. 

Close your mouth and exhale through your nose. Repeat for several breaths, focusing on the sensation of coolness spreading throughout your body. This breath helps release excess heat and tension from the body, promoting a sense of calm.

2

Sitali Asana (Cooling Posture)

Following Sitali Pranayama, move into Sitali Asana. Sit in a comfortable cross-legged position or on your heels. Stick your tongue out and curl the sides upward to form a tube-like shape. 

Inhale deeply through this rolled tongue, then exhale through your nose. Repeat several times, feeling the cooling effect on your tongue and throat. This asana helps reduce body heat and soothes the mind.

3

Sasangasana (Rabbit Pose)

Kneel on your mat with your buttocks resting on your heels. Place your forehead on the floor in front of your knees and reach your arms back alongside your body, palms facing up. Hold onto your heels with your hands. Inhale deeply, then exhale as you lift your hips toward the ceiling, rolling onto the crown of your head. 

Keep pressing your forehead into the floor and lifting your hips until your arms are straight. Hold for a few breaths, then slowly release and return to the starting position. This pose increases blood flow to the brain, calming the mind and reducing stress.

4

Shavasana (Corpse Pose)

Lie flat on your back with your legs extended and your arms resting at your sides, palms facing up. Close your eyes and allow your body to relax completely. Focus on your breath, inhaling deeply through your nose and exhaling slowly through your mouth. 

Stay in this pose for several minutes, allowing your body and mind to cool down and come into a state of deep relaxation.

5

Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose)

Sit on the floor with your legs extended in front of you. Bend your knees and bring the soles of your feet together, allowing your knees to fall open to the sides. Hold onto your feet with your hands and sit up tall, lengthening your spine. Inhale deeply, then exhale as you gently fold forward from the hips, keeping your spine long. 

Rest your forehead on your feet or on a block if it doesn’t reach. Hold for a few breaths, then slowly come back up to sitting. This pose stretches the inner thighs and groin, promoting a sense of openness and relaxation.

6

Sheetali Asana (Cooling Breath)

Sit comfortably with your spine straight. Roll your tongue into a tube shape or if you can’t, purse your lips slightly. Inhale deeply through your rolled tongue or pursed lips, feeling the cool air entering your body.

Exhale through your nose. Repeat for several breaths, focusing on the sensation of coolness spreading throughout your body. This breath helps release excess heat and tension from the body, promoting a sense of calm.

7

Viparita Karani (Legs-Up-The-Wall Pose)

Sit close to a wall with your side body against it. Lie on your back and swing your legs up against the wall, so your body forms an L-shape. Rest your arms by your sides with your palms facing up. 

Close your eyes and breathe deeply, allowing your body to relax completely. Hold the pose for 5-10 minutes, focusing on the soothing sensation of blood flowing away from your feet and towards your heart. This pose helps reduce stress and fatigue while calming the mind.


Are There Any UMA Products That Can Be Used For Pitta Dosha?

In addition to practicing yoga to keep pitta dosha balanced during summer, UMA offers several products that can enhance these benefits by promoting relaxation and cooling.

UMA Pure Bliss Wellness Candle

This candle is crafted with essential oils to create an aura of love and connection. Lighting this candle during your yoga practice or meditation can enhance mind-body balance, providing a calming environment that helps mitigate the heat and stress associated with pitta dosha.

UMA Pure Calm Wellness Incense

Made with soothing chamomile and lavender, this incense promotes deep relaxation and alleviates tension. Burning this incense before or during yoga sessions can help envelop you in a sense of calm, complementing the cooling effects of yoga poses and breathwork.

UMA Ultimate Brightening Discovery Kit

This kit includes best-selling skincare products like face masks, face oil, eye oil, and body oil. These products rejuvenate and brighten the skin, which is especially beneficial for those experiencing pitta-related skin issues such as inflammation or redness. Using these products as part of your post-yoga routine can enhance the overall sense of well-being and promote youthful-looking skin.

Closing Thoughts

Incorporating these cooling yoga poses into your daily routine, as UMA suggests, can help balance pitta dosha and keep you feeling calm, refreshed, and energized throughout the summer months. Combine UMA products with your yoga practice creates a holistic approach to managing pitta dosha, helping you stay cool, relaxed, and balanced throughout the summer.

Remember to listen to your body and practice mindfulness as you move through each pose, allowing yourself to fully experience the cooling benefits of each asana. Stay hydrated, eat cooling foods, and enjoy the balancing effects of your summer yoga practice.

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