We will be moving through the practice of water namaskar and moon salutation. Both yoga practices help cool the body in the hot summer months. The benefits are:
- Bringing more fluid movement into your body
- Pouring your spine forward, allowing the neck to have freedom
- Balancing vata and pitta doshas
Marma therapy is an ancient Indian practice whose focus is the manipulation of subtle energy (prana) in the body for the purposes of supporting the healing process. Marma therapy is based on the utilization of 107 points in the body which are considered to be access points to body, mind, and consciousness.
Meditation & Breath
We will be exploring different types of meditations from silence to chants, and movements. Our featured meditation will be the water meditation.
Breath will be focused on the Sheetali breath. The word “sheetali” means cooling in Sanskrit, it is taken from the original word “Sheetal” which is soothing or cold. The practice of sheetali breathing calms the mind, reduces the stress or fight-flight response. It cools the body and mind, The blood pressure is also lowered. This pranayama is very effective in hyperacidity or even ulcers.
We will also practice the single nostril breathing. This technique isolates one nostril. For the summer months, we are targeting the left nostril, which is called the Ida Nadi (“subtle channel”), which is the body’s cooling channel and is located on the lunar side of the body. Plug the right side of the nostril and breathe in and out through the left nostril for 5-20 breaths.
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