In light of Toronto’s first (of many) heat waves this summer this is a wonderful practice to cool the body as well as add balance to the Pitta Dosha.
The following theme can be used either for your own personal practice, or for your group classes or one on ones that you are teaching. Everything below is just a guide based on my thoughts and experiences in the moment. Feel free to change anything to better suit your teaching/practice style or so that it feels more authentic to you and your own teaching voice. Namasté
Theme: Cooling it Down
Physical Focus: slower transitions, yin based postures
Pranayama: Chandra Beda, cooling single nostril breathing (inhaling left and exhaling right) &/or Sitali breathing – sticking your tongue out and curling the sides inwards, inhaling and exhaling like this.
Yama/Niyama: Ishvara Pranidhana – Surrender
Mudra: Praan Mudra – bring your ring and pinky finger to touch your thumb with your pointer and middle finger together but outstretched. This mudras decreases physical heat, reduces mental anger and helps with insomnia.
After a gentle warm-up, keep the pace a little slower and encourage your students to reduce physical effort. Letting their practice deepen by becoming more internally aware. Lengthen time spent in Mountain 3 (floor work and deep stretches at the end of class) and add Yin influenced postures. If you aren’t familiar with specific Yin postures, essentially teach the same stretches but reduce intensity significantly while holding the pose longer (3-5 minutes)
Finish with legs up the wall to redistribute the bodies energy and reduce heat and swelling from the legs.
Cues should be Yin centered: Cooling, nurturing, feminine, the moon, calming, maternal, soft