Ayurveda is known as the science of self-healing and longevity. In the practice of Ayurveda (the sister science of yoga), the Doshas (constitutions) have a yearly cycle, which we experience as the seasons. There are three seasons in the Ayurvedic calendar, which coincide with the conditions of climatic changes. Approximately, in North America, we experience the following cycles:
Kapha - Mid-February through May
Pitta - June through September
Vata - October through Mid-February
More specifically, in the coastal Carolinas, the primary dosha present in the environment is Kapha, and we must always think of keeping the Kapha dosha in balance. In the Longwave Yoga Ayurvedic class you will be guided in a practice appropriate to pacify the predominate seasonal dosha, while always considering which elements are most dominant in the Wilmington, NC area.
Pitta - June through September, pacifying fire and water.
In Ayurveda, summer is known as the Pitta time of year. The Pitta dosha/season is the combination of the elements of fire and water. When a person tends to be Pitta dominant they can especially feel out of balance during the summer, but you do not need to be a Pitta dominant type to fall into a Pitta Imbalance. The goal of Pitta is to heat and transform; however, excess Pitta can accumulate in both the mind and the body and it’s the element of heat that tends to accumulate most during this time of year. When Pitta is out of balance, agitation, anger, rashes, or digestive inflammation can all result. In addition, a fiery Pitta imbalance can result in having excessive mental activity, leading to an overactive nervous system, or feelings of intensity or impatience. To combat those excessive Pitta tendencies, Ayurveda looks to reduce excess heat through a nurturing, cooling, water-like yoga practice. To pacify Pitta, the yoga practice will offer a temperate room (78 degrees) and a creative flow that includes postures that help move heat out of the body.