Ayurveda teaches us how to be in harmony with the rhythms of nature. As a human being we are the mirror (microcosm) of the macrocosm that surrounds us. To stay healthy, it is essential to adapt to the changes around us (days, nights, season, age…)

Ayurveda gives special attention to transitions, especially in between 2 seasons.

Yoga, as any other practice of wellness, can be used to get back to balance in those times of change.

We are currently transitioning to a hotter season. The attributes of summer are closely related to Pitta dosha: it is hot, penetrating, sharp, intense.

To come back to balance, the major principle in Ayurveda is to treat by promoting the opposite attributes.

In your yoga practice, you will need to cultivate freshness, relaxation, calm, and openness.

Here are some techniques to help you:

– Practice to 80% of your capabilities (to lower intensity)

– During your practice, root the inhale at the navel center and slow the exhalation

– Incorporate hip opener postures that help release heat in the body
   (heat tends to accumulate around the abdomen)
   • Butterfly position (seated or lying down)
   • Triangle pose
   • Warrior 2
   • Wide-legged forward bend
   • Tree pose

– Practice light twists (seated or laying down)

– Avoid sun salutation that might be too heating and practice moon salutation instead

– Avoid too many backbends or inversions that are too heating and instead choose a cooling inversion such as lying down on your back, legs up the wall.

– You should practice early morning or late afternoon when it’s still fresh, as opposed to the middle of the day (between 11 am and 3pm) when it’s too hot.

– Bring some fresh air into the room you practice in, and play relaxing music with sounds such as waterfalls or ocean swells.

If you want to know more about practicing yoga according to season or your dosha, join my workshop: Yoga & Ayurveda.
Friday, July 10th to Sunday July 12th, 2015 at Lotus Palm in Montreal

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Eléonore, trained in the Iyengar yoga tradition, has been teaching yoga since 2008. Later, she completed an advanced 500h training in Kripalu yoga, in the United States. She has been practicing Thai Yoga Massage since 2009 in Montreal and is a teacher at Lotus Palm. Her passion for knowledge of the human body and a better art of living brought her to anchor her education in Ayurveda. She completed her 250h training at the Kripalu Institute and continues her education regularly. She currently teaches workshops to adapt your yoga practice according to Ayurveda.

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