From an Ayurvedic perspective, summer is dominated by the fiery energy of pitta, one of the components of a person’s mind- body constitution known as prakriti. Everyone has some degree of pitta in their prakriti, which regulates body temperature, metabolism, willpower, intelligence and discrimination. Because pitta is associated with fire, it can tend to overheat during summer and throw you out of balance. If left unattended, an excess of pitta can produce inflammation, excessive hunger or acidity, aggressive behaviour and “hot”emotional reactions such as anger irritability, frustration and hatred.
To keep pitta from firing up too much during these hot months, begin fostering “coolness” in every sense of the word: slow down, chill out, swim and enjoy a light, fresh vegetarian diet.
It is often only when we teach yoga that we begin to learn what yoga truly is. This is because it is in the context of teaching that we are forced to examine our understanding of yoga critically, and to witness to what extent we embody and communicate this understanding.
Yoga can support the whole being if the student is open to the process. How open a student is often depends not only on how we teach technique, but on how we present our understanding. How we demonstrate essence and spirit in our teaching depends on how much we are actually living yoga, how heart-connected we are, and how much depth and wisdom we have developed.
What is Spirituality?
In essence, spirituality deals with our relationship with that which is beyond us as individuals. This is a relationship with something greater than we are, with a creator, or a source of being that we have come from before our —birth, and where we will go to after our death. This is a very personal inner journey.