Yoga for Your Dosha: A Refreshing Pitta Yoga Sequence

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Yoga for Your Dosha: A Refreshing Pitta Yoga Sequence

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Yoga for Your Dosha: A Refreshing Pitta Yoga Sequence
These twisting, folding, wide-legged poses aim to provide enough challenge to satisfy any desire for deep stretching, while simultaneously relaxing the body and refreshing the mind.
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Oct 13, 2016
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Energetically, these twisting, folding, wide-legged poses aim to provide enough challenge to satisfy any desire for deep stretching, while simultaneously relaxing the body and refreshing the mind. To avoid overheating, try practicing Ujjayi Pranayama so quietly that you can barely hear it.
To prepare for asana , you’ll need a mat, two blocks, a strap, a bolster, an eye pillow, and a couple of blankets. Carlson recommends beginning with three to six slow, rhythmic rounds of your favorite Sun Salutation. Generally, all constitutions benefit from warming, soothing movements like Sun Salutations during the cold, dry vata season. While practicing, maintain a soft Ujjayi Pranayama (Victorious Breath) to enhance focus and introversion.
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Parivrtta Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana
Stand in Mountain Pose. Shift your weight onto your left foot. Lift your right knee to hip height and, keeping it bent, hold it with your left hand. Twist your torso to the right, then extend through your right arm. Use your left hand to guide your bent right leg across your body into a deeper twist, or straighten your right leg and hold your right big toe with your left hand. Relax your jaw and shoulders. Hold for 3–6 breaths. Untwist slowly, return to standing, and repeat on the other side.
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