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Temper the Fire (37-mins) Vinyasa

Fluid and flowy, this class offers a rhythmic and smooth vinyasa sequence that focuses on the water element to soothe Pitta’s fire. You’ll move through Sun Salutations, twists, lunges, dancing warriors, and hamstring lengthening as you build heat and release tension in the mind and body by focusing on deep breath that links to each movement.

Style: Vinyasa Yoga

Duration: 38-mins

Level: open-levels

Props: 1 block

Focus: Watery practice to pacify pitta

Location: Lila Familia Production Studio, Vancouver, BC

Pacifying Pitta Dosha

Pitta is well-defined and muscular. This constitution has regular bowls that pass easily and moderate appetites. Pitta tends to get irritable and react emotionally when hungry, so skipping meals is not advised. Cool and moist atmospheres serve Pitta, as do colder foods such as raw salads, ice cream, and cold drinks.

These personalities tend to be so driven and focused on their task-at-hand; they go into overdrive and can’t slow down or put down what they’re doing. As a result, hypertension and anger erupt. Pitta has difficulty relaxing and making space to unwind; sleep disorders, inflammation, and gastric issues may occur.

To create harmony and balance, Pitta should avoid all extremes in exercise and food. Smaller meals are advised with foods that are cool, predominantly vegetarian, and bitter. Lots of vegetables are recommended and minimal sweet, salty, and spicy foods. Less coffee, teas, and alcohol are advised. In terms of movement, Pitta should balance high-intensity workouts with slower-paced activities such as yoga, meditation, and dancing.

To learn more about how to balance Pitta dosha, take a look at our Ayurvedic Nutrition Guide for Pitta dosha.

Opening Sequence

Start standing and bring your hands to your heart. Create a state of calm in your body by connecting the soles of your feet to the ground and breathe upwards to the center of your chest. May you choose to be present at this moment by focusing your mind on the steady wave and rhythm of your breath. May you embrace water as a current that’s running through your body or a waterfall; may you become or be within the body of water.

Wave 1

Tadasana (mountain pose)

Hasta Uttanasana (hands to sky)

Uttanasana (forward fold)

Anjaneyasana (low lunge) with a wide-armed twist

Anahatasana (heart pose)

Bharmanasana (tabletop) with cat cows

Adho Mukha Śvānāsana (downward dog)

Utthita Ashwa Sanchalanasana (runners lunge) with cat cows

Uttanasana (forward fold)

Hasta Uttanasana (hands to sky)

Tadasana (mountain pose)

Repeat on the other side

Wave 2

Utkatasana (chair pose)

Uttanasana (forward fold)

Anjaneyasana (crescent lunge pose)

Adho Mukha Śvānāsana (downward dog)

Phalakasana (plank pose)

Chaturanga

Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (upward dog or cobra pose)

Adho Mukha Śvānāsana (downward dog)

Tri Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana (3-legged dog)

Virabhadrasana II (warrior 2)

Dancing warriors

  • Viparita Virabhadrasana (peaceful warrior)
  • Parivrtta Parsvakonasana (modified side angle pose)

Prasarita Padottanasana (wide-legged forward fold) with a twist

Parivrtta Utthita Ashwa Sanchalanasana (revolved lunge pose) with wide arms

Uttanasana (forward fold)

Utkatasana (chair pose)

Tadasana (mountain pose)

Repeat on the other side

Wave 3

Tadasana (mountain pose)

Utkatasana (chair pose)

Uttanasana (forward fold)

Phalakasana (plank pose)

Chaturanga

Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (upward dog or cobra pose)

Adho Mukha Śvānāsana (downward dog)

Virabhadrasana II (warrior 2)

Viparita Virabhadrasana (peaceful warrior)

Utthita Trikonasana (triangle pose) with a neck release

Parivrtta Utthita Ashwa Sanchalanasana (revolved lunge pose) with prayer hands

Ardha hanumanasana (half splits)

Phalakasana (plank pose)

Repeat on the other side

Cooling Sequence 

Virasana (hero’s pose) OR Utthan Pristhasana (lizard pose) if you have knee issues

Matsyasana (fish pose) supported with a block between the shoulder blades

Supta baddha konasana (reclined bound angle pose)

Neck release with the block at the back of the neck by the occipital ridge

  • Come to lay flat on your back
  • Take the block on the second height and place it at the occipital ridge
  • Rock your head gently from side to side or find a spot and breath

Savasana.

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