I am someone with a lot of pitta (heat). When unbalanced, this Ayurvedic dosha manifests as too much of a competitive edge, feeling too busy, overly tidy, and anxious. These fiery qualities tend to be exacerbated on the hot beaches of Costa Rica, where I have been living for the past few months.
To stay cool and balanced, I have found a beautiful relationship with Kilaka Hasta Mudra. This hand gesture is not only really beautiful but also a little bit harder to accomplish, which attracts my more pitta (re: achievement oriented) nature.
The following practice cools the excess fires of pitta dosha.
1. As you rise up from Uttanasana (forward fold) into Urdhva Hastasana (standing with arms raised above my head), bring your upraised palms together in Archaka Hasta Mudra. This hand gesture is an elemental balancing mudra. The tips of all 5 fingers touch, representing a balancing of fire (thumb), wind (index), space (middle), earth (ring), and water (pinkie).
2. Extend brightly thru your fingers and palms and evenly root through both feet.
3. Slowly begin to lower your palms down the center line of your body while transitioning toward the Kilaka mudra. As you pinch your index and middle fingers to your thumbs, allow those "beaks" to touch. (In my practice, this feels like a coalescing of the balanced elemental energy cultivated in Archaka mudra into a point in front of my heart).
4. Brightly extend your ring and pinkie fingers as the mudra arrives at your heart center.
5. Bring your left wrist in front of your right and then lean your left pinkie finger back and your right pinkie finger slightly forward to connect, thus making the full Kilaka Hasta Mudra.
When I practice this mudra, a cool breeze seems to blow across the back of my heart and around the front, up my throat. I feel the heat of my practice dissipate and my body temperature cool down! My awareness softens as does my gaze. I find a very distinctive sense of equanimity and serenity.
Practice these mudras as you move through Surya Namaskar (sun salutations), continuing to find both Archaka and Kilaka mudras at each Tadasana (standing in mountain pose).
May this serve your practice!
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