Let’s say you’re running out of an air conditioned car to an air conditioned restaurant, eating a spicy meal, and then going back into 90 degrees heat, and then going back into an air conditioned building. Sound familiar? Not great for our physical, mental or spiritual health.
Don’t let your eyes glaze over. Here’s a quick paragraph about Ayurveda:
Ayurveda is the holistic medicine sister-science of Yoga. Ayurveda teaches that we are all made up of the 5 elements present in nature: air, water, earth, fire and ether. Kava believes Ayurveda and Yoga need to work hand in hand. We cannot do yoga, or live our lives, for that matter, without recognizing our connection to the seasons, the outside temperature, the food we eat, the company we keep, the exercise we do, etc. Regulating the body to the reality of the season by cooling down from the INSIDE is what Ayurveda is about.
Adjust to nature. Don’t fight it.
So we all have some level of fire in our physical and emotional constitution. So when it’s 90 degrees outside, should we add FIRE to the FIRE we already have, while the temperatures bring more FIRE, eat more FIRE and keep accumulating MORE FIRE? At Kava, we say NO.
An accumulation of fire in the body, mind and spirit will cause an IMBALANCE of heat, causing physical, mental and emotional symptoms that basically resemble burning yourself up. Biting people’s heads off for no good reason, heart burn, skin conditions (think acne & excema) and mental frustration are common symptoms of too much FIRE.
Are you complaining about the heat while you’re eating jalapenos?
At Kava we adjust our classes to flow in a cooling and calming style. We use postures that Ayurveda says create a “cooling off” effect in the body and mind. We remind you to rest and drink your water. Drink iced water. Eat cooling foods such as watermelon, avocados, cilantro, coconut water, cucumbers. Avoid heat producing foods such as peppers, onions and garlic. Hey – we like these things too! But it’s summer. Try taking the heat down a notch!
Yes, sometimes a little air conditioning is needed. But for a truly natural, nourishing and calming tonic for the whole body, cool yourself down from the INSIDE.