Summer is here! What a joy it is to witness the trees and flowers unfolding and to enjoy lighter, longer and warmer days. Summer is a time of increased fire and heat and it’s important to keep cool during your yoga practice. Avoid practicing yoga at midday, this is when the sun is at its hottest and according to Ayurveda, our Pitta digestive fire is at its strongest and can cause an imbalance. Think about a practice that is calming, nourishing and cooling, and a diet that is pitta pacifying. There are many ways to keep your pitta balanced, you can practice slower pranayama (breathing techniques) before your practice such as Nadi Shodana (alternate nostril breathing) or Sitali pranayama – both are cooling and calming. There are also certain yoga poses which will help release the excess heat too.