A good indication that you’re being directed by your ego is when you feel stubborn or that you have to justify, explain or defend. Direction from purusha, or the God of your heart, is gentle, less insistent and more loving. It is quieter than the loud voice of the ego, so often requires a shift in perspective to hear. Sometimes the simple act of changing our physical perspective can bring about this shift in the mind. This is the wisdom of inversions.
An inversion to cool pitta
Try incorporating salambha sarvangasana in your asana practice this summer, or any time throughout the year when pitta seems high, to cool down and tune in to the soft voice of your truth. Practice it where you would any other inversion or at the end of your practice.
Salambha sarvangasana from the ground up
Here's another view of the hand position in step 3:
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5. To come out of the pose, lower your feet over your head. Keep your hands pressing into the mat as you slowly roll your spine down. Once your back is on the mat and your feet are over your hips, keep your legs straight and lower them to the floor.