In Ayurveda, summer season is Pitta. Pitta embodies constitutional elements of fire and water and the characteristics of being hot, sharp, penetrating, spreading, oily, and light. According to the deep traditions of Ayurveda and the constituents of nature, “like increases like.”
As the days start to heat up, accommodate for the longer, brighter, warmer, sunnier summer days with these cooling, centering suggestions….
Favor foods that are naturally sweet, bitter, and astringent. Melon, berries, dates, figs, avocados, artichokes, asparagus, leafy greens, kale, celery, peas, and broccoli are a few examples.
Avoid hot and spicy foods.
Use alcohol and caffeine in moderation.
Try self-oiling (abhyanga) with coconut oil or olive oil.
Exercise early morning or evening to avoid the hot midday sun. Favor refreshing activities like gentle yoga, swimming, walking, running, or biking in nature.
Observe your emotions and addictions. How long does the afterglow of your yoga practice last? What are you craving mentally, emotionally, or physically? Are you noticing that anger, frustration, judgement, or critical thoughts arise? Enjoy summer’s emotions by encouraging joy, peace, patience, tolerance, love, and harmony.
If you have questions about dietary, lifestyle, and herbal treatment strategies and how Ayurveda can support you this summer, or if you want to learn more about your personal constitution, please call me at Sole Balance Ayurveda LLC, 970.846.9699.
By Becky Obray