After the solstice marked the start of a new season, we opened to the second half of our journey around the sun by tuning into Summer.
The seasons are evidence that the earth is alive. They are like a mirror of the natural periods of warming and cooling that results from our changing position from the sun.
In Ayurveda big part of our health is based on our conscious alignment with the seasonal rhythms. Each season has a dominant dosha and its qualities create different effects on our body and mind.
Summer’s rising energy is all about the elements of fire and water, manifested in the transformative nature of the fiery energy of Pitta Dosha.
Pitta Dosha is radiant solar power, hot and sharp. And at this time of the year, its qualities are those we should focus to keep in balance.
Basics for balance Pitta dosha
Through our diet and lifestyle, we can channel and balance the fiery energy of this season. Pitta dosha can easily be overstimulated with an excess of fire created by hot weather, a lot of physical activities and spicy foods. We balance it with the opposite qualities that cool the fire.
As nature has a new rhythm, we also adjust and support our rhythm:
- Pitta dosha energy is activity and action. Take time to slow down, enjoy life outdoors, breath fresh air, take a walk under the moonlight absorbing its watery and cooling energy.
- Avoid direct sunlight and overstimulation activities during the Pitta time, between 10 am and 2 pm.
- The mind reflects the fiery energy, so we balance it staying relaxed, calm, cool and tending emotions like irritation or impatience.
- Pay attention to your skincare asking for calming and soothing qualities. A rosewater mist is a wonderful refresher for the face and body.
- Abhyanga (self- massage) using pitta oils like coconut or sunflower, is a great help to move things through the body once Pitta creates inflammation and overactivity of the metabolic process and secretions.
We need to stay cool and release internal heat, this is our body focus and what we eat is key. Some simple suggestions:
- Eat plenty of salad greens such as lettuce, arugula, radicchio, basil, and endive.
- Include cool drinks such as coconut water, natural fruit juices without added sugar or mint tea.
- Choose raw foods that are naturally light. Cucumbers, mangoes, berries and also salads are great choices.
- Increase sweet, bitter, and astringent tastes and reduce sour, salty and pungent tastes.
- Sip on warm water or herbal water to maintain and regulate body temperature.
Each season according to its main dosha has qualities and foods that are better to favor or avoid. For this reason, this season is dedicated to exploring deeper Pitta dosha. In the next blog post, you will be able to know how to balance it through food. Don’t miss it.