A fundamental principle of Ayurveda is that our habits, routines, and dietary choices should align with the seasons. Ayurveda views our physical bodies, along with everything in the Universe, as being made up of the five primary elements; earth, water, fire, air, and ether or empty space. These elements are expressed in the physical body as qualities of stability/support (earth), feeling/fluidity (water), heat and metabolism (fire), respiration and circulation (air), and space and lightness (ether).
Characteristics of Summer:
The characteristics of summer are heat, long days of bright sun, and sharp intensity. These are all attributes of pitta dosha, which is why summer is considered a pitta season.
While the summer weather is welcome after a long cool, wet season, it can be too much of a good thing. When the fire and water element are out of balance, it creates an excess of the pitta dosha. To help create balance, consider one of the classic Ayurvedic sutras that says, “like increases like and opposites balance.” This wisdom is extremely helpful when considering your physical activities in the summer.
Summer often motivates us to up our game with physical fitness, especially in the Pacific Northwest where we experience many rainy months and are waiting for summer! The summer months to be active provided you exercise at appropriate times and at an appropriate intensity.
Here are some tips for enjoying yoga and other forms of exercise in the summer while not getting overheated.
Check out the audio practice below:
ALL LEVEL PITTA REDUCING YOGA PRACTICE - 24 MINUTES
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Annie Barrett. Educator, certified health coach yoga instructor.