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 warm summer weather is appealing for most of us, too much heat creates imbalance. When the fire element becomes too intense, it creates an excess of the pitta dosha. To move toward balance, Ayurveda reminds us that “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 have many rainy months and live for summer! The summer months are meant to be active provided you exercise at appropriate times and at an appropriate intensity.
Yoga tips for August:
Enjoy out the audio yoga practice below:
ALL LEVEL PITTA REDUCING YOGA PRACTICE - 24 MINUTES
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Annie Barrett. Educator, certified health coach, educator and yoga instructor.