I acknowledge that life continues to be pretty crazy for all of us. Despite all that is challenging and intense, I hope you are treating yourself to some time outside. Nature's healing energy is good for all of us. With this in mind, I offer you some seasonal wellness tips from Ayurveda.
A fundamental principle of Ayurveda is that our habits, routines, and dietary choices should align with the seasons. Ayurveda views the physical body, 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 made of fire and a little water, which is why summer is considered a pitta season. (If you want learn more about the Ayurvedic three dosha theory, go here). Even though some climates are also humid this time of year, the cumulative effect of intense heat is to dry things out, so summer is also considered dry. On a more subtle level, summer is a time of expansion and mobility and so it’s a great time for being outdoors and stepping outdoors.
While there is plenty to enjoy in summer including warm weather, it’s possible to have too much of a good thing. When there is to much heat, there is 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 can be extremely helpful when considering your diet and activities in each season.
Stay Cool, Calm and Hydrated.
Summer Food tips:
Lifestyle Tips for Summer
Learn more about Ayurveda and the three doshas here.
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