In the Pacific Northwest we need to take full advantage of the summer! We crave the sun after months and months of overcast skies and rain. It's a beautiful place to be and we tend to pack our summers full of activities. While I would never want to deny somebody a fun-packed summer, we need to be careful. Pitta Dosha can easily be aggravated in the summer, and if we aren't careful we can overdo it.
In the ancient healing practice of Ayurveda there are three doshas, or constitutions, which make up our unique personalities and govern seasons, climate, age, and many other things. Pitta Dosha is composed of fire and water and dominates summer. When it is out of balance we can feel overheated, angry, critical and burned out. We might get rashes, acne, or redness and even feel inflamed.
How do we go about enjoying the rare sun while still remaining balanced?
Each dosha is made up of two elements, and those elements all have different qualities associated with them. For example: water is moist, fire is hot, and earth is cool. Pitta is made of mostly fire and a little water, so we want to focus on physically and mentally pacifying those qualities. We want to avoid long periods out in the direct sun, spicy and oily foods, and pushing ourselves too hard during summer activities. We want to consume cool & fresh foods, take time to recover and relax between activities, and balance our time in the sun with some time walking in the moonlight.
Ayurveda is all about maintaining our unique balance and finding good health through food, routine, and mindfulness. As long as we are aware of how we are feeling, we can maintain or change what we are doing to stay balanced. So enjoy the sun and the fun, but make sure to relax under a shady tree and keep some coconut water handy, too!
What do you do to find stillness and coolness in the summer? Do you ever feel like you have a Pitta imbalance?