The weather has been wonderful, with June 21 upon us it’s one of my favorite times of the year! Aww Summer 2017 – I can’t believe we are approaching the 7th month of this year. School is out, final exams are over, vacations are on the horizon, it’s definitely time for beaches, barbecues, boating, bikinis summer fun… hooray!!!!!
It also marks the summer solstice, which brings us those long lazy days. Summer solstice occurs twice a year, once in the summer and once in the winter. June 21 the summer solstice occurs, this is the longest day of the year, with the most hours of sunlight. The summer solstice is often associated with change, nature and new beginnings… its celebrated with feasts, bonfires, picnics, as the first day of summer fun.
In Ayurveda, it is the beginning of pitta season… whether you’re a pitta dosha or not here are some of my tips for approaching the summer season. As we begin each season I always remind you to slowly transition with our diet, sleep, and routines. Summer is kind of easy…..
For those of you who maybe new, let’s do a quick review of the doshas. The doshas are constitutions based on Ayurveda medicine, which began 5,000 years ago in India. Basically, the universe is made up of 5 elements, ether, air, fire, water, & earth. We all as humans are equally made up of these elements, however some of us are more, earthy, some more firery, some more airy. If you don’t know your dosha type please refer to my Ayurveda page where you can take the dosha quiz. The three doshas are called vata pitta, and kapha. Vata is air and ether (space). Pitta is fire and water and kapha is earth and water. Summer is pitta season, as each dosha is associated with a season.
This summer each week I will go into more about the pitta dosha; characteristics, personality, routines of keeping all our doshas in balance. Here is what pitta’s should avoid:
In summer, we want to favor cooling, distressing foods, as well as, activities. Reduce pungent which is spicy and oily, salty and sour tastes as they increase pitta. Choose bitter, sweet, and astringent tastes that are cool. Examples are apples, plums, mango, melons, and oranges. Examples of sweet and bitter vegetables are, asparagus, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumber, zucchini, kale and celery. I hope this was helpful, each week this summer we will be doing Ayurveda lessons and connecting our mind body spirit. Remember food is medicine, when we know what are body needs and stay in the balance with rhythms of nature we are in harmony. Here’s to an amazing Summer 2017!
HAPPY SUMMER SOLSTICE!