This week we are going to explore Pitta which is the summer season. When you think of summer, what do you think of? Summer usually brings to mind heat, sun, salt and maybe the beach. When we are feeling hot we may get irritable, have heartburn, or have trouble sleeping. Can you think of people, or perhaps you, that shares some of these characteristics during summer?
Some suggestions to keep Pitta from taking control are to avoid excessive heat, eat cool foods, such as cucumbers and dairy. Sweet foods such as grapes and honey will help and bitter foods such as asparagus help these “side-affects” of summer. Remember to slow down and balance rest and activity. Drink cool (not iced) drinks as well.
Perhaps as you were reading last week’s and this week’s articles you were thinking “hey, that describes me” or “no, wait, that doesn’t describes me at all.” Don’t worry, you’re not going crazy! It is possible for a day, a season or a person to have more than one set or doshas or characteristics. You can be dual-doshic or even tri-doshic. Using a fall day as an example, the day can start out cool and dry, but then turn to hot and back to cool. This is an example of a Vata, Pitta, Vata day which is something we are experiencing right now in the month of September. It’s a change of season.
The best general advice I can give is to take care of yourself based upon the seasons or if you know you are feeling during a particular season. For example, say you feel hot in the winter, follow the guidelines for Pitta until you feel more balanced and follow the general guidelines for that season.
Want to learn more about the changing seasons and how to balance your body? You can also schedule an individual appointment with me, Cindy! I can help you create a personalized plan tp balance your body during all the change of seasons.