According to Ayurveda, the age-old sister health science to Yoga, the hot, dry days of summer are associated with Pitta dosha. Pitta partly consists of the fire element, and it’s subtle energy can leave us physically and mentally overheated.
In the South Okanagan we sure embody the stereotypical summer: incessant heat, busy streets, frequent social gatherings, and of course the constant threat of smoky skies. As we sink into these long summer days you may find yourself becoming more irritable, impatient and bothered and/or experience more inflammation in the body. Fortunately, with a little bit of awareness, you can balance Pitta’s fiery influence.
Nourish yourself with fresh salads, slightly bitter veggies and sweet seasonal fruit. Stay hydrated with room temperature drinks (try adding a bit of fennel or mint). Enjoy activities that keep you calmer and cooler, like long morning walks. Stay playful and surround yourself with good company. A daily practice of gentle yoga, meditation, and long slow breathing also balances the intensity of this season.
Above all, let’s stay grateful this summer. We are blessed to enjoy this beautiful sky, land and water, here in the territory of the Sylix people.
“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you
kneel to say your nightly prayer.”
See you on the mat!