FIVE ANCHORS FOR THE
In summer, when your gaze dissolves in the
endlessly clear sky, penetrate this light that
is the essence of your own mind. —Vijnana
> Balance the excess fire that over-stimulates
the pitta dosha by staying relaxed, calm,
and cool, and tending fiery emotions like
impatience and irritation.
> Shift your rhythm from manifestation to
celebration. Take time to slow down; enjoy
life outdoors, but avoid activities that are
overly exerting between 11am and 3pm. Stay
cool and indoors or in the shade during
these hours of peak sunlight.
> Enjoy sleeping outside to breathe the fresh
air and absorb moonlight, or stay up moon
bathing: Sit outside under the moonlight
and absorb the watery, cooling nectar from
> Focus Summer body care on cooling the
skin with calming and soothing practices
(see Body Rhythm).
> Eat and drink to balance the pitta dosha
enjoying cooling fruits and vegetables in
season (see Food Rhythm) and sipping on
warm water or herbal water—to maintain
and regulate body temperature.
Due to the strong properties of the Sun and
the body’s need to stay cool and release internal heat, our inner fire, agni, is pulled to the
extremities to keep the body cool; therefore
digestive agni is compromised, weakening our
digestive capacity. That is why in the Summer
we are often less hungry and want to eat less.
So it is recommended in Ayurveda to eat lighter and smaller meals during this time of year.
Suggestions to balance pitta include:
> Drink a brew of cumin, coriander, fennel,
and rose or mint tea to pacify the heat, improve digestion, and calm the mind.
> Increase sweet, bitter, and astringent foods
that are light in nature; eat plenty of bitter
salad greens such as lettuce, arugula, radic-chio, basil, and endive.
> Favor: coconut water, watermelon, cilantro
leafy greens, okra, zucchini, asparagus, olive
oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil, ghee, cucumber, soaked/peeled almonds, kale, broccoli,
pomegranate, apples, cranberry, mint, dill,
fennel, cardamom, coriander, and saffron.
> Include cool drinks and raw foods in your
diet, such as cucumber, mango, and coconut water; natural fruit juices, mint teas,
and raw berries are also good choices.
> Reduce sour, salty, and pungent tastes. >>
AYURVEDA // SUMMER RITAM
Take time to slow
down; enjoy life
outdoors, but avoid
are overly exerting