Seasons of Ayurveda
It is important to match our lifestyle rhythms to those of the seasons and the geography around us. Just like a person, the environment and seasons are characterized by the three doshas, pitta, vata, kapha, (qualities in Ayurveda) each of which is more active and influential at different times of the year.
Cooking & Eating
In terms of eating, while the supermarket can provide all foods year round, it is wise to eat warming foods in winter and cooling fruits/vegetables in summertime. Eating locally not only supports your local growers but will keep you in sync with the seasons and more in balance.
Exercise and Activity
You might want to change your exercise routine and practice less intense routines during the summer months. If you are a yoga practitioner, perhaps try a Bikram or Hot Yoga routine in the cold, winter months and more of a restorative, yin yoga in the summer. In the hotter months, choose exercise which will not cause you to overheat. If practicing yoga, do minimize inverted postures such as headstands. Modify intelligently for the Spring and Fall as you make the transitions from winter into spring and then into summer and fall.
End of Summer
We are entering the end of the pitta season which runs from summer into early fall. This is the time when the sun is strongest overhead and the fire element is at peak influence. Eat colder, sweeter foods and cool drinks. Avoid hot, spicy foods and excess alcohol, as these create inflammation. The days are long now, so get plenty of rest and, if possible, take short naps.
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