10 Ways to Soothe Summers Pitta Energy

10 Ways to Soothe Summers Pitta Energy

Summer is Pitta season: hot, fiery, with feistiness on the rise!

Pitta is the second of the three doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha)

When in balance, Pitta is passionate and charismatic. Characteristics: focused, energetic, driven, and organized.

Elements: fire and water. Governs: metabolism, digestion, and the production of energy.

Pitta goes out of balance when:

  • you get overheated
  • you are angry
  • you’re working too hard
  • your diet is comprised of many sour foods

Here are some tips to beat that Summer Pitta Heat:

  1. Take a cool shower, hit the pool, run through the sprinkler, or bust out the Slip n’ Slide. You can also freeze your bra (or undies/boxers) slumber party style — this is a relatively short-lived cooling mechanism, but it works!
  2. Drink lots and lots of water. It’ll feel extra refreshing (and spa-like) if you throw in cucumber slices, a lemon or orange wedge, mint, or cherries.
  3. Eat fresh, juicy, ripe, sweet fruits. Watermelon is summery heaven! You can’t eat it and not smile or feel like a kid again. 😀
  4. Take a slow, leisurely walk in the moonlight.
  5. Avoid spicy and sour foods and caffeinated drinks.
  6. Splash your face and neck with rose water or rub rose oil (i use this one from Weleda) on your pulse points. Rose is calming and cooling.
  7. Practice Sitali Pranayam, an incredibly cooling, relaxing breath exercise. Your head and heart will feel light and your body will feel so very cool.
  8. Cater your exercise to the season — practice during the coolest parts of the day.
  9. Wear light, cool colors: white, lavender, sky blue, baby pink, soft yellow, and other pastels.
  10. Listen to waterfall, babbling brook, rain, or running water tracks. It’s like letting your brain take a dip in the ocean. 🙂
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