The three Ayurvedic Seasons, Vata, Pitta and Kapha, change each other in everlasting cycle. In India there are six seasons; we here have only four, and they can be divided between the three doshas as following:
Vata: Fall and early winter or whenever it is cold, windy and dry.
Pitta: Late spring and summer or when it is hot.
Kapha: Late winter through early spring or when it is cold and wet.
Pitta (fiery) season is obviously ruling now. Even if you live in place with moderate summer temperature the increase of sun light during the day makes the Pitta dosha inevitable influence our mind and body.
Pitta consists of fire and water, and it is quite a task to balance these two antagonistic elements. At the onset of Pitta season both elements are present. In the beginning the fire of spring starts melting the cold of winter, and streams of water rush to do Pitta’s job transforming everything. As Pitta season matures, the increasing fire evaporates the water, and only heat remains. At the end the heat settles down giving place to the cool windy Vata season.
Similar changes occur in our mind and body. The beginning of the season warms us up while feelings and expectations overflow us like spring streams. When summer heat eats up the watery stability, fiery emotions like anger and irritability increase. Pitta energy boosts our metabolism, digestion, and the ability of the mind and intellect to process information.
If Pitta is not controlled, increased heat in the environment causes both internal and external burning and inflammation, as well as heated emotions.
Balancing Pitta :
Avoid excessive heat
Avoid excessive oil
Avoid excessive steam
Avoid sour and fermented food (See Food list for Pitta)
Limit salt intake
Eat cooling, not spicy food
Drink cool (but not iced) drinks
Exercise during the cooler part of the day (see Yoga asanas for Pitta)
Massage. Massage is one of the most effective ways to cool and soothe the body, mind and emotions. Since the skin is an organ of digestion, Pitta’s imbalances often reside in it. A regular cooling massage can work wonders to alleviate excess heat. Abhyanga with coconut oil will make you feel special even on very hot days (See Abhyanga – the daily oliation).
Meditation. Pitta is the power of transformation. If you want to change anything in your life, now is the time to do it. All energies, both outside of you and within you, are capable of great transformation. (See Meditation for Pitta; How to meditate; Yoga Nidra).
TODAY’S TIP: Fried food, spicy food, orange juice, wine, beer and soft drinks are heating and thus Pitta aggravating. They should be avoided in hot seasons.