Greetings and namaste!
Summer is just around the corner, and I'm sure many of us are already feeling the effects of Nature's shift to pitta season! "Pitta" is the Ayurvedic Dosha comprising the elements fire and water, and it's hot, sharp, oily, light, consuming and transforming. If you consider how that translates to inside the body, we're talking about the power of digestion; the ability of our digestive fire to transform food into energy through metabolism, and our ability to take in and "digest" ideas, knowledge and sensory information from our 5 senses. If you consider how that translates to Nature, it's the long, hot summer days, the prolific bounty of our gardens, the sweat-glistening skin of the people around you, and the desire for adventure.
Thursday, June 21st marks the official start of summertime fun with the Summer Solstice, which is the longest day of the year, and the Sun’s power is in full force. The summer solstice also clearly marks the beginning of the pitta season. When balanced, pitta dosha is energizing, exhilarating, flowing and vibrant, and its fire can be a powerful catalyst to strengthen our self-commitment, transform our personal growth, and illuminate the path toward our life goals and intentions. Many of us easily respond to pitta’s radiant energy by feeling more active, outgoing and social during the summer. By tapping into summer’s natural pitta dosha and understanding how to keep it balanced throughout the hot summer months, we can prevent the fatigued, burnt-out “dog days” of summer feeling; and stay determined, productive and accomplished until we are ready to transition to the colder and more introspective vata season of autumn and early winter.
An easy way to stay cool and healthy this summer season is to stay hydrated! One of my favorite pitta-calming beverages is water infused with fresh cucumber slices, mint springs and rose petals. It's best to sip water slowly throughout the day and to drink room temperature water as to not disturb your internal digestive fire and cool you down too much.
Another great pitta-calming activity is to go swimming! Here in Tennessee we are blessed with an abundance of gentle and accessible creeks, streams, rivers, lakes and waterfalls to swim, kayak and canoe all season long. Take advantage of Percy Priest lake and maybe try a SUP yoga class this summer!
Coming up at the very end of June I will be performing creative asana movement at the art event "Poetry In Motion Live"! I'm grateful to be a part of this beautifully curated night of movement, art, music and spoken word founded by local yogi and artist Renee Watkins!