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Ayurveda for Your Period: Pitta Dosha

In my last post, we looked at the Ayurvedic perspective on the menstrual cycle and what can happen to it when too much vata dosha—or wind and space elements—build up in your body.

In this post, we’ll explore the effects of excess pitta dosha—or water and fire.

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Easing Transitions: Recommendations for Fall

What Happens When Fall Comes? As the air begins to cool and the wind picks up, there is no denying that the days are getting shorter and fall is well on its way.

The qualities of cool, dry, mobile and rough are starting to creep in to the world all around us. Autumn is the season governed by the energy of Vata dosha. As summer stretches into its last days, it is a good idea to prepare for the transition to fall.

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Summer Health: Stay Juicy!

In the beginning of the summer, most of us feel pretty great. It may seem strange to even think about “summer health.”

but…

As we slip into the heat and long days of the summer, the influence of the sun on our bodies and nature around us becomes more and more obvious. Summer solstice (June 21) marks the center of the half of the year that is  governed by the sun and by fire element (the other half of the year is ruled by the energies of the moon and of water element).

In the summer…we want to increase our exposure to cool, moist, smooth, soft and non-oily foods, situations and emotions.
For those of us with the spark of a fiery (pitta) constitution, or with a Pitta imbalance, in the summer it is vital to pay more attention to staying cool, calm and collected. But at this time of year that  becomes important for all of us.  The hot, penetrating, intense and bright qualities of the summer sun increase those same qualities inherent in Pitta dosha. Over time, especially if the weather turns dry and windy, these conditions also disturb Vata dosha.

What does increased Pitta or Vata look like?

When Vata and Pitta increase, we heat up and dry out. We get less and less juicy. And our juiciness is our claim to life.

Excess Pitta can manifest as:

  • Irritability—of the mind, digestive system or skin
  • Anger, frustration or impatience
  • Excess body heat
  • Heartburn
  • Acne
  • Skin rashes
  • Diarrhea
  • Intense body odor
  • Headache
  • Ulcers

 Excess Vata shows up as:

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Gas and bloating
  • Constipation
  • Dehydration
  • Exhaustion
  • Emaciation
  • Irregular digestion

What can we do?

Ayurveda recommends that we change our lifestyle and diet habits with the seasonal changes in the environment to help lessen the effects of the weather on our body.

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