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Self-Care Practices to Cool and Calm During Pitta Season

Pitta time of year is ruled by hot, light, liquid and sharp qualities. If pitta is your primary dosha or you're dealing with a pitta imbalance, summer can intensify these qualities in you. Learn summer self-care practices to cool, calm and soothe.

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Is pitta your primary dosha? If so, you likely gravitate toward exercising in 90-degree heat in the summer sun, eating spicy foods and working late into the evening. The hot, light, liquid and sharp qualities reign this time of year. These qualities impact us all, no matter our dosha, and are magnified if pitta is already in excess.

Every season of the year is associated with a dosha. We are connected to the seasons and take on their attributes.

People with excess pitta can be balanced in spring and become out of balance in the summer heat. This is because like attracts like.

Pitta is made up of the elements fire and water. What do you get when you add heat to water? Steam.

You can manage the excess heat, sharpness and intensity that comes with this season through your daily routines. Because the summer heat can increase pitta qualities, focus on self-care practices that cool, calm and soothe.

To help balance pitta in summer, try cooling, calming self-care practices, such as:

  • Coconut oil (cooling) for Abhyanga (self-massage with oil).

  • Working at a mindful pace, at only 50% to 70% of your capacity, allowing time for rest throughout the day

  • A yoga practice that incorporates moon salutations, Cat/Cow, twists and side-body openers, such as Trikonasana (Triangle Pose) to release heat

  • Cooling breath work, such as Sitali Pranayama (Cooling Breath)

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