Put out the fire!!! Tips to reduce pitta/fire/heat

Put out the fire!!!  I wanted to share with you some tips to reduce pitta/fire/heat during this summer season.

In Ayurveda, the Science of Living, dated back 5000 years or so ago in India, there are 3 Doshas based off of the 5 elements.  Doshas are constitutions and they include; fire (pitta), air (vatta), and earth (kapha). 

This can relate to the foods/drinks we put in our bodies, the energies we surround ourselves with like; TV, music, people, environment, the quarterly seasons, and aging to name a few.

We are all tri-doshic meaning we contain all 3 elements to some degree, but most of use have a more dominant one or multiple dominant ones.

We are in the season of fire (pitta) summer.  Mars is also in Aries for many months, which equates to more fire, so it's important to tame the beast to reduce anger, resentment, war, and over reacting.

Tips to reduce pitta (fire):

1Include foods that taste: bitter, sweet, and astringent
  • Cucumbers
  • Watermelon
  • Cilantro
  • Greens
  • Raw vegetables may be more tolerated during this time
  • Salads
2Avoid/limit foods that are oily, hot, spicy, fried and salty
  • Peppers
  • Fried foods
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Processed foods
  • Refined oils
  • Processed meats
3Ground the body
  • Meditate
  • Walk barefoot outdoors
  • Lay in the shade in cool grass
  • Breath through the mouth
  • Epsom salt baths
  • Cool/Cold water to complete your shower
  • Drink lots of water 
  • Electrolytes; sea salt and lemon in water
4.  Rest more to avoid burnout
  • Get plenty of sleep 
  • Take naps
  • Pace yourself
  • Take meditation breaks
  • Do legs up the wall or a shoulder stand variation
...Life is an interplay between inner and outer.
The inner is what you are. It is your pure awareness. The outer is the projection
of your accumulated experiences.
Your individual consciousness is but a reflection
of universal consciousness.
Through the mirror of buddhi, the intellect,
universal consciousness is reflected
as individual consciousness.
Excerpted from “Reflections in a Mirror” -Vasant Lad

At Habit, we offer nutrition in Durango based on bio individuality, which is in line with the Ayurvedic way.  Eat to your dosha (constitution) or based on the seasons.  We have many different affordable nutrition services to choose from.  

We also offer yoga in Durango with the Ayurvedic seasons in mind and teach to the level of students in the class.  We have rooftop deck yoga classes, park yoga classes, SUP yoga, and sweaty yoga in the studio.   We believe there is yoga and nutrition for everybody.  Check out the options here:  www.wellnessliving.com/habit/durango or www.habitdurango.com


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