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    January 04, 2022 2 min read

    Summer Solstice
    It is the time of the summer solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. The longest day of the year, as we enter the season of Grishma, summer.

    Summer has qualities of being hot, dry and sharp in nature. This can be aggravating for the Pitta dosha. Therefore, sweet, cold, liquid and fatty foods and drinks can be beneficial for consumption.

    Most people, especially those prone to Pitta imbalances, should avoid or minimise excessive exercise, alcohol, and foods that are salty, sour and pungent, or hot in nature during the high summer heat.

    Tips to Stay Balanced this Summer.

      • Take time out of the busy season to rest and rejuvenate as we move into the new year.

      • Stay Hydrated. Coconut water, diluted fruit juices, seasonal sweet and juicy fruits such as grapes and mango help to keep the body hydrated. Check out our recent posts about coconut and juices from an Ayurvedic perspective.

      • Foods - cooling and nourishing foods to balance both Pitta and Vata. Basmati rice, coriander, cucumber, celery, basil to name a few.

      • Celebrate the sun: welcome the sunrise facing east while performing your spiritual practices such as meditation, yoga, pranayama and chanting.

    If you find that you are easily irritable and angry during the summer season, try balancing emotions with Shitali pranayama. Not only is this practice great for relieving anger, it helps to reduce excess heat and blood pressure.

    To perform sit with your back straight, cross-legged on a cushion. Have your palms facing up on your knees. Take three deep breaths. Form a tube with your tongue, have the tip sticking out of the mouth. Alternatively you can curl your tongue and place the tip on the roof of your mouth. Inhale through your mouth, relax the tongue and exhale slowly through the nose. Repeat for a few minutes or as directed by your Ayurvedic practitioner.

    If you would like to speak with a practitioner directly you are welcome to book in for a consultaiton. Bookings available via our website.

    Wishing you a healthy start to the summer season!

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