Tips to Stay Cool and Balanced

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While the sweet spot of the universe – the Chopra Center’s home in Carlsbad, California – is just emerging from a spell of unseasonably cool, mild days, much of the U.S. and Northern Hemisphere is in the midst of a full-blown Pitta season, with sunny days and intense heat that increase Pitta dosha in the body, mind, and emotions. In Ayurveda, Pitta is the mind-body principle of fire and water.

If you accumulate too much of this fiery dosha, you are likely to experience irritability, impatience, jealousy, skin rashes, acne, heartburn, hemorrhoids, or digestive problems. All mind-body types are vulnerable to Pitta imbalances in the summer, but if Pitta is your predominant dosha, it is particularly important to follow a balancing routine to maintain your naturally sweet, joyous, and radiant nature.

To keep Pitta in balance in your physiology, make choices that are cooling, sweet, and stabilizing:

  • Follow a regular daily routine.; be careful not to create unnecessary time pressures.
  • Favor foods that contain sweet, bitter, or astringent tastes. Learn more about the six tastes of Ayurveda here.
  • Include many cooling foods in your diet, such as cucumbers, sweet fruits, and melons.
  • Favor cooler colors in your clothing and environment, such as blue, green, and silver.
  • Give yourself a daily self-massage using cooling oils such as coconut or olive. Find directions for a self-massage here.
  • Choose aromas that are cooling and sweet, such as sandlewood, rose, jasmine, fennel, mint, and lavender. Sprinkle a few drops of one of these oils in a cool bath or on your sheets before you go to sleep.

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More about the Doshas
Ayurveda teaches that our existence extends beyond the boundaries of our skin. Our personal body is constantly exchanging energy and information with the environment and everything around us. Our doshas – the mind-body principles composed of the natural elements space, air, fire, water, and earth – are always at play in this dynamic exchange, linking our physiology to the world at large. For example, when it’s cold and windy outside, the Vata dosha inside you responds because its nature is also cold, dry, and moving.  Each dosha recognizes a particular kind of weather and increases in response. If a dosha increases too much, you experience imbalances that result in feelings of discomfort and, if not addressed, ultimately lead to dis-ease.

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