3. Avoid foods that will aggravate Pitta.
The last thing you want to do is aggravate your Pitta! Try to avoid foods that are overly salty, fried, processed, and spicy. Minimise the use of ingredients like chilli, garlic and onion.
That doesn’t mean you can’t spice things up! Fresh herbs like cilantro, mint, and basil are wonderfully cooling and also provide anti-inflammatory qualities. Used dried Cumin, cilantro, turmeric and fennel seeds in your cooking.
4. Stay Hydrated
The need to stay hydrated increases significantly during the summer months as the heat drains more moisture from your body. Drinking lots of water and avoid or significantly reduce your caffeine and alcohol intake. Don’t be afraid to add a pinch of salt into a glass of water to help you keep hydrated.
Coconut water is incredibly cooling and a beautiful, refreshing, and hydrating drink. Try adding mint!
5. Yoga Nidra
This is a magical tool to deeply relax your body on all levels – physically, mentally and emotionally. Yoga Nidra will rejuvenate your energy! It really supports me during the peak hot temperatures of the day when my energy levels have dropped. Yoga Nidra really picks me up. If you would like to try it for yourself, you can access a recording by following this link.
6. Slow down your yoga asana practice:
With gentle movements and restorative practices, incorporate practices to cool down your body rather than heating it up with a more intense, dynamic asanas. This will increase the heat in your body and your mind! I highly recommend to avoid the practice during the times of more intense heat. The best time to practice is very early in the morning, just before sunset, or in the evening.
7. Pranayama (Breathwork)
The ancient techniques of Yoga, offer us a practice for each moment. Cooling breathwork practices like Sheetali (cooling breath) or Seetkari (hissing breath) pranayama are very effective in cooling your body and mind. I share with you a demonstration of this wonderful practice in the video below.
8. Cool down your body!
Take a cool or even cold shower before bedtime; it is the best antidotes to an overheated body and mind.
9. Washing the feet before bed:
In cool water and then massaging them with coconut oil. This is cooling and calming for the skin, particularly if your skin has been exposed to too much sun during the day. It will help to cool down you sunburn.
10. Sleeping habits:
It is a good idea to go to bed a little later during the intense summer months when a lot of the sun’s heat has dispersed
Ayurveda suggests you sleep on your right side, it encourages you to breath more through the left nostril that corresponds with the Ida Nadi energy channel that relates to the moon (lunar) aspects. This helps to cool down the mind.