Do you love the long, hot summer days? Or do you go out of your way to avoid the intensity of the summer sun?
This time of year really lifts the human spirit. Ram and I really enjoy the lighter evenings and warmer temperatures, we love to go for evening walks or take an early evening swim. There’s also something quite special to observe mother nature in all her bloom.
Yet, for those who struggle in hot temperatures, summer is not so welcome. The ancient science of Ayurveda provides practical tools and tips to stay cool during the summer months.
What is Ayurveda?
If you are new to Ayurveda, Ayurveda translates as the ‘science of life.’ It is the sister science of Yoga and like Yoga it dates back thousands of years. In Ayurveda, good health is defined as a balance between body, mind, spirit, and social wellbeing.
One of the main principles of Ayurveda is that to maintain balance of your health and vitality than your habits, routines and diets should adapt to suit the season.
Ayurveda is built around the five elements of nature: earth, water, fire, air, and ether (space). There are three main ‘doshas’ that form a combination of each element. VATA, PITTA and KAPHA. VATA is governed by air and ether, PITTA by fire and water and KAPHA dosha is governed by earth and water.
We are born with all three doshas, yet we have either one or two doshas that are dominant, and it is this that defines all aspects of who we are. If you would like to define which dosha is your dominant one you can try this quiz.