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SEASONAL LIVING

by in Uncategorized January 15, 2020

HONOUR NATURE’S RHYTHMS

Nature functions in seasons, cycles and rhythms. Every cell in our body has an intrinsic beat of rest and activity that evolved over millions of years of evolutionary time. 

Hormone levels, temperature regulation, immune function, digestive enzymes, sleep-wake cycles and cellular reproduction all go through phases of rest and activity. In this age of technology we have the possibility of ignoring our internal biological clock. Our bodies pay a toll due to our lack of resonance with the environment and this contributes to insomnia, depression, concentration problems and digestive ailments.   

By following a natural daily and seasonal routine, we can improve the harmony between our inner and outer rhythms. 

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FINDING A HEALTHY BALANCE 

AYURVEDA – The SCIENCE of LIFE

The 5000 year old Indian System of Medicine, Ayurveda, was designed to bring the body back into balance in order to heal itself from ailment. 

Ayurveda promotes a Lifestyle Approach to keep the balance of one’s Dosha (individual nature of your body, mind and spirit) 

AYURVEDA THROUGH THE SEASONS

The Mind and Spirit cannot be separated from the Body. Giving rise to the concept of BodyMind. Ayurveda teaches us to respect the effects of changing times of day and seasons on the BodyMind. Working with and aligning ourselves with the seasons will lead to better health. 

YOGA – UNION Of BODY, MIND & SPIRIT 

Along with Ayurveda, Yoga, its Sister Science will help us Create a Life of Balance. 

Yoga increases flexibility, tones and strengthens the body. It quiets and focuses the mind and also increases a feeling of well-being, which is harder to define but comes with diligent practice. Most importantly, it’s techniques of relaxation, both physically and mentally, help to counter stress from modern-day living – Keeping us Cool and Calm in the Heat of Summer. 

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RHYTHM OF SUMMER – PITTA SEASON

Pitta, hot and explosive, starts to build during the Spring as the weather warms up. The Fire element of Pitta has transformative qualities in Spring, is most likely to cause problems (if in excess or out of Balance) in the middle of Summer and late Summer is a time to rest in the shade and enjoy Nature’s abundance. 

PITTA CHARACTERISTICS

Pitta is composed of the Elements Fire and Water. Like Fire, Pitta is penetrating, piercing, quick and strong. Fire, like Pitta, radiates heat and when it meets Water, steam is created. Summer is a time to Stay Cool and not get overheated! 

SYMPTOMS OF AGGRAVATED PITTA

-Inflammation

-Fever

-Excessive Perspiration

-Irritation

-Mood swings

-Anger

-Frustration 

-Jealousy

-Criticism

-Argumentativeness

HOW TO BALANCE PITTA

Keep Cool! Wear cool, natural-fibre clothing and avoid extended periods of sun exposure. Cool your temper too, by balancing your competitiveness, keeping an eye on your controlling nature and taking time out to relax. Some tips:

-Eat Regular Meals

-Choose Cooling Foods and Liquids

-Eat More Plants, especially Dark Green Leafy Greens

-Avoid Hot Spices and Excess Salt

-Hydrate 

-Eat what is In Season

-Chill Out, Relax

-Play Fair and Enjoy

-Practice Non-judgment

-Get enough Sleep, Not too Much

-Take Time Out

-Cooling Yoga Practice

COOLING HERBS

-Aloe

-Amla (Emblica officinalis) 

-Burdock

-Gotu Kola

-Peppermint

-Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) 

-Triphala

-Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) 

COOLING AROMATHERAPY 

-Clary Sage

-Jasmine

-Lavender

-Lemon 

-Lemongrass 

-Peppermint

-Sandalwood 

-Vetiver 

-Coconut Oil or Grape Seed Oil as Carrier Oil for the above Essential Oils. 

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YOGA FOR PITTA SEASON

Remind yourself not to get competitive, even with yourself. Keep in mind the Spiritual side of your Yoga Practice. Summer is a time of Growth, Unfurling and Blossoming – Always start your Practice with Gentle warming-up rounds of Sun Salutations and you will find you are ready for the heat and high energy of Summer. Enjoy Your Practice! 

SOME COOLING POSTURES

-Gentle Surya Namaskar / Sun Salutation

-Chandra Namaskar / Moon Salutation

-Trikonasana / Triangle Pose

-Parivrtta Trikonasana / Twisting Triangle. 

-Salabhasana / Locust Pose

-Dhanurasana / Bow Pose

-Paschimottanasana / Seated Forward Bend. 

-Upavistha Konasana / Open Angle Pose. 

-Supta Baddha Konasana / Reclining Bound Angle Pose. 

-Savasana / Corpse Pose. 

Many of these Postures Help Relieve Digestive Symptoms and Stimulate the Digestive Fire. 

*For Excellent Yoga Practice Guidance: “Yoga and Ayurveda” by David Frawley. 

An Ayurvedic inspired Lifestyle,

incorporating a Gentle Yoga Practice,

will help Rebalance and Restore Vibrant Health

and Well-Being

All the Seasons of Life.

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