How to Cool Down Pitta in the Hot Summer Months
Summer months can aggravate Pitta. Let's learn the signs of a Pitta imbalance and how to cool it down! Those of us with higher Pitta constitutions are more likely to feel it than others, but that's not to say we won't all feel the heat.
Check out Andrea Claassen's full article of how to cool down this season with suggestions like rose water and sandalwood essential oils.
Signs of Pitta Imbalance
Irregular Body Odour
Choose Pitta Balancing Foods
Cooling and calming foods that balance Pitta are highly recommended for the heat we're experiencing now and as we move into the Summer.
Fruits to eat : Apples, Plums, Pomegranates, Mango, Melons, Sweet Grapes, Oranges, Pears
Fruits to avoid: Lemon, Grapefruit, Cherries, Papaya, Strawberries, Peaches, Pineapples
Choose foods that are naturally sweet, bitter and astringent. East fresh and cooling foods in a nice balance of whole, local and freshly cooked as well as raw. Melons of all kinds are great for Pittas - you can even sprinkle them with a little ground ginger powder for a little extra something tasty! And let's not forget our leafy green vegetables like dandelion greens, romaine lettuce, kale and spinach.
Choose Pitta Balancing Beverages
Keeping hydrated during this hot time is essential. Try adding any of these additions to your regular water to add a little pizzaz!
Aloe Vera juice or gel
Stay Away From the Heat - What to Avoid
Avoid pungent, sour and salty foods during this time. Stay away from the chilli and cayenne peppers as well as any processed, canned or frozen dinner type foods. Caffeine, nicotine and other stimulants act as a Pitta energizer - monitor your intake and avoid as much as you can during the hot summer months. Red meats as well as oily, fatty foods (anything deep fried) are to be avoided at most times but especially now. Take a pause on fermented foods like kombucha, just for the moment.
Breath Work to Cool Pitta
Pitta is made of fire and water. Its main qualities are hot, oily, light, and sharp. Cooling Sitali Breath has the opposite qualities, so it cools and calms the excess pitta. Sitali Breath is best for the summer season of pitta or anytime you’re feeling irritated, angry, frustrated, or noticing a little acid indigestion.
Sitali breath is used in freediving as an exhale technique to slow down the central nervous system thus getting the body prepared for a dive.
Watch this video from EkhartYoga to learn more about Sitali breath.
Yoga Poses for Balancing Pitta
Cat / Cow
Legs Up on the Wall
"When out of balance, pitta can be too hot, too competitive, and too wound up. The yoga postures that bring pitta back into balance need to be cooling, calming, and refreshing in nature."
Hopefully these techniques help you stay cool as a cucumber during these hot summer months coming our way! And if you're still in need of a little extra cool-down, we've got just the thing at Unalome Yoga Roatan! Our pool is just 1 week away from Aqua Yoga-ready and we couldn't be more excited!
We're also offering a Water focused Yoga Retreat which will help to balance Pitta as well as find well-being for your mind, body and spirit as a whole.
If you're interested in attending any classes or retreats, please don't hesitate to contact us. We're here to help you calm that Pitta and relax in the gorgeous Caribbean jungle!
Light & Love