Nature is our guide in Ayurveda. We look at how nature changes with the daily and seasonal weather patterns, daylight, and nighttime to see how we can best support ourselves physically and mentally/ emotionally to stay in good health.
Ayurveda believes our disconnect from nature causes diseases and imbalances in ourselves.
Our lives and environments are ever-changing and to keep yourself in balance it helps to look at the seasonal changes to know how to adapt.
Read all about the month of June to stay in good health!
P.S. This blog is based on Ontario, Canada weather.
June is the official start of summer! How exciting! The warm weather is fully here and we can get ready for a fun summer. This is the time when pitta moves into the season. Any time a season changes it is recommended to reevaluate your diet and lifestyle and see if you need to make any adaptations according to your dosha or any imbalances that you are working with.
The beginning of summer is a time of higher temperatures and humidity. Pitta is both the fire and water element. It is a wonderful time for vatas who can benefit from these elements to balance their cold and dry qualities.
Pittas and kaphas both need to take some measures to stay in balance during the first part of summer.
"June is the official start of summer! How exciting!"
June is the last end of the humidity in the air, and temperatures are seriously rising. June 21st marks the start of the summer season.
This means the sun rises early and sets late. Long days of summer fun await us! This is the time when it is easier to get up early for most of us. The sun welcomes us to the day and the pleasant temperatures improve our moods drastically.
Sun exposure is important for our health. We absorb Vitamin D from the sun into our skin and this is a vital part of having good energy, healthy bones, and many other important functions in the body. Vitamin D is best absorbed by having larger parts of the skin in the sun for periods of time. Being outdoors as much as you can, will be incredibly helpful for this. Obviously, be mindful with sunbathing and follow set guidelines to do so.
Pittas skin tends to turn red easily and burn. They tend to be familiar with skin issues like rashes, eczema, or other bumps and patches. Vatas skin is often darker and tans easily. Kaphas skin is smooth, soft, and thick and has a naturally beautiful glow.
"Summer is the time when it is easier to get up early for most of us. The sun welcomes us to the day and the pleasant temperatures improve our moods drastically."
The Three Doshas in June
Vata is happy. The air is still humid and the temperatures are rising. The warmth is so soothing for the cold vata types and this helps them relax and slow down. The first part of summer is the best time for vatas to be in balance. They can enjoy the sun, humidity, and feel their anxiety leave their body.
Finally their dryness eases up, and their digestion might improve because of it. Anything that relaxes and slows the quick vata down is helpful to keep them balanced.
Summer is the outdoor season and spending time in nature is healing for vata, as it is for any dosha. Put your feet in the grass, inhale the fresh air, and have fun in and around the water. This is truly a healing formula!
Vatas still benefit from a diet that has ample oil, water, and fiber to keep their bowels lubricated and moving well. Think avocados, olive oil, cold teas (not too cold), and summer fruits.