Summer is Pitta. Pitta elements are Fire and Water and we are embarked on a long, hot and humid Pitta season. In the hot summer you are especially prone to accumulating excess pitta. If your dosha is predominantly Pitta, you are at an even higher risk of becoming out of balance because Like increases Like = Hot increases Heat. Tempers rise with the humidity and temperature. Even if you have less Pitta in your Prakriti, you may find that you need to take steps to pacify Pitta to stay balanced and healthy. Transformation is the main function of the Pitta dosha. Pitta is the heat that drives your digestive system, metabolism, and glandular functions. The stomach, liver, skin, heart and eyes are primary locations of Pitta in your body. Pitta is also responsible for sensory perception, discrimination and precision thinking. By its fiery nature, Pitta is intense, purposeful and passionate. Out of balance the above attributes of Pitta will be weakened or over active. Though Pitta is aggravated in summer, elevated Pitta can occur at any time, look for these signs of aggravated Pitta: Skin irritations, any burning sensations, aggression, acid indigestion, anger, excessive sweating, hypertension, diarrhea, irritability, fever, blurred vision, inflammation, and impatience.
Erica Mueller #summer #pitta #heat #dosha
Food As Medicine _ Black Raisins
Have you ever heard about Raisin-Water?
Raisin water is an excellent addition to your diet, especially for promoting cooling in the system and good liver health which leads to purification/detoxification of the blood stream. In Ayurveda, raisins are known to be very healing. Especially black raisins. Black raisin soaked water has special benefits for Pitta. Pitta and its sub-doshas derive great benefit from raisins. Soaked overnight and taken in the morning, they support Sadhaka Pitta (which governs the emotions) and pacify Pachaka Pitta (responsible for digestive functions) and Ranjaka Pitta (which balances blood chemistry). Basically, raisins are useful in healing a whole range of Pitta-related problems, like burning sensation while urinating. Their diuretic effect flushes out urine, cooling the system. This water can also be helpful with hot flashes during menopause. Black Raisin Water. To make Raisin water, boil one liter of water. When then water has boiled take it off thee heat and add one handful of black raisins. Cover and let sit overnight. In the morning and during the day drink the water only. Erica #food #ayurveda #pitta #dosha #menopause #liver
The Sankhya school of philosophy recognizes two eternal principles called Purusha and Prakriti. In the Sāṅkhya and Yoga philosophical literatures Purusha is the spirit and consciousness, and Prakriti refers to the manifested material world - nature, matter, physical and psychological character, constitution, temper and disposition. Together they create the flow of the universe.
Purusha is eternal, passive, pure and indestructible. It is energy without matter and has the ultimate healing power. It is your unmanifested potential and is behind everything in nature.
Prakriti is dynamic, infinite, causative and active. It has the desire to manifest and is it is the primal material behind the universe. It is the first and foremost cause of all the gross and subtle objects in your physical form. It is your “perfect blueprint” and given to you at conception. This is where all your unmanifested potential becomes manifested.
Purusha (consciousness) needing a vehicle to experience and express itself in the world joined with Prakriti and your physical existence and senses came into being. Through your physical form and the senses Purusha experiences the world and plays a large part in the creation of health or disease.
So, what does this have to do with your health and happiness. Everything. Without the understanding that there is a subtle energy behind our physical being, we are missing half of the health and happiness puzzle. We can focus on food, herbs and lifestyle but the addition off a deeper understanding of the healing power of Purusha is needed. Meditation, pranayama and mantra offer a way into this understanding.
Asana is a collective name for all physical postures used in yoga. The aim of a yoga posture or series is to not just create flexibility but to also strength and stamina.. Movement into a posture, during the posture and coming out of the posture is paired with breath. You are beginning utilize the posture when attention of the body and breath is obtained. When yoga is used as therapy it becomes part of the healing science called Ayurveda. Different postures can be used for different dosha. An Ayurvedic practitioner with a training in yoga therapy can help you with this. As wee move from the kapha season of winter into spring it can be good to use more warming and invigorating asana to help move the stagnate heavy, slow and dense kapha in your body. Using sun salutations to build heat and deep diaphragmatic breathing are wonderful at this time of the year. Backbends can bring energy upward to decrease kapha stagnation in the lungs. Prioritizing a morning practice is useful at this time of the year.
Erica Mueller Ayurveda practitioner and yoga therapist
2 cups milk or milk alternative
1 tsp ground turmeric
Pinch of black pepper
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1-2 tbsp. maple syrup or 2 dates
1/2 tbsp. coconut oil
Place all ingredients in a pot and place over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes. Pour into a cup and enjoy. If you added the coconut oil place in a blender. the oil will help with frothiness of the drink.
Here are a few musings of moments in my life that I would like to share with you. They may not be fancy or elaborate. But they are a continuing and moving story book of what I am keeping up to these days.