Pitta season runs from July to October. As soon as
the heat waves of summer roll around, most of
us feel the effects of the increased Pitta in the
atmosphere - a shorter fuse than usual, more
irritability and frustration, outbursts of anger.
Whether you are predominantly Pitta by constitution
or not, it is prudent to take measures to keep the
fire element in balance during the heat of the summer.
Pitta is the element that governs metabolism and
transformation in the body, including digestion. Signs
of excess Pitta include heartburn, excessive body
heat and sweating, skin rashes, red eyes, acne,
excess stomach acidity, peptic ulcers, early graying,
irritability and anger. These appear to be very
disparate problems, but from the ayurvedic
perspective, measures to "pacify" Pitta can wipe out
many of them.
There are simple things you can do to pacify Pitta
which will help you enjoy summer more and ensure
that the excess heat does not create imbalance in
mind and body.
May all beings be with peace,
|Wisdom of Ayurveda to be taught at UCI
Tuesdays, September 27 to November 11, 6-9 PM; 6
Presented as part of UCI Extension's Yoga Studies
program, this hands-on course provides an overview
of the basic principles of Ayurveda and how they
may be used to keep you balanced on your path of
yoga, meditation, and life. The $240 course fee
includes $45 for a materials fee which will be used to
supply the student with therapies to take home each
week to experience Ayurveda in addition to learning
about them intellectually.
|How does Ayurveda fit into the medical picture?
The National Institute of Health Office of
Complementary and Alternative Medicine currently
considers Ayurveda a form of complementary and
alternative medicine in the United States. In the
State of California, Ayurveda is a non-licensed
profession. Its practice was formally legalized under
the passage of Senate Bill 577 in January 2003.
Ayurvedic consultations are considered alternative or
complementary to healing arts that are licensed by
the State of California.
|How to take good care of your eyes
According to Ayurveda, the eyes are one of the most
important organs in the body. The eye is also
governed by Alochaka Pitta, a subdosha of Pitta,
which becomes less balanced as we age and during
the summer season.
All five elements play a role in maintaining
eye health. Earth (prithivi) governs the muscular part
of the eye, fire (tejas) rules the blood vessels, air
(vayu) governs the color, water (apu) dominates the
white area, and space (akasha) controls the tear
ducts and channels.
It's important to care for your eyes throughout life.
In the same way that Ayurveda recommends
preventing future health problems while you're still
healthy, here are some simple things you can do to
prevent eye disease and improve your vision.
Free Introductory Lecture
August 25th, 7-9 PM in Laguna Beach
Lecture topics include:
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- Introduction to Ayurveda
- Yoga and Ayurveda
- Constitution and balance
- Food as medicine
- Balancing through opposites
- 13 tips for healthy eating
- Questions and Answers