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Summer Tips for Balance

Summer is a time of heat, governed by the elements of fire and water.  As the heat rises, we may tend to feel cranky, irritable, have a fiery temperament or short fuse.  We feel the heat rising in our bodies and mind.

Ayurvedic wisdom teaches us that like increases like and opposites balance.  What’s the opposite or hot, light, mobile, dry (or wet/humid)? Seasonal living helps stay healthy and feel balanced.  Here are a few of my favorite summer tips:

1. Stay hydrated – drink plenty of water.  Infuse it with mint leaves, add cucumber slices or lemon or orange slices.  Try a few strawberries with the mind. Or add spices like fennel, coriander, licorice. Try coconut or watermelon juice.

2. Favor foods that are sweet, bitter, astringent.  Choose fruits like cherries, berries, pears, peaches, melons.  Eat lots of leafy green.  Go light on the meat and avoid spicy, salty, pungent foods.

3. Don’t work out in the heat of the day — and avoid direct exposure to sunlight. Make sure to balance vigorous workouts with calming practices like slow yoga, meditation, breathing exercises or just sitting in nature. Try not to aim for 100% effort in the heat but 80%.

4. Bask in the moonlight.  Treat yourself to a leisurely walk or stroll in the moonlight. It’s cooling energy and will cool your body and mind, balancing and help to get a restful night’s sleep.

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