What's going on in my body in late summer?
In Ayurveda, late summer is considered to be a season where your body is making the transition from intense summer heat to cooler weather.
This time of year can be a sensitive time for digestion, energy levels and emotions.
If you're feeling it, keep reading...
Summer and the Elements
Here are a few factors to consider at late summer:
At the end of summer, excess heat (Pitta dosha) has likely accumulated in your body. This can show up as feeling irritable, skin issues (acne, rashes), muscle aches and digestive issues (like low appetite or indigestion).
If you’ve been eating a lot of cool foods over the summer -- like salads and smoothies -- you may also have an accumulation of coolness and dryness (Vata dosha) in your body. This can show up as dry skin, constipation or dehydration (signs of dryness).
If you've been enjoying a lot of BBQs and patio foods this season, you may also have accumulated some impurities (toxins / ama) in your digestive system. This can show up as a slow metabolism, feeling lazy, digestive issues and/or low energy levels.
Here are a few simple tips from Ayurveda to come back into balance in late summer:
Start by taking care of your digestion and better energy levels will follow. Follow a lighter diet with easy to digest foods. Enjoy lentils, salads, cool soups, and sweet juicy fruits. Reduce meat, leftovers, processed foods and junk food.
Stay hydrated - drink lots of water or try this electrolyte boosting drink
Enjoy regular self-massage with coconut oil to aid relaxation and soothe the skin.
Relax your mind by massaging 1-2 tablespoons of lightly warmed organic coconut oil into your scalp before bed. You will love it!
Celebrate digestive herbs and spices such as cilantro, fenugreek, rosemary, basil, fennel and pasley, or liver-supporting with herbs like aloe vera gel, milk thistle and/triphala powder.
Take a vacation !
Fall Detox: We'll be exploring principles of fall detoxification at our upcoming Fall Rejuvenation Retreat in late September. Care to join us?
Enjoy the last few weeks of summer, my friends + hope to see you soon!
About the Author
Briya Freeman has been creating spaces for healing and spiritual awakening since 2011. She is passionate about exploring the potentials of human consciousness in a way that unites and transcends global culture. Her background includes 20+ years of study and practice in hatha yoga, Ayurveda, Breathontology, meditation, bioenergetics and shamanism.
As a teacher, she is known for an approach that is down-to-earth, intuitive and deeply seated. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org