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Don’t become a fireball this summer

Published: July 9, 2014, 10:12 am, by Jen Mulson

Almost me

Almost me

Last weekend was not a good one for this pitta dosha/Aries fire sign girl.

With temperatures in the 90s, the situation was rife with danger. In summers past, I’ve made poor choices. I would go to a heated yoga class, where the room is heated to 95 degrees and humidity is set to 35 percent.

I’ve gone hiking at noon in the sun’s penetrating, endless glare. And in both circumstances, I’ve been miserable, cranky and generally ill-feeling.

I promised myself I would make better choices this summer, and last weekend, I did. I went to the air conditioned gym to exercise and did yoga in my house under the ceiling fan, where it’s relatively cool. I got myself over to Cheyenne Canon, and found a secret spot on a large, flat rock right next to the running creek. I soaked up the negative ions that running water sends up into the air, and felt at peace.

Finally, finally, I listened to my body.

Maybe you’re wondering what pitta dosha is. It’s from Ayurveda, the traditional system of medicine in India. It’s been used for thousands of years, and seeks to balance the body through diet, herbs and lifestyle choices. Ayurveda says we are each one of three doshas (body constitutions), or a mix of two doshas.

Pitta dosha is the fiery one. Its qualities include heat, light, intensity. Add to that the sign under which I was born – Aries. A fire sign, of course. I don’t necessarily put full stock in horoscopes, but I do find it interesting that there’s a lot of fire in my constitution, according to these two belief systems.

It’s all about balance in Ayurveda, and not aggravating your dosha. For me to go practice in a super hot yoga room at noon on a 95 degree July day is the definition of insanity for me. Maybe not for you, but definitely for me. And if I followed that up with a hot cup of coffee and a spicy bowl of soup? Just stick a fork in me, because I’ll be done.

I encourage you to research your own dosha. There are lots of quizzes online, or find an Ayurvedic practitioner in town.

Here’s one: http://doshaquiz.chopra.com/