Take a Rejuvenating Ayurvedic Staycation
Have you ever returned from a trip more exhausted than when you started out? This summer, instead of spending your entire vacation in a blur of travel and hustle-bustle, plan at least a day or two at home on a rejuvenating staycation (a vacation where you stay at home), Ayurveda style! Here are some suggestions.
Spend Time in Nature
Summer is Pitta season, when temperatures rise—both outdoors and in your body. Taking a stroll in nature is one of the best ways to pacify Pitta dosha, soothe your senses, and unwind from your regular workweek schedule. Stroll among the bountiful flowers, listen to the songbirds chirping, and enjoy nature at its finest.
Studies have shown that after just 15 minutes of being in nature, your stress levels go down. People who spend more time in nature also tend to be happier and less tense, according to scientists.
Being around water—or better yet, in it—is especially soothing for the senses and Pitta dosha. Swimming, paddleboarding, and kayaking are all wonderfully cooling and rejuvenating. And after spending weeks on end sitting in front of a computer, nothing feels better.
Walking at sunrise is heavenly. The birds are celebrating the new day, and you can hear it loud and clear. You can’t help but smile. The weather is cooler in the morning, which is especially good for Pitta dosha.
Take Time to Slow Down
While it can be tempting to squeeze lots of fun activities into your time off, sometimes what your body really needs is just to unwind and take it slow for a day or two. Take a yoga class, enjoy an extra-long meditation, or read a book while swaying in a hammock in the backyard. If the weather’s cooler, you might even take a relaxing bath with a few drops of dosha balancing aroma oil. When you slow your body down, you’re giving your mind and emotions time to decompress, too.
Engage purposefully. Avoid activities that you know bring your temperature up and favor the ones that, when complete, leave you with a sense of happiness and calm.
Connect with Friends & Family
According to Ayurveda, spending time with loved ones is a behavioral rasayana—something that causes your mind to influence your body in a concrete, uplifting way. When your mind and emotions are happy, your body releases feel-good chemicals that promote health. Conversely, when you’re stressed or unhappy, your system floods with neurochemicals that can compromise your health. In the rushed pace of the average weekday, it may not always be easy to visit good friends and family, but staycations give you time to nurture connections that nurture your heart.
If you like to cook, have people over for an easy meal, or take a leisurely walk in a nearby park. Head to the swimming pool together, or catch an outdoor movie under the stars (popcorn with Organic Pitta Churna is a balancing and delicious treat!). Simply spending time together is the most important thing, regardless of what you do.
Have Some DIY Spa Fun
Rather than rushing around tackling errands, be sure to take some time to simply relax and unwind. Better yet, treat yourself to some DIY Ayurvedic spa skin treatments. Soaring temps can lead to Pitta-related skin issues like eruptions and rashes. To soothe an irritated complexion, try this easy-to-make Ayurvedic cleanser for sensitive Pitta skin (kids will love helping out and sampling the goods, too).
- 2 teaspoons quick-cooking oats
- ¼ teaspoon almond powder
- ¼ teaspoon rose petal powder
- ¼ teaspoon lavender flower powder
- 2 tablespoons whole raw milk
Stir ingredients together and apply gently to face with fingertips. Let the scrub set, then gently flake the mask off into the basin. If the mask feels too sticky, use warm water to rinse. Dab face with a soft towel, and follow with Youthful Skin Cream to moisturize.
Eat Fresh, Seasonal Foods
During summer, sweet and juicy fruits are in abundance! Hit your local farmer’s market (a fun family outing in itself) for fresh, seasonal fruits, veggies, pesto and other sauces, baked goods, and nutrient-rich, nourishing fare. Bonus: sweet, juicy fruits are very pacifying for Pitta dosha.
Have an Ayurvedic Picnic
One way to combine almost all the suggestions in this list is to plan a simple, relaxing Ayurvedic picnic out in nature with friends and family. For menu inspiration, consider this Seasonal Veggie Quinoa Salad with Pitta Churna Dressing, which you can make with veggies right from your garden!
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 cups water
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup broccoli, chopped
- ½ cup sweet peppers, chopped
- ½ cup cucumbers, chopped
- ½ cup carrots, chopped
- 1 avocado, sliced
- 1 head fresh leaf lettuce or kale, finely chopped
- ½ Tbsp. Organic Pitta Churna (coriander, fennel, cumin, cardamom)
- 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
- Pour quinoa into a dry (unoiled) saucepan.
- Allow quinoa to dry roast on medium heat until it begins to make small popping sounds. Stir a few times, as quinoa burns easily.
- Once popping sounds start, pour in the water, cover and bring to a boil.
- Once at a boil, reduce temperature to low and allow the quinoa to simmer for approximately 25-30 minutes until it's clear and fluffy.
- While the quinoa is cooking, chop the veggies and in a small bowl, whisk the coconut oil and Organic Pitta Churna together.
- When the quinoa is finished, mix all ingredients in a large salad bowl and drizzle the Pitta Churna salad dressing over the salad and gently stir.
The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, call or e-mail us for the number of a physician in your area. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.