There’s such beauty in dairy. With its cooling and fortifying properties, it’s a great summertime food. Here at Hale Pule, we enjoy dairy, such as fresh buttermilk, ghee and fresh paneer, which is a cheese that anyone can make at home.
It may surprise you that not all cheese is regarded equally in Ayurveda. Our bodies have an inherent balance of virus, fungus and bacteria – the good kinds that keep us healthy. The act of aging cheese is a process that intentionally creates mold to bring about that distinctive pungency. When we eat that mold in such a concentrated way, it throws off the natural balance in our bodies and creates digestive disturbances. And, because aged cheese has been compacted over a long time into a hard, glue-like substance, it’s no wonder that it causes constipation and dairy intolerance.
We just finished our third Yoga teacher training for the year. We are always pleased to see the transformation in our students after four weeks of learning a traditional, holistic practice of Yoga, one that is fully integrated with practical training in Ayurveda. Yoga and Ayurveda are often called “sister sciences” because they are meant to work hand-in-hand to guide us to balance and freedom.
One of the ways we can honor these complementary traditions is by using Yoga asana to balance the doshas. For example, with summer here, I recommend placing more emphasis on twists to balance pitta dosha. The summertime months are ruled by pitta and, even if it is not your primary dosha, the fire element is more present in our lives.
In between fire and water is a space of harmony. In this space, both elements – though seemingly opposing – are equalized. They ebb and flow, but never overtake the other. This is what balanced pitta dosha, represented by the elements of fire and water, looks like.
As we move out of the damp, earthy kapha season and into sharp, hot pitta season (mid-May through mid-September) we may notice our bodies reflecting more of the fire element that governs pitta dosha. In the heat of summer, we can find balance by moderating that fire with pitta’s other element, water.