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1. Sip a soothing infusion
According to Ayurveda, we’re all made of a mix of three doshas, or elements: fiery pitta, airy vata, and earthy kapha. Keeping pitta in balance during summer can deliver peace of mind—and drinking fennel tea can help, says Erin Casperson, dean of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda.
Bring 4 cups water and 1 tablespoon whole fennel seeds to a simmer. Remove from heat and steep overnight. Sip throughout the day to regulate digestion, which can become sluggish during hotter months, causing irritation and frustration.
2. Spritz away stress
Reinvigorate your skin on scorching days with a homemade rose hydrosol. “Rose is particularly balancing in summertime,” says Janna Delgado, an Ayurvedic practitioner and long-time faculty member at Kripalu. “When temps rise, it soothes the body, mind, and senses.”
Start with 4 ounces steam-distilled water in a small spray bottle, and then add 4 drops of rose essential oil (make sure it is all natural, not synthetic). Mist your face as needed, being careful to avoid your eyes!
See also Intro to Ayurveda: The Three Doshas
3. Call on a grounding mudra
The sacred yogic practice of channeling energy through mudras, or hand gestures, can be a great way to chill and quell pitta overload when you feel hot and cranky, says Delgado. Jala Mudra (jala means water) does just that.
Find a comfortable seat and bring the tips of your thumbs and pinky fingers together. Extend your three middle fingers on each hand and rest the backs of your hands on your knees. Hold for several breaths. “Relax and focus on the sensation of the fingers touching,” says Delgado.