ICC Ayurveda Workshop

Event Date: 
Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 8:00pm
Event End Date: 
Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 9:00pm
Event Location: 
525 Los Coches Street, Milpitas, CA 95035

Summer and Ayurveda 
Some people love the heat of summer, others dread it. It all depends on your body type. Come hear how you can prepare your own body so you can experience summer with more enjoyment.
The principles Dr. Sachin will describe come from the most ancient system of health care--Ayurveda.
This ancient science has been enlivened and brought back to its ancient roots through Maharishi Ayurveda.

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Preparation for the season is very helpful to enjoy all the wonderful changes which comes with the transitions in environment and it also enhances our adoptability to those changes.
We always look forward to summer as:
• Exciting,
• Fun filled season where
• We go on vacations,
• Travel,
• Enjoy more sunny days and
• Indulge in prolonged outdoor activity.
The season of Summer is dominated by Fire Element which translates to Pitta Dosha in Ayurveda.
This season runs from July to October.
As soon the summer starts rolling in you start noticing the effects of Pitta on your system whether your body type (Prakriti) is of Pitta or other.
When we take right steps to balance the Pitta during the high heat and sunniness of the summer we can enjoy summer to the fullest.
Now let’s learn more about Pitta:
Pitta manifests in our body:
• Digestion
• Metabolism
• Transformations in our body
When Pitta is out of Balance:
• Heartburn
• Excess of body heat
• Excess Sweating
• Skin Rashes
• Acne
• Acidity and Indigestion
• Ulcers Sinusitis
• Urethral burning and inflammation
• Mouth ulcers
• Headache
• Sunstroke
• Diarrhea
• Early Graying of hair
• Irritability and Anger
Ayurvedic principle believes that when we Pacify Pitta it usually annihilates these symptoms and other imbalances because of the excess heat.

Here are Five Sub types of Pitta for reference:
1. Alochaka Pitta : Governs Functioning of the Eyes
2. Bhrajaka Pitta: Governs Skin Glow
3. Sadhaka Pitta: Governs Desire, Decisiveness, Drive, Spirituality
4. Pachaka Pitta: Govrens Digestion, Assimilation, Metabolism
5. Ranjaka Pitta: Governs Healthiness of Blood
Imbalance of Pitta in relation to Five Sub types for reference:
1. Alochaka Pitta : Red Eyes, Problems with Vision
2. Bhrajaka Pitta: Skin Rashes, Burning, Acne
3. Sadhaka Pitta: Demanding, Perfectionist, Workaholic
4. Pachaka Pitta: Acidity, Indigestion, Ulcers etc
5. Ranjaka Pittak : Early Graying of Hair, Anger, Toxins in Blood
When you consider any modifications for summer one has to think of Two major things :
1. Sluggish Digestion in summer
2. Reduced Water Element
Obviously, it calls for:
• Sweet ( Madhur)
• Cooling Virya ( Rasayukta)
• Snigdha Guna
• Light on Digestion
• Supporting Water Element
• Supports Rasa Dhatus

As we all know that we need to make changes in our Lifestyle as per the seasons change.
1. Diet
2. Lifestyle
3. Other Supportive Measures including right Spices and Herbs
to maintain optimal Lifestyle.
As Cold Weather declines, our digestion becomes sluggish and then because of extreme heat outside it affects the Water element in our body, which calls for the above changes in our Diet and Lifestyle to feel better.
Here are some insights which might be helpful to create balance during summer time:
1. Pitta Pacifying diet
2. Cooling Herbal Drinks and summer beverages
3. Cooling Exercises
4. Calming Down
5. Protections from Sun
6. Using Summer flowers for Aroma, in drinking water
7. Cooling Face Masks
8. Eye cooling with Cucumber slices, Silk Eye Pillows, Ayurvedic cooling Eye Drops
9. Herbal Formulations

1. Pitta Pacifying diet
• Include More Sweet, Bitter and Astringent Tastes
• Include Less of Sour, Salty and Pungent Tastes
• Fruits : Sweet Fruits like Melons, Pears, Grapes
• Vegetables: Like Broccoli, Cucumber, Zucchini
• Dairy : Milk and Ghee
• Grains : Rice is cooling
• Avoid Foods : Sour like Sour Cream, Vinegar, Ketch ups
• Highly spiced foods
• Recommended Spices : Cooling : Mint, Fennel, Cardamom
• Pitta Churna

2. Cooling Herbal Drinks and summer beverages:
• Hydrate well!
• There are ways to cool the water down and give it a flavor to make it exciting to drink.
• Storing water in Copper containers or Silver containers
• Storing water in Earthen pots to cool it down
• Rose petal Drink
• Hibiscus Cooler
• Mint water
• Khus water
• Kokum Drink ( Sour Plum)
• Lemonade
• Limeade
• Green Veggie Juices
• Cucumber water
• Coconut Water
• Specially Formulated drinks like Panak
• Sweet Fruits Juices : Apple, Green Mango Drink
• Sweet Lassi
• Coconut Milk
• Coconut Milk and Sour Plum Drink ( SolKadhi)
• Fresh Sugar cane juice with lime and ginger

3. Cooling Exercises
• Water and Aquatics, Swimming is very good!
• Leisure walks in nature after sunset when it is cooling down, for both Mind and Body.
• Moonlight walks are supposed to be helpful for Pitta Emotions

4. Calming Down : Chill
• Slow down!
• Avoid Overworking, Frequent time pressure and deadline-oriented activities
• Long Commutes are more stressful in summer
• Taking breaks in between helps pacify imbalance
• Take adequate time to work on assignments
• Learn to draw limits
• Using Special Aromatherapy : Lavender, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Peppermint, Patchouli, Jasmine, Neroli, Amber Spice, Myrrh, Frankincense, Woody, Spicy aromas, Pitta Aroma, Blissful Heart etc

5. Protections from Sun
• We all intend to spend a lot of time outdoors in summer and same time we need to make sure we need to Protect ourselves from Sun and heat.
• Best thing to avoid being in direct sunlight during the hottest time of the day.
• Covering your body with reflective, organic cooling cotton clothing is helpful
• Use light colors and white clothes to reflect the sun away from your body
• Loose clothes and cotton fabric keeps our body cool during hot weather
• Drink cooling drinks as listed above when going out in heat or on hot days
• Eat some sweet , seasonal fruit before stepping out the door so the body remains cool from within
• Proper Hydration
• Cover Head and Eyes to protect them from heat
6. Using Summer flowers for Aroma, in drinking water and in Mists
• From Ayurvedic perspective, the Seasonal flowers have a great ability and cooling effect on our Mind and Body.
• Rose, Jasmine and many other very fragrant and mood elevating flowers blossom in this season and they are widely used traditionally for their cooling effects
• People use flowers to decorate their scalp and hair
• Rose is very widely used flower in general for cooling
• Rose Increases Soma ( cooling counterpart of Agni – Lunar)
• Organic Rose Petal Spread
• Cooling soaps like Rose, Khus, Jasmine etc
• Organic Rose water can be used for cooling body as a mist
• Cooling eyes by using cucumber slices or misting with close eyes to cool them
• Using rose water in baths or showers or after bath
7. Cooling Face Masks
• Four basic types of clay
Black : Most cooling
White : Second cooling
Yellow : More for skin infections, Skin conditions, Rashes
Red : more Toning, Astringent, Rashes
There are other ones which are also used like Crater Lake clay, Bentonite etc
• It can also be used with herbs like Lavendar, Rosemary, Sage, Oatmeal to balance other Doshas, as Oat is lubricating so it is good for Vata constitutions and they also pacify Pitta
8. Eye and Face and Body cooling with Cucumber slices, Silk Eye Pillows, Ayurvedic cooling Eye Drops

9. Herbal Formulations
Amla Berry: Morawala: Amla Jam: Wonder fruit, Fruit of Immortality, cooling, good for enhancing Digestion, calming, rich in antioxidant, flavorful, sweet

• Sugar Cane Juice is very popular and widely used for cooling the body and also to give god energy in extreme heat, usually after 2 pm or so and then before Sunset usually. Usually one need to makes sure the juice is squeezed in fresh and clean environment. Most Important things is Juice needs to be consumed in short time after squeezing otherwise it is not considered good for consumption so should not be refrigerated or mixed with ice and avoid drinking after prolonged time.

• There are lot of cooling drinks easily available formulated according to Ayurvedic recipes- like Khus roots ( Vala) and Sandal wood ( Chandan)……….. Here is the recipe for your kind reference:
• Take a moderate size Earthen pot filled with water
• (Earthen pots needs to be cured for few days before the water is ok for consumption as otherwise it leads to Hoarseness of Voice and Laryngeal discomfort, to cure it needs to be filled with water and water to be replaced twice a day for a week or so before drinking water for regular use).
• Take one glass of water, and add
1. Khus roots
2. Anant Mool
3. Sandal Wood – Shredded or piece of sandalwood
4. You can use a small pouch to store all these herbs and
5. Add little Crystal Sugar to the same, which is considered to be very cooling in nature.
6. This mixture helps to cool the body also is a good Thirst Quencher

IF one feel more Thirsty in Summer we can make another small recipe:
• Coriander Seeds – 2 Table spoon
• Cumin seeds – 2 Table spoon
• Crush these seeds in mortar and pestle or in grinder and
• Soak it overnight in cold water like one glass of water.
• Mix little crystal sugar and then drink it whole day little by little
• You can also add Fennel seeds ( Optional)
The other common symptoms is burning Urination with Extreme heat:
Kokum Syrup (Sour Plums)
• Around 20gms of skin of Kokum ( you can buy it dry in Indian stores easily) ,
• pureed after soaking in water
• Glass of water
• 1-3 teaspoon of sugar
• Salt for taste
• Pinch of Cumin for flavor
Now a days you can also buy Kokum syrup ready to be used in most Indian Stores.
Sarivadi Heem :
• Anant Mool
• Khus ( Vala
• Rakta Chandan ( Red Sandalwood)
• Lotus ( Kamal)
• Rose ( Gulab)
• Jasmine ( Mogra)
• Make a mixture of these things with whatever is available.
• Use around 10 gms or one tablespoon of mix in 1 glass of water or you can also dilute in jug of water
• Mix crystal sugar
• This mixture is known to reduce Pitta
• It purifies blood
• It reduces burning sensation in body
• It helps reduce burning urination in summer
• Helps soothe Headaches in summer

• Grapes
• Pomegranates
• Juice these type of fruits and dilute them with water
• Add, shredded Ginger,
• Crystal Sugar
• Dalchini ( Cinnamon)
• Tamal Patra ( Bay Leaf)
• Cardamon ( Vilayachi)
• Black Pepper ( Mire)
• Nag Keshar
• Camphor
• This mixture is known as Panak and is very helpful for
• Giving flavor to mouth
• Enhance Appetite and Digestion
• Giving Satity to stomach
• Vata Pitta Soothing
• Helps gain vitality and reduce fatigue
• Helps reduce dizziness
• Relieves Nausea and Vomiting
• Reduces burning sensation in our body
• Uplifting and energizing both body and mind

Common Diet Guidelines:
• Use Milk
• Fresh butter and Ghee
• Main meal should include,
• Rice,
• Sorghum ( Jowar) ,
• Ragi millet ( Nachani),
• Wheat
• Lentils and Beans :
• Moong beans
• Masoor lentils ( Red Lentils)
• Moth or Matki
• Veggies : Summer Squashes
• Tinda
• Cucumber
• Okra
• Potato
• Spinach
• Spices :
• Cumin
• Corainder
• Cinnamon
• Bay Leaf
• Turmeric
• Kokum
• Cardamom
• Ginger
• Fresh coconut
• Nuts :
• Raisins : Manuka
• Figs ( Anjir)
• Dates dried ( Khajur)
• Soaked Almonds
• Sweets and desserts :
• Rice porridge, Wheat porridge, Coconut sweets, Petha, Sugar and coconut rice etc

Adding rose petals or Khus roots or Jasmine flowers to your drinking water has a wonderful effect on the water!!!
Drinking Durva water (green grass with three leaves on top)