Sometimes being Pitta can feel like a curse– the intense emotions, easy fluctuations in weight, and the bulldozer-esque drive. Yet be it a curse or not, it powers me through life, yoga, and love.
Having drive and commitment is a great thing, most of the time, but sometimes when my Vatta imbalances take over the mind, focus gets pushed and pulled in so many directions it’s easy to get worn down. Luckily, I’ve learned some Ayurvedic tricks to control this– giving up caffeine, alcohol, and other stimulants, eating more Kaphic foods, oiling daily with coconut oil, and using lavender oil on the pulse points when I get stressed– and they put my feet back on the ground allowing me to move in a more linear direction.
Post-holidays, I was so eager to get back into routine and put the Dosha imbalances at bay. After too many beverages and indulgences at Christmas, not paying enough attention to my diet and sleep schedule, I was ready to return to normalcy. Now that I’m starting to feel more like my organized self, I’ve begun to realize that I have subconsciously been scheduling and routine-ing out all the fun!
I find that when I really start going deeper into my internal practices, reading, and really putting the practice of Svadhyaya at the forefront of my journey, I can take myself a little too seriously and forget to have fun! As a yogini, I want to take part in wholesome, practice-empowering activities and limit (or ideally eliminate) those destructive and distracting time consumers.
A few ways to stay on track and have fun at the same time:
1. Read a book!
There are books out there that support your knowledge and practice, but still have real story lines! It’s okay to ditch the holy books and textbooks every once in a while!
“How Yoga Works” is one of my favorite reads!!
2. Take a workshop just for fun!
Try getting out of that teacher training cycle and take a workshop just for fun! Take a workshop with a friend or loved one and try something new like AcoYoga!
I am so pumped for this workshop next month!
3. Get a massage!
If you’ve been taking and teaching tons of yoga, don’t forget to give your body a little R&R. Take care of your body and it will take care of you! (If your budget is tight like mine, take advantage of your loved one and have a night of massaging each other! It’s free and it can be romantical!)
4. Cook and eat with friends!
Learn something new and go deeper into your kitchen practice! Invite friends over for a potluck style get-together and try a new vegetarian recipe! Potluck is great because then you don’t have to stress over cooking all the food by yourself and you get to spend time with friends you may not have seen in months! Maybe add a theme to your potluck for some added festive vibes, but just remember, have fun, so don’t pick anything too stressful to prepare!
Ask guests to label: “vegan” and “gluten free” if you have friends with food restrictions!
5. Go for a hike!
Use free time to take advantage of the great outdoors! Grab a friend, dog, or just go by yourself! Maybe you can even catch some meditation time if notion moves you!
“To ensure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.”