Summer is here ... Pitta time!!!
One limb of Yoga is Ayurveda. It means literally, the science or knowledge of life. There are many Vedas in Yoga ... areas of knowledge.
Ayurveda talks about many things, but primarily, 6 tastes and 3 doshas. The 3 tastes are Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter, Pungent, and Astringent. The doshas are any of 3 principles: kapha (earth & fire), pitta (fire & water), and vata (ether & air), which, according to the Ayurvedic construct, are the constituents that orchestrate a person’s mental and physiologic functions, including metabolism and mind/body type. Each of us is affected more by one dosha than another, each season is, and I believe each so is each society/culture.
The temperatures and dispositions of the seasons reflect the doshas. Summer is pitta. For a lot of North Americans, that is a double whammy of Pitta. Our culture is pitta. And then on top of that some individuals are pitta. The pitta dosha runs hot. When it is in a balanced state that means drive, achievement, great intellect, courage, willpower. When it becomes unbalanced, running much too hot it means obsession, rage, jealousy, and one can become bitter and overbearing.
One of the best ways to balance this dosha, especially in the summer months is with diet using the 6 tastes: