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Wed, Jul 20


San Rafael

Ayurvedic Cooking Class: Cooling Pitta in Summertime

“Beat the heat of summer and balance your body's Pitta dosha with the ancient wisdom of Ayurvedic cooking. In this immersive 4-hour class, you'll learn how to prepare delicious and nourishing dishes specifically designed to cool and soothe Pitta dosha during the hot summer months.

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Ayurvedic Cooking Class: Cooling Pitta in Summertime
Ayurvedic Cooking Class: Cooling Pitta in Summertime

Time & Location

Jul 20, 2022, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

San Rafael, 503 D St, San Rafael, CA 94901, USA


About the event

Learning Outcomes:

1. Understand the basic principles of Ayurvedic cooking.

2. Identify the characteristics of Pitta dosha and recognize signs of imbalance.

3. Learn cooking techniques and ingredients to balance Pitta dosha in summertime.

4. Prepare a variety of cooling Ayurvedic dishes suitable for summer.

5. Gain practical tips for incorporating Ayurvedic principles into daily cooking


Course Outline:

Introduction to Ayurvedic Cooking (30 mins)

 Overview of Ayurveda and its principles.

 Explanation of the three doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.

 Understanding the qualities of Pitta dosha.

Understanding Pitta Imbalance in Summer (30 mins)

 Characteristics of Pitta dosha in balance and imbalance.

 Common signs of Pitta imbalance during summer.

 Importance of cooling foods and practices.

Cooking Techniques for Pitta Balance (1 hour)

 Introduction to cooling cooking methods: steaming, boiling, and sautéing with

cooling oils.

 Selection of cooling ingredients: fresh herbs, vegetables, and fruits.

 Balancing flavors with Ayurvedic spices and herbs.

Hands-on Cooking Session (1.5 hours)

Step-by-step preparation of cooling Pitta-balancing recipes:

 Cucumber Mint Raita

 Coconut Cilantro Chutney

 Quinoa Salad with Summer Vegetables

 Mint-Lemon Cooler (Beverage)

Tasting and Discussion (30 mins)

 A sampling of prepared dishes.

 Q& A session: Clarification of cooking techniques and ingredient selection.

Conclusion and Integration (30 mins)

 Recap of key concepts learned during the class.

 Tips for incorporating Ayurvedic cooking principles into daily routines.

 Closing thoughts and resources for further exploration.

Sample Menu:

1. Cucumber Mint Raita

 Ingredients:

 1 cup plain yogurt

 1 cucumber, peeled and grated

 1 carrot, peeled and grated

 2 tbsp fresh mint leaves, chopped

 1 tsp cumin

 Salt to taste

2. Coconut Cilantro Chutney

 Ingredients:

 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves

 1/2 cup grated coconut

 2 green tomatillo chili

 1 mango

 1-inch ginger piece

 1 tbsp lime juice

 Salt to pepper

3. Quinoa Salad with Summer Vegetables

 Ingredients:

 1 cup quinoa, cooked

 1 cup mixed summer vegetables (e.g., bell peppers, cherry

tomatoes, cucumbers)

 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

 1 tbsp olive oil

 Juice of 1 lemon

 Salt and pepper to taste

4. Refreshing Mint-Pomegranate Cooler:

 Ingredients:

 3 cups water

 1 cup aloe juice

 Juice of 3 limes

 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves

 Seeds from 1 pomegranate

 2 tbsp maple syrup (optional)


In this Ayurvedic cooking class, you' ve embarked on a journey to understand and

balance Pitta dosha during the summer season. By incorporating cooling ingredients,

cooking techniques, and mindful practices, you' ve learned how to create nourishing

dishes that promote harmony and well-being within your body. As you continue to

explore the principles of Ayurvedic cooking, may you find joy and balance in every meal,

fostering health and vitality throughout the seasons?

The three doshas, according to Ayurveda, are fundamental energies that govern the

functioning of the human body and mind. They are known as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.

Each dosha is a combination of the five elements: ether (space), air, fire, water, and

earth, with varying proportions giving rise to distinct qualities and characteristics. Here's

a detailed description of each dosha:

1. Vata: Vata is primarily composed of the elements air and ether. It governs

movement, including bodily movements such as breathing, circulation, and nerve

impulses, as well as mental processes like creativity and communication. When

balanced, Vata individuals tend to be lively, enthusiastic, creative, and adaptable.

However, when out of balance, they may experience anxiety, restlessness,

digestive issues, and dryness in the skin.

2. Pitta: Pitta is predominantly made up of fire and a small amount of water. It

governs metabolism, digestion, and transformation in the body. Pitta types are

usually of medium build with sharp intellects and strong digestion. They tend to

be ambitious, focused, and determined. When in balance, Pitta individuals exhibit

qualities of leadership, intelligence, and warmth. However, an excess of Pitta can

lead to irritability, inflammation, skin rashes, acidity, and anger.

3. Kapha: Kapha is primarily composed of earth and water. It governs structure and

stability in the body, providing lubrication, support, and nourishment to the

tissues. Kapha types are typically sturdy, grounded, and possess a calm

demeanor. They tend to have strong immunity, endurance, and emotional

stability. When balanced, Kapha individuals display qualities of compassion,

patience, and loyalty. However, an imbalance in Kapha can manifest as weight

gain, sluggishness, congestion, attachment, and lethargy.


In summertime, when the external environment tends to be hot and intense, it's

particularly important to focus on cooling down Pitta, as excess heat can aggravate Pitta

dosha and lead to various imbalances in the body and mind. Here are some strategies

to cool down Pitta during the summertime: Individuals with a predominant Pitta dosha

benefit greatly from incorporating specific foods into their diet to help balance their fiery

nature and cool down their bodies. Pitta-pacifying foods are typically sweet, bitter, and

astringent in taste, with cooling properties that help soothe inflammation and reduce

internal heat. Examples of such foods include sweet fruits like melons, grapes, and

berries, which not only hydrate the body but also provide essential vitamins, minerals,

and antioxidants to support overall health. Additionally, leafy greens such as lettuce,

spinach, and kale offer a refreshing and nourishing option, packed with nutrients while

being light on the digestive system. Cucumbers, with their high-water content, are

particularly beneficial for Pitta individuals as they help maintain hydration and promote a

feeling of coolness. Incorporating these summertime foods into the diet not only helps to

pacify Pitta dosha but also supports optimal digestion, skin health, and overall well-

being during the hotter months.

1. Dietary Adjustments: Consume foods that have a cooling effect on the body,

such as sweet fruits (e.g., melons, berries), leafy greens, cucumbers, coconut

water, and mint. Avoid spicy, oily, and fried foods, as well as caffeine and

alcohol, which can further increase internal heat.

2. Hydration: Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated and support

the body's natural cooling mechanisms. Additionally, sipping on herbal teas like

peppermint or coriander can help cool Pitta.

3. Avoid Excessive Sun Exposure: Pitta individuals should avoid prolonged

exposure to the sun, especially during the hottest parts of the day. Seek shade,

wear loose, breathable clothing, and use natural sun protection like hats and


4. Mind-Body Practices: Engage in calming and grounding activities such as yoga,

meditation, and deep breathing exercises to reduce stress and balance Pitta's

fiery nature.

5. Cooling Herbs and Oils: Incorporate cooling herbs and essential oils into your

daily routine, such as aloe vera, coriander, fennel, rose, and sandalwood. These

can help soothe inflammation, calm the mind, and balance Pitta dosha.

6. Regular Exercise: Engage in moderate, cooling exercises like swimming, gentle

yoga, and walking during the cooler parts of the day to maintain physical fitness

without overheating the body.

By paying attention to these strategies and making conscious lifestyle choices,

individuals with a dominant Pitta constitution can keep their dosha in balance and enjoy

a harmonious relationship with the summertime environment. Balancing Pitta not only

promotes physical health but also enhances mental clarity, emotional stability, and

overall well-being.

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