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Ayurvedic Tips for Nicaraguan Summer and Windy Season

Embrace the Summer Winds: A Dance with Nature in Surf and Yoga Sessions

Let's surrender to the gentle whispers of the summer winds by the lake of volcanoes, where surf and yoga become a soulful journey. 🌬️ Join us as we gracefully navigate the current breeze, sharing insights that align with the elements surrounding us.

Dancing with the Elements: Vata and Pitta in Nature 🌿☀️

Picture the wind, a playful manifestation of Vata – the air and ether element, and the summer days embodying the fiery essence of Pitta. As the wind rustles through the trees and the sun beats down, these elements rise, influencing not only our surroundings but also our surf and yoga experiences. Understanding this dance helps us tailor our approach for a harmonious ride and life!!

Windy Season Tips for the Waves & Mat:

🗺️ Seek Sheltered Spots: Explore waves with natural windbreaks, creating a serene haven for smoother rides.

🪷 Pacifying Vata and Pitta: In the midst of wind and heat, harmonize Vata and Pitta doshas by anchoring yourself. Opt for warming foods, sip on calming teas, and indulge in a refreshing post-surf self-massage.

🐚 Choose a Bigger Board, Embrace Slower Yoga: Enhance stability with a larger board, dancing gracefully with the wind. On the yoga mat, slow down your practice, syncing your movements with the rhythmic flow of nature.

📅 Check Wind Forecasts: Strategize your sessions based on wind patterns for the optimal surf experience. If the wind is too wild, consider a break by the pool or ocean – safety first!

🎉 Embrace the Elemental Challenge: View the wind as a spirited companion in your surfing and yoga adventure. Each gust becomes an opportunity to grow, to adapt, and to ride the waves with a renewed sense of joy.

Share your windy escapades with us using #GratefulSurfWindRide. Let's ride these gusts together, celebrating the magic of wind and waves! 🌀🌊

Stay stoked, surf with gratitude, and move harmoniously with the elements! 🤙✨

Balancing Vata and Pitta: Embrace Harmony with Dinacharya

Dinacharya, the ancient Ayurvedic practice of daily routine, serves as a cornerstone for maintaining balance and promoting well-being. For individuals with dominant Vata and Pitta doshas, a mindful and consistent dinacharya can be a game-changer. Let's explore practical tips and rituals tailored to harmonize Vata and Pitta energies.

Vata-Pacifying Dinacharya:

Morning Routine:

  • Early Rise: Wake up before 6:00 AM to synchronize with the calm energy of the early morning.

  • Oil Massage (Abhyanga): Nourish your skin and calm Vata with warm sesame oil or a Vata-pacifying oil. Massage your entire body, paying extra attention to joints.

  • Warm Shower: Follow the oil massage with a warm shower to enhance circulation and promote relaxation.

  • Gentle Exercise: Engage in gentle, grounding exercises like yoga or Tai Chi to stabilize Vata. Midday:

  • Balanced Meals: Consume warm, nourishing meals at regular intervals. Include cooked, moist, and easily digestible foods. Favor sweet, sour, and salty tastes.

  • Hydration: Sip warm water or herbal teas throughout the day to stay hydrated. Avoid excessive cold or iced beverages. Evening Routine:

  • Warm Dinner: Opt for a warm, well-cooked dinner before 8:00 PM. Include grains, cooked vegetables, and mild spices.

  • Tech Detox: Minimize screen time at least an hour before bedtime to support a restful night's sleep.

Bedtime Ritual: Create a calming bedtime routine with activities like reading, gentle stretching, or meditation.

Pitta-Pacifying Dinacharya:

Morning Routine:

  • Moderate Rise: Wake up around 6:00 AM, allowing the mind to gradually transition from the restful state.

  • Cooling Abhyanga: Use coconut or sunflower oil for a cooling abhyanga. Focus on massaging the body without excessive pressure.

  • Cool Shower: Follow the oil massage with a cool or lukewarm shower to pacify Pitta's heat.

  • Moderate Exercise: Engage in moderate, cooling exercises like swimming or walking to balance Pitta. Midday:

  • Balanced Meals: Opt for meals that are not too hot or too cold. Favor sweet, bitter, and astringent tastes. Include ample fresh fruits and vegetables.

  • Hydration: Drink room temperature or cool water. Include herbal teas like peppermint or chamomile for their cooling properties. Evening Routine:

  • Light Dinner: Choose a light, Pitta-balancing dinner with a focus on green, leafy vegetables and grains.

  • Tech Detox: Minimize exposure to screens in the evening to promote a calm mind.

  • Early Sleep: Aim to go to bed by 10:00 PM to align with the natural rhythm and optimize Pitta's rejuvenation during the night. General Tips:

  • Mindful Eating: Chew your food thoroughly, and savor each bite to enhance digestion.

  • Regular Routine: Establish consistent meal and sleep times to support the body's natural rhythm.

  • Stress Management: Incorporate stress-reducing practices like meditation, deep breathing, or gentle yoga.

Harmony through Ayurvedic Nutrition at Grateful Surf Yoga & Ayurveda

Embark on a culinary journey that aligns with your unique constitution at Grateful Surf Yoga & Ayurveda. Led by Chetana Karla Shakti, our Ayurvedic Practitioner, we curate dietary guidelines to foster balance and well-being based on your predominant dosha—Vata, Pitta, or Kapha. Explore the tailored dietary insights below to support your journey to harmony:

Vata-Pacifying Diet:


  • Pungent, bitter, and astringent foods

  • Cold and leftover meals

  • Raw vegetables, yeasted foods, and light snacks

  • Caffeine, alcohol, and cold drinks


  • Warm, freshly cooked meals

  • Moist and easily digestible foods

  • Whole grains like basmati rice

  • Sweet fruits and warm beverages

  • Ghee, sesame oil, and Vata-pacifying spices

Pitta-Pacifying Diet:


  • Sour, salty, and pungent foods

  • Deep-fried and fermented items

  • Frozen and excessively spicy meals

  • Sour fruits and dairy products


  • Cool, freshly cooked dishes

  • Sweet, bitter, and astringent tastes

  • Moderate spices like coriander and mint

  • Sweet fruits and cooling beverages

  • Ghee, coconut oil, and Pitta-balancing spices

Kapha-Pacifying Diet:


  • Sweet, sour, and salty foods

  • Heavy and oily substances

  • Dairy products, avocados, and frozen meals

  • Excessive fats and fried foods


  • Warm, light, and freshly cooked meals

  • Bitter, pungent, and astringent tastes

  • Legumes, leafy greens, and a variety of vegetables

  • Light oils like sesame or olive oil

  • Kapha-balancing spices and warming beverages

Ayurveda recommends practicing mindfulness around eating, considering the qualities of each dosha. Whether you are a Vata, Pitta, or Kapha dominant individual, the Ayurvedic diet aims to nourish your body, mind, and spirit. Embrace the wisdom of Ayurveda to foster balance and vitality, complementing your retreat experience at Grateful Surf Yoga & Ayurveda.

For personalized guidance, schedule an Ayurvedic consultation with one of our Practitioners to continue your holistic culinary journey that aligns with your unique constitution in consideraton. Discover the art of mindful eating and unlock the transformative power of Ayurvedic nutrition.

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