In any given day we all could use
a little spice, a bit of something to enrich, or enliven, or just a reason to
In what ways do you feel a breath
of fresh air, a spring to your step, a feeling as if you are dancing on the
inside, maybe you're dancing on the outside. Rasa is that which gives us
contentment, repose, relish, luxurious feeling, a vacation mode moment, but
rasa is also taste, the essence of a substance, the mood, feeling, energy, or
taste of a substance.
The rasa of tastes, mindfulness of experiencing the six tastes and favoring those that match the season and your body type.
If we can get the six tastes through our food we may find
that later in the day we don't crave less healthy choices of a particular
taste, especially the commonly over used one, sweet or for some salty, which we
might be craving for stress or emotional reasons anyway.
sour, salty, bitter, astringent, pungent
In late winter and spring favor bitter, astringent, pungent
In summer favor sweet, bitter, astringent
In fall and early winter favor sweet, sour, salty
Vata dosha is increased with
astringent, bitter, pungent and is decreased with sweet, sour, salty; pitta
dosha is increased with sour, salty, pungent and is decreased by sweet,
astringent, bitter; and kapha dosha is increased with sweet, sour, salty and
decreased with astringent, bitter, pungent. Check out my dosha page for what
the heck doshas are.
See Myurveda Blog The Six Tastes
Check back soon for a list of foods and what taste category they're in....