Ayurvedic Wellness -

In any given day we all could use a little spice, a bit of something to enrich, or enliven, or just a reason to relish.
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.

Introducing: sweet, 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....