What is Kapha Season?
Ayurveda is one the world’s oldest forms of medicines and surviving holistic healthcare systems. It’s based around the doshas, or energies that circulate in the body, govern psychological activity, physical and spiritual health. Simply put…a whole-body holistic approach that translates to “the science of life” and a sister science to yoga.
In a yoga practice one may be guided through various postures, meditations, and breathing techniques towards unionizing the mind, body, and spirit.
“Doshas are energies that circulate in the body, govern psychological activity, physical and spiritual health.”
Ayurvedic medicine is built around five elements;
Each element is represented in a combination of three dosas known as vata, kapha, and pitta. Every single being on this planet (and perhaps universe) has a unique ratio of each dosha equating to our individual constitutions.
…and that’s just the surface. There are online assessments, practitioners, self awareness, and more resources to assist in determining those unique ratios. On a larger scale, referring to the doshas in the seasons, we are currently in Kapha Season.
Kapha energy manifests in the depths of winter and into the season of spring — this is the time when the qualities of the environment are most cold, heavy, and wettest of the year. Integrating yoga and/or Ayurvedic medicine will only guide to a better understanding of the Self, and perhaps a more conscious self healing journey.
THRIVING IN KAPHA SEASON
- WAKE UP BEFORE KAPHA TIME – before sunrise
- SHAKE IT OFF – literally and/or figuratively
- SPICE THINGS UP – indulge in chili, ginger, cloves (move digestive fire)
- KEEP IT LIGHT – avoid very sweet or very oily foods, omit dairy
- OBSERVE APPETITE – just observe, be kind
- BUNDLE UP – inside & out, in a blanket, or in a cup of tea
- KNOW YOUR REMEDIES – Rest is best, YINFLUENCE*, breathwork, etc.
- WHEN IN DOUBT, CLEANSE + RESET
*Speaking for mySelf — I’ve found adopting an Ayurvedic-inspired routine into my daily life via eating seasonal produce, using a tongue scraper, taking herbal baths, practicing certain styles of yoga during each season to balance the energies, and more! Not only does it make more sense to eat seasonally, but it’s also more cost effective. Integrating seasonal kapha eats such as — roots, leafy greens, and spices like; beets, kale, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, the list goes on! These foods are delicious and may also ease G.I. issues, PMS/PMDD symptoms, and reduce inflammation just to name a few. Long story short, I was once diagnosed with IBS, opted out on the script (applied for a medical cannabis card instead), got an outside opinion (allergy food test & holistic practitioner). From there I decided it was time to set out on my own Self healing journey that started in 2016. By staying humble I learn something with each passing day, each meal, and all of life’s opportunities.
Supporting you in your self healing journey,
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