Kapha Season Is Here!
Kapha season has arrived! Kapha is dominant in both late Winter and Spring season as the weather is changing the ground is no longer frozen and getting muddy and wet. We tend to have more rain during this season and nature is starting to build itself up again. Flowers and trees are starting to grow, it the season in which structure is created and the building blocs are being made for the Summer that will soon come.
The elements Water and Earth that create the foundation and these building blocs can make us feel heavy and sluggish during this time of year. There can also be a tendency to have more problems with the respiratory system, water retention and fatigue in general.
To balance the dominant Kapha elements it is good to get the body moving! Get your heart pumping with a strong vinyasa yoga class, improve circulation circulation with body massage with a Kapha balancing oil, and go outside! Take deep breaths, get up early and go to bed early, but don’t take naps during the day. Eat fresh foods that are relatively light and stimulate digestion like ginger and warming salads. Avoid heavy and sweet foods.
Engage your mind in creative and challenging projects.
On our Ayurvedic platform you will find the exercises, the foods and the conscious lifestyle choices best to make during this Kapha Season.
The best times of day to exercise are in the early morning and evening hours (7–10 a.m. and 5–9 p.m.). So basically our program hours fit this season perfectly! If vata is predominant in the atmosphere (with dry and windy weather) you will want to favor a slow, gentle, and strengthening exercise routine. If on the other hand, kapha is the more influential force at any given time (with heavy, cloudy weather, and rain or snow) you will want to push yourself physically, increasing both the duration and intensity of your work-out.
Winter is actually the season when the digestive fire is strongest. The body requires more fuel to stay warm and healthy in the winter months, and the cold weather forces the fire principle deep into the core of the body - igniting the digestive capacity. Our bodies therefore crave a more substantial, nutritive diet at this time of year, and you will likely find yourself wanting to eating larger quantities of food. Your diet is a simple, strong and easy way to balance Kapha this winter. Substantive, nourishing foods in small portions that are brought to life with warming, stimulating spices, and served warm or hot, will help you maintain your internal reserves through the Kapha season.
The Conscious Club has some delicious treats on the menu that are perfectly suitable during this Kapha season:
- Vegan beetroot and blueberry muffins
- Indian Dahl
One of the most effective ways to support Kapha is by establishing an active daily routine. Set the tone for your day by rising around 7 am, taking full advantage of the silence, stillness, and peace in the early morning hours. Then it's good to start your morning with some Sun salutations to get the body moving. You can awaken your tissues by massaging your skin using energising organic Kapha oil. Follow this practice with a warm, relaxing shower, leaving a coat of oil on the skin to absorb throughout the day. Taking a walk through the park or an active yoga class will further your sense of stability and wellness. Make sure you stay warm, cover your head when going outside and keep your hands and feet warm.
Ayurveda considers a seasonal routine an important cornerstone of health, year around. Balancing the nature of your local climate with lifestyle choices that offset the potential for seasonally induced imbalance is one of the simplest ways that you can protect your wellbeing. But, keep in mind that the seasons vary widely from one place to another, as do the qualities that they engender.
The seasons also affect a healthy practice. The season of cold dampness increases Kapha. The season of warm weather increases Pitta. The season of cool dryness increases Vata, as does the windy season. During the Kapha season, a practice that is more stimulating and warming is better. In the Pitta season, a practice that is cooling is best. In the Vata season, a calming practice supports greater health.
The fall brings with it a predominance of air element and prana, the vital breath, the subtle essence of life, is abundant in the atmosphere. Autumn is dry, rough, windy, erratic, cool, subtle, and clear. These are all qualities shared by Vata dosha, and because like increases like, autumn is considered a Vata season.
Everywhere around you the natural world is withdrawing, going dormant, and embracing a long, dark, season of slumber. There is a particular stillness that characterizes winter, and with it comes a subtle invitation to redirect our own energies.
Our physiology senses a natural opportunity for a fresh, clean start; our bodies are primed to lighten things up, cleanse ourselves of any accumulated imbalances, and rejuvenate our deepest tissues. As the natural world emerges from its long winter slumber, it is common to experience a renewed sense of joy and inspiration.
Summer, like each of the seasons, arrives with its own distinct personality. Depending on your constitution, summer may increase your internal sense of harmony, or it may aggravate one of your innate tendencies.