If you’ve recently found yourself tempted to hit “snooze” on your alarm clock or feel more congested and groggy, this kapha time of year may be contributing.
In Ayurveda, the three doshas (vata, pitta and kapha) relate to all aspects of ourselves as well as to the seasons in the year. Kapha dosha, whose season begins in late winter and early spring, provides groundedness and steadiness (a welcome relief after vata season), but when it is imbalanced kapha's damp, heavy nature can slow digestion and weigh down the mind and body. If the doshas are out of balance, you may find increased congestion, constipation, weight gain, water retention and allergies this time of year. If your doshas are in balance, you might notice that you are slowing down a little, even though you continue to feel clear and energized.
Ayurveda offers several methods to balance excess kapha dosha this time of year. Here are some of our favorites:
3. Walk it off: Take a walk of 100 to 1,000 steps after meals to assist the digestive process, which can be slowed by excess kapha. Proper digestion is essential for great health and vitality.
4. Lighten up: In cold and dry vata season, which runs from autumn and early winter, we tend to want heavy and moist foods to provide grounding and lubrication. In this kapha season, use easily digested legumes like split mung beans in your daily meals. Mix quinoa, a light and dry grain, with other grains, such as rice and barley, to reduce excess kapha. Emphasize warm, dry spices, like powdered ginger, and astringent spices like fennel seed or powder. Minimize dairy (keep servings at ½ cup and consume warm or at room temperature) to reduce mucous. If you eat meat, you can quickly address kapha imbalance by minimizing or eliminating meat from your diet.
5. Nasal rinse: Neti is a nasal rinse with a mineral salt solution in a neti pot made for this particular purpose. It does wonders to reduce – and even eliminate – seasonal allergies and congestion. Along with strengthening agni, neti is a great preventative practice to be free of springtime colds that affect so many this time of year.
Stay in balance all year long
Remember, we have all three doshas in us and any one can become imbalanced at any time. Focus on balancing all doshas by eating sattvic foods, meditating, and practicing gentle asanas to bring about the best results. Be conscious of how you feel now and how the changes you make affect you so you can learn more about what keeps you in full health.
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