Our in-house yoga teacher Kali Pearce explains how the application of Ayurveda can help you move into the new season and renew your self-care practice.
There are 3 doshas in Ayurveda which are made up of different elements; earth, water, fire, air and ether. The 3 doshas: Kapha, Pitta and Vata are present in all of nature and within us; however there is often one dosha more dominant than another. The times of day, the seasons and even the time in our life have a more dominant dosha.
Springtime is the season of Kapha. It is a time of rebirth, new beginnings and starting afresh; a time when we can delight in the bleating of newborn lambs, the beauty of nature coming into bloom and days bathed in more sunlight. However, as we have just moved out of winter, a time of slowing down and conserving energy, so coming into spring is like waking from a deep slumber. We can liken this time to the start of a day when it takes the body and mind some time to awaken fully. Kapha is more prevalent in the bookends of the day between 6-10am and 6-10pm. At this time energy and digestive fire – agni – is at its lowest.
First thing in the morning is an ideal time to adopt a daily self-care practice to energise and focus attention for the day to dispel any Kapha-like lethergy.
- Just 3 minutes of deep belly breathing can enliven the body with fresh oxygen and revitalising energy.
- Some energising mindful movement such as Yoga or Tai Chi can help to open up residual tension through the fascia and release stagnant sleep energy from the mind and body.
- A cup of warm lemon and ginger tea can stoke up the digestive fire and cleanse tract ready for breakfast.
- Prepare a short list of 3 goals to achieve through the day – it could be as simple as taking a lunchtime walk or making an important call.
Kapha is made of earth and water with qualities of structure. People with Kapha dosha type in their constitution tend to be grounded, calm and tolerant and full of stamina. They are loving, kind, radiant and joyful. Movement, speech and digestive fire are low with a tendency to put on weight and if Kapha is out of balance they are more susceptible to symptoms of illness from the water and earth elements, such as: coughs, colds, flu and sinus congestion – anything where there may be an overproduction of mucus.
Another way to stay healthy through spring is to eat less Kapha increasing foods such as food that is heavy, moist, sweet and salty (puddings, starchy carbs, dairy, meat). Instead choose more Kapha pacifying foods that are light, easily digestible, warm and stimulating such as: vegetable soups, spicy teas, mung beans and leafy greens.
~ Kali Pearce