I know it’s still snowing up north, but believe it or not, we are right smack dab in the middle of a seasonal change (especially here in Florida).
We’re moving from winter to spring and in terms of Ayurveda, that means moving from Vata Season to Kapha Season. Say goodbye to the random bouts of anxiety, the flighty feelings, dry skin, sleeping troubles, and feelings of depression that sometimes arise during this season, and get used to the incessant allergies, the heaviness, the stickiness and the laziness associated with Kapha Season.
The change of season affects everyone differently (depending on their Ayurvedic constitution). I’m primarily of Vata constitution, so for me, transitioning into spring is like a huge sigh of relief. But for someone who is primarily of a Kapha constitution, this season might bring more of the woes I previously mentioned.
If you’re not familiar with Ayurveda, it’s basically a holistic approach to managing your physical and mental wellbeing. It’s a sister science to yoga and it’s based on the idea that we are each born with certain qualities that determine our Ayurvedic constitution or Prakriti, and our Ayurvedic constitution determines what lifestyle conditions are best for our overall health.
The vata constitution is associated with air and space. That means we are more prone to anxiety and flightiness, we’re more susceptible to colder weather, plus we may experience more insomnia, dry skin and high blood pressure. These are also qualities that are brought out more in the winter months (when it’s cold and dry outside).
During the springtime, things are warmer, wetter and heavier, like water and earth – both qualities of kapha. People with kapha constitutions tend to have problems with excess mucus, dampness, laziness, heaviness, and sometimes depression. Unfortunately, shifting into the Kapha Season can mean trouble for these guys, especially if their kapha is not well balanced.
So what can you do to combat the change in season?
Here are a few tips from Ayurveda you may find beneficial when dealing with the seasonal change from winter to spring.
- Yoga with a focus on gentle backbends.
- Add more detoxifying foods to your diet (bitter greens, apples, beets, pomegranates, ghee, and most spices.)
- Eliminate heavier foods like casseroles, pastas, and stews, at least until next fall/winter
- Eat more fruits and vegetables that are in season. Mother nature produces certain foods during certain times of year for a reason.
- Exercise daily
- Get up and moving before 6:00 am (I know you totally don’t want to, but it will make you feel better, promise).
- Daily meditation
These are just a few things you can do to combat the natural effects of the changing season. If you liked this post and are interested in reading more about Ayurveda, let me know in the comments below!