Spring is a magical and dynamic time of year.
As nature moves out of the cold, wet, dark days of winter towards spring, the pulse of life quickens, warmth creeps in and everything blossoms and unfurls.
As we are part of nature, we too feel this shift. As we emerge from the long winter slumber, it is common to experience a renewed sense of joy and inspiration.
But for many of us, the Spring season is also associated with colds, hay fever, lethargy, congestion and the dreaded Spring allergies.
We need to transition from one season to the next, ideally smoothly and gracefully to feel in harmony and balance. This is where the knowledge of Ayurveda is invaluable! Ayurveda offers an appropriate seasonal routine that can help us to overcome spring’s challenges while promoting optimal health so that we can truly celebrate the gifts this season has to offer.
The rishis (the ancient mystical “seers” who founded the Yoga & Meditation tradition) created rituals and routines to honour each season and to remind us of our connection to the natural world. They devised ‘Seasonal Routines’ to allow us to follow her rhythms.
Spring sees the transition from Vata to Kapha in the environment. Spring is a season characterised by warmth (or at least less cold here in Melbourne), moisture, and a palpable softness.
Ayurveda teaches us that like increases like. So, by its very nature, springtime tends to increase Kapha in our mind and body.
Therefore, A bit of Kapha accumulation is somewhat inevitable for most of us this time of year which can lead to symptoms such as coughs, colds and flu, sinus congestion and aggravation of allergies. Kapha imbalance can also create a feeling of heaviness in the mind and body, fluid retention, along with sluggish digestion.
Here are some gentle tips to implement in diet or lifestyle to balance Kapha this spring.
Begin to minimise:
Ways to Balance Kapha Dosha: