Now it’s time to be in awe—to create harmony with spring through acts of mindfulness and devotion. All we have to do is look around to be inspired at this time of year; renewal and transformation are literally welling up from the ground. The natural world is going through a rebirth.
Spring is kapha season. Kapha is a combination of liquid and earthy Soma (Lunar energy). Kapha is heavy, dense, static, cold, cloudy, oily, soft and gross. It provides lubrication for joints as well as mucus to protect the sensitive tissues of the sinuses, lungs and stomach. When Kapha is balanced, you feel strong and stable. When it is imbalanced, you feel sleepy and mentally dull or depressed. It may cause excess phlegm in the sinuses or lungs, water retention, weight gain or heaviness in the limbs. To balance Kapha, our diet and lifestyle should have the opposing qualities of Kapha, which are light, mobile, hot, clear, hard, rough, dry and subtle. Sweet, sour and salty tastes aggravate Kapha, so they should be limited. Pungent, bitter and astringent tastes balance Kapha and should be favored. Yoga practices like bhastrika and sun salutations should be practiced.
The summer months are a time of light and warmth, and the energy of summer radiates at a high vibration. To balance the heat and energy of the summer season, aim to cultivate the opposite environment on the inside of the body — cool and calm. According to Ayurveda, the science of health native to India, summer inspires the pitta dosha. The doshas are the bodily humors that help to create one’s individual constitution, and there are three different doshas: vata, pitta, kapha. Pitta is driven predominately by the solar force, so when the natural cycle of the seasons brings us to the sunny summer months, it is important to pacify the natural pitta inside our bodies so that we aren’t meeting the hot, fiery external climate with a similar internal energy. In doing so, we allow ourselves to enjoy the full excitement and thrill that summer brings, without being flooded by too much of one energetic force.
But how do we balance that pitta energy? During this time of year, a good counter for the sunny weather would be to create a lunar current within the body by focusing on activities and foods that are cooling. This approach will nourish your system and help increase your energy levels. (Nichole Golden)
"In Ayurveda the fall season corresponds to two major doshas or mind-body principles: Pitta and Vata. Autumn is considered Pitta as long as hot weather prevails, and Vata as it becomes cold. Late fall and winter are known as “Vata season” because they are marked by some of the same qualities that characterize Vata: cold, dry, light, clear, and moving. As long as these qualities are in balance, a person whose dosha is predominantly Vata will be healthy, creative, and exuberant. But when too much Vata accumulates in the body and mind, the imbalance may manifest as physical or emotional disorders, including insomnia, dry skin, arthritis, constipation, high blood pressure, anxiety, and depression. All body types are vulnerable to Vata derangement during autumn and winter, but those who are predominantly Vata types need to be particularly vigilant about staying in balance." by Deepak Chopra
"Ahh. Take a slow, deep breath…winter is here. Everywhere around you the natural world is withdrawing, going dormant, and embracing a long, dark, season of slumber. The stillness that characterizes winter signals us to redirect our own energies inward. It is a time to rest and reflect. Winter is considered to be a kapha season with strong vata undertones. However, in the Canadian Prairies, vata is a strong component of winter. So overall, it is recommended to follow kapha and vata pacifying guidelines during winter.
Ayurveda teaches us that like increases like and that opposites balance. The seasons are characterized by the cycles of vata, pitta, and kapha. Maintaining good health and balance during all four seasons requires living in harmony with the doshic cycles. The food we eat, the type and amount of exercise we do and the clothes we wear, should all correspond to the seasons.