Ayurveda associates every season with doshas or certain set of qualities. Ayurveda believes that vata dosha governs winter (associated with cold, dry and dark), while the spring season begins wet and cold in March, and ends up wet and hot in June and is characterized by kapha dosha.
Ayurveda holds the transition between seasons as being highly critical for health. For instance, during the winters or the vata season, we generally consume foods that are heavy, oily, sweet or dense, but, this is surely not favourable for Kapha season or the spring season.
Hence, mentioned here are basic guidelines from Ayurveda involving diet and lifestyle adjustments, and some quick tips to take care of your body during the kapha or spring season:
Kapha Dosha governs structure and fluid balance in the body. The main role of kapha is stability and structure.
Symptoms of increased kapha: If you have some or all of the below mentioned symptoms, you may be having excess kapha in your body.
Some symptoms are – lethargy, heaviness, excess sleep, cold skin, cough, slow digestion, lack of motivation.
For reducing excess kapha: Fast once a week for twenty four hours. Foods with pungent, bitter and astringent tastes are best for kapha. Reduce sweet, sour and salty foods. Maintain lunch as your largest meal, and ensure that you get good physical exercise. Take regular baths and saunas to promote sweating.
Quick tips for kapha balance:
Eat hot food and drink hot and stimulating beverages.
Keep lunch as your largest meal of the day.
Consume more green leafy vegetables and legumes. Include ginger, clobes and cinnamon to your food. Avoid dairy products as they produce mucus.
Using raw honey helps liquefy kapha and gets it out of your system.
Its best to wake up before sunrise, as waking up after sunrise makes you more lethargic.
Kapha time of the day is usually between 6am to 10am. Exercise briskly during this time.
Avoid napping during the day, and remain seated for 5 to 10 minutes to get the food processed by your digestive tract. Napping slows down metabolism and reduces fire needed for digestion. Sip hot water all through the day.
Use barley, buckwheat, corn, rye and millet and cut down on wheat and rice. Avoid heavy meats and fried foods.
Eat light breakfast, good lunch and very light dinner.
Indulge in stimulating and rejuvenating body therapies.
Practise yoga asanas in the morning including the Sun Salutation, Locust, fish, Bow, Boat, Lion and Camel and inversions. These postures help open the chest, relieve congestion, stretch the throat and help drain the sinuses.
Yoga postures can be followed by some Pranayama, particularly ‘Bhastrika’ which will cleanse kapha dosha. After breathing exercises, sit for some quiet meditation.
On knowing your true nature, you can take complete charge of your health and well-being.