An Ayurvedic Approach to Seasonal Changes

by Jessica Hunt

Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, gives us guidelines for how to live in a state of balance, peace, and happiness. Through healthy diet and lifestyle routines, we can maintain balance and preserve health.

In the Ayurvedic system, seasonal changes are believed to be a contributing factor to imbalance and disease. By recognizing these changes and adapting our lifestyle accordingly, we have the tools to maintain harmony with nature.

The first step to maintain health and balance is to have a consistent sleep schedule. The best time to wake is early in the morning around sunrise. At this hour, the mind is alert and focused which makes an ideal time to fit in your yoga or meditation practice.

Late Winter & early Spring are considered the Kapha time of year. Kapha’s qualities are moist, cold, heavy, static, and slow. Those with a Kapha predominant nature are especially susceptible to aggravation during the winter months and should be careful to avoid eating excessively, sleeping too much, or lacking physical activity.

During the winter months, choose foods and drinks that are warm, dry, and light to counterbalance the season’s inherent qualities. Reduce sweets and dairy products such as cheese and ice cream. Keep in mind that like qualities aggravate, and opposites balance.

Can’t seem to get rid of that cold or cough? Try a Kapha reducing tea made up of 2 parts ginger, 3 parts cinnamon, and a pinch of cardamom. Also, increasing your vitamin C intake will give you a nice immunity boost.

Here are a few special considerations based on your dosha:

Vata individual’s primary consideration is to maintain a daily routine including meal times, sleeping schedule, exercise, and work habits. If you tend to dry out in the winter, you can also take weekly warm, oil massages. Participate in activities that keep you grounded!

Pitta individuals should remember to let go and enjoy life as they have the tendency toward intense personalities. Take time to slow down and pamper yourself with a soothing activity such as a massage or yoga class.

Kapha constitutions primary aim is to stay active and add a little variety to their life as they have a tendency toward becoming stagnant, especially in the winter months. Try something new and engaging that gets you moving!

Jessica is available for private Ayurvedic consultations.  You may contact her at jessica@yogaonhigh.com for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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