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Late-Winter & Early Spring * Kapha Rhythms

by in Uncategorized September 3, 2020

Grey skies & cold weather, compromise the heavy Kapha Season, a time for Consolidation & Containment – Late-Winter, a time to shelter from the cold in rest & reflection. Kapha’s qualities of Nourishing & Sustaining complement the Season’s inactivity, enabling the mind & body to quietly recharge in preparation for the New Season – Spring! 

Kapha energy is composed of the elements Water & Earth. It has Wet, Cool, Earthy & Oily Qualities that Bind, Stabilize, Lubricate & Sustain. The Seat of Kapha is in the Chest, particularly the Lungs. Kapha energy is linked via its Watery Element to the body’s Lubrication & its Secretions & it also relates to the body’s Nourishment & Supply Systems.

KAPHA SEASON

Kapha reigns from the Damp, Cold days of early Winter through to early Spring. Kapha times of day are from dawn to mid-morning & from early evening until 10pm – these are ideal times to counter Kapha’s Cold Heaviness with some warming exercise to enliven a sluggish mind & body. 

SYMPTOMS OF AGGRAVATED KAPHA

-Digestive Disorders like Loss of Appetite, Nausea, Vomiting & Heaviness in the Stomach 

-Heaviness in the body as a whole, Pallor of Skin, Cold Hands & Feet, Swollen Joints

-Increased Mucus, Cough, Congestion, Swollen Glands 

-Excessive Sleep, Lethargy, Lack of Concentration 

-Mentally Feeling Dull, Emotionally Heavy & Depressed, Reduced Sensory Acuity

-Overeating, especially Sweet & Moist Foods 

-Greediness, Bottling up Feelings, Avoidance of Change

 HOW TO BALANCE KAPHA

Motivation & Stimulation! Make Variability, Lightness & Change your Mantras. Give the old routine a gentle shake now & then to keep from getting stuck in a rut. Once you do get Moving, make sure to Change Direction again every so often. At least make sure you introduce Action & Variety into your free time. Above all, let Excitement & Challenge into your life! 

-Seek Out the New 

-Work Out, Move, Flow

-Don’t Oversleep

-Don’t Overeat – Avoid excessively Sweet, Sour & Salty, Heavy Foods

-Spring – a Good Time to Detoxify! 

WARMING, CLEANSING HERBS & SPICES 

-All Spices, especially Black Pepper, Cardamom, Cayenne, Cinnamon, Cloves, Garlic, Ginger, Mustard, Turmeric 

-Limit Salt. 

WARMING, PURIFYING AROMATHERAPY 

-Basil, Black Pepper, Camphor, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Juniper, Lemon, Lemongrass, Orange, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme 

-Apricot, Jojoba, Sweet Almond or Castor Oil – as Carrier Oil for the above Essential Oils. Always Quality, Cold-pressed. Always use as recommended or instructed. 

YOGA FOR KAPHA SEASON

To counter lethargy, Stimulating, Heat-Building Exercise is called for. Bring Movement to your Yoga Practice by Flowing in & out of the Postures. Build a Stronger, Invigorating Practice in a slow & steady way.

Always start your Practice with Gentle warming-up rounds of Sun Salutations. Enjoy the Flow of your Daily Practice! 

SOME GENTLY-INVIGORATING POSTURES 

-Perfect Energizing Foundation moving with the Breath: Surya Namaskar / Sun Salutation

-Uttanasana / Standing Forward Bend

-Adho Mukha svanasana / Downward Facing Dog

-Setu Bandha Sarvangasana / Bridge Pose 

-Sarvangasana / Shoulder Stand

-Bharadvajasana / Sage Twist

-Urdhva Prasarita Padasana / Upward Extended Foot Pose

-Navasana / Boat Pose

-Savasana / Corpse Pose

*For Excellent Yoga Practice Guidance: Yoga and Ayurveda by David Frawley. 

Spring is in the air – even though the air is still cold! Soon all living things will Emerge from Winter Hibernation. If you Stay in Harmony by Eating & Living According to the Seasons & Your Constitution, you will experience a minimum of Spring-time aggravation. 

Sunny days ahead – Inner Strength & Stamina will get us there! 

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