I’ve always liked the time before dawn – it reminds me of who I am – not who I am suppose to be.
(Paraphrased from Brian Andreas)
Applying the concept of “I am” is important to your health. In order to best feed the mind and body with appropriate nutrients – food, exercise and meditation – we start with the essential ingredient of exploring “who am I today” or “I am”.
When you evaluate your movement each day, your stability and metabolism most specifically, you begin to discover the Ayurvedic way of uncovering the balance (or lack thereof) in your natural constitution, best known as your dosha.
Dosha means deficit.
Dosha identification provides a platform for evaluating your mind-body condition on any particular day or season or circumstance. Basic nature (prakriti) and current conditions (vikruti) weave a beautiful tapestry and tell an individual story about the qualities of your mind and body and attitude.
According to the laws of nature and the Ayurvedic way, the months of February to May encompass as the Kapha Season in the Western hemisphere.
Kapha Season is the encroaching end of winter and the beginning of Spring. The earth begins to thaw – moisture abounds, trees and flowers blossom, and animals ascend from hibernation. In many ways, human beings experience the same changes.
Our bodies become less stiff as we emerge from our homes during this seasonal shift. We experience a basic desire to bond with the new season and we become aware of the stagnancy of winter. Our bodies, like the earth, begin to naturally soften and unfreeze. We innately take to the great and beautiful outdoors. During this cycle, we have a great opportunity to cleanse and purify the body from toxins (amas).
The Kapha dosha is governed by the earth and water elements. A balanced kapha dosha is responsible for stability and mobility in our bodies and minds. An imbalanced kapha dosha can often result in lethargy, weight gain and a build-up of more toxins.
So back to the quote at the top of this page!
To balance the mind and body, we are meant to:
- Wake up early each day this Spring
- Assess the conditions relating to stability and mobility in yourself
- Spend a few moments in silence to meditate on the language of your body and mind – to get to know yourself before the day gets the best of you
The Spring Equinox ushers in longer daylight. The light brings a sense of ease and the opportunity to experience, enjoy, contemplate, and explore all that a naturally bright and light world has to offer.
So what does that mean?
It means you have the chance to easily shift who you are and how you can attend to your health.
As you begin this important journey towards balance, ask yourself four questions:
- Do you feel sluggish, tired, lazy, swollen?
- Is there a tendency toward allergies or upper respiratory infection?
- Are you experiencing a heavy watery quality within your body?
- Can you adjust your sleep pattern slightly to wake earlier and be more active?
If you answered one or more of these questions with a “YES! That’s ME!”, then it’s time to balance your Kapha constitution and free your body and mind from toxins and stagnancy.
Don’t worry, it is much easier than you might think. In fact, all we truly need is a deep dose of common sense.
Ayurveda is awakening the doctor within, so trust what you discover. Learn to be your own medic and healer so to worn of “dis-ease” and discomfort.
To assist you in balancing the Spring Kapha Dosha, make a few simple changes in your food choices, your yoga or exercise practice, and your daily duties by the doing the following:
- A three to seven day cleanse designed as a mono-diet reset the 10 major functions of the body and mind.
- Drink one cup of warm lemon water every hour.
- Exercise your body for a brief 5 minutes each hour of your waking day.
- Say something kind or do someone a favor at least 3 times per day.
- Decongest – use a neti pot or some spicy nasya oil daily to cleanse debris in your sinuses.
- Wake up before sunrise – take a walk in the rising sun.
- Include these yoga postures in your daily practice: Setu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose), Salamba Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand), and Virabhadrasana 1, 2 and 3 (your Warrior postures). Be sure to include twists as well.
- Fuel your inner fire by pausing briefly at the top of inhalation and bottom of exhalation.
- Start your day with an invigorating dry brush massage to move and circulate your lymph.
- Eat as a queen for breakfast; a king at lunch, and a pauper at dinner.
- Modify your diet with these simple shifts:
- Rather than eating wheat, incorporate barley and rice into your meals.
- Go vegetarian as often as you can, including beans instead of meat.
- Enjoy lots of Greens, including these Kapha friendly vegetables: asparagus, artichokes, cabbage, beets, broccoli, zucchini, radish, swiss chard.
- Stay away from root vegetables, tofu, yogurt, milk, butter, sugar cane products, sweets, avocado, banana, oranges, mango, melons, salt, meat, eggs, and cold beverages
- Think spicy, astringent tastes, including the following spices: pepper, ginger, cumin, cinnamon, dandelion, oregano, basil, and turmeric.
- Add sunflower and pumpkin seeds to your meals, as well as pomegranates and apples.
Kristin Gould teaches Yoga, Meditation and the principals of Ayurveda. She is currently writing a book entitled Buddha and Bacon.
For information regarding seasonal cleanses, Ayurveda, and natural remedy – contact Kristin through her website and company, Ohanala and set up an appointment or consultation.
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