Kapha Season – Ayurvedic tips for Spring
I haven’t been able to share insights with you in quite a bit of time, and I truly apologize for this… I’ve thought about it many times, especially right before falling asleep – the intention has popped up, and the subjects and words along have followed… and got stuck and lost into my dream world!
Too bad there’s not a device yet to read my creative mind as I fall asleep, that would transcribe all my “speech” and postings into a word processor format. Then it would be easy to just export the material and post it in YANA (my new blog name, it used to be YAN… I need to post about this update too) as I wake up in the morning! Ok, that’s called laziness or maybe lack of time, or not setting the right priorities…? Pick and choose, most probably it’s a bit of all and my Vata scattered mind doesn’t always focus well.
Hearing about allergies around me (and a little bit within me too) as the trees show their new bright green leaves, and the wind blows and spreads pollens in all directions, I’d like to share some tips and advice on the Kapha season and how to help body and mind go through the seasonal transition of Winter to Spring.
Thanks to John Joseph Immel and Joyful Belly website (www.joyfulbelly.com) for its excellent content, tips, recipes, free conferences, consultations and much more! En-JOY!!!
***This article is courtesy of Joyful Belly ***
Melting Fat & Shedding Dogs: Late Winter & Early Spring in Ayurveda
An Ideal Season for Weight Loss
January is traditionally the coldest month of the year in North America. Ayurvedically, January is a month of transition from Vata to Kapha season. Vata season is characterized by the body scrambling to protect itself from ever dropping temperatures (see Fall/Early Winter). As soon as temperatures bottom out and begin to rise, the pattern shifts from building to releasing. Literally the body melts fat much as a dog sheds fur. Late winter & early spring are thus ideal seasons for begining a new diet and losing weight (see Spring Diet). Spring fasting, the traditional time of year for many Native American cultures, helps cleanse the blood after a long winter of fatty, heavy foods.
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A Season of Transition
Late winter and early spring is a kapha watery season of warming temperatures lasting from February to mid-May. Outside, snow melts making the rivers full and muddy. Warm temperatures encourage tender young sprouts and sweet sap to run in the vasculature of maple trees. Our internal landscape reflects mother nature’s. Spring is a time of cleansing and renewal. Kapha fat along with toxins melt away from tissues and into the blood, making the blood sweet. Blood plasma and toxins are our metaphorical maple syrup and muddy river, releasing a flood of mucus in allergy season.
Late winter & early spring is Kapha season. Melting fat enriches the blood provoking Kapha dosha. Liver heat is responsible for moving the blood and metabolizing it. However, blood that is too rich and thick clogs circulation and the liver. Clinically, the symptoms of spring Kapha are stiff muscles, arterial plaque buildup, mucus & hay fever. Allergy season is a sign of aggravated Kapha. Turmeric is a powerful blood mover that restores circulation, cleanses the liver and re-ignites metabolism (via rasa dhatu agni). Spring is the season of bitters. Bitter cholagogues such as turmeric and dandelion root aid the cleansing process by draining the excess fats from the blood and depositing them, in the form of bile, into the digestion tract.
Eat a dry kapha pacifying diet favoring bitters.
Include drying grains, for example, like barley and corn, warming spices that open the blood like ginger and turmeric, and warming bitters like dandelion and arugula. Take triphala to keep bowels clear and aid the cleansing process. Avoid heavy, oily, sweet and salty foods such as red meat and dairy.