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Kapha Season Survival

By on March 28, 2016

Late winter and early spring are considered Kapha Season in Ayurveda.This means that we can adjust our daily lifestyle choices to find balance in body and mind. When one quality is present (for example, cold), we create balance by adding the opposite quality (hot).

Kapha dosha is dominated by the water and earth elements. If you mix water and earth, you create mud. It makes sense that kapha energy is heavy, sticky, lubricated, steady, cold and nurturing. Just like the fertile mud gives rise to beautiful plants and flowers, kapha energy stabilizes us for growth.

6 Tips for Kapha Season

1. Exercise every day!

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This is especially important for people with a Kapha-dominant constitution. Walking, swimming, biking, running and yoga are all good choices. Since we remove ama (toxins) through movement and sweat, this one tip will make a huge difference.

2. Add some spice to your life.

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Sprinkle cardamom, wasabi, cayenne, ginger, garlic, cloves, cinnamon, pepper and mustard seed on your food to add heat and spark agni, the all-important digestive fire. Foods that are dry, warm and spicy clear congestion and keep things moving.

3. Sip warm water.

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Warm foods and drinks are easier to digest and help keep us regular. Consider warm water with 1/4 tsp cayenne powder, 1 tbsp lemon juice, and 1 tsp raw honey for a detoxifying tea.

4. Breathe freely by using a neti-pot.

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Since Kapha dominates the chest and upper stomach regions of the body, it’s wet and sticky nature causes mucus to get stuck. The neti-pot helps flush out mucus and seasonal allergens.

5. Favor light fruits like apples, pears, pomegranates and apricots.

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Avoid heavy fruits like bananas, avocado, pineapple, orange, dates and figs.

6. Declutter!

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Kapha-dominate people tend to collect things. This type of material “congestion” weighs us down. Instead, spend a few minutes each day recycling papers, donating clothes or cleaning things up. It will help you feel free and light in mind and body.

Incorporate these tips to breathe freely and enjoy balance during this beautiful season!

About Nicole Perriella

Nicole Perriella is an Ayurvedic Health Coach and Hatha Yoga Teacher at the Glow Natural Health Center in Seattle, WA. Through diet, lifestyle, herbs, yoga, meditation and pranayama, Nicole guides clients to correct imbalances to look and feel their best. She specializes in digestion, weight loss, anxiety, stress management, skin and sleep. Her writing has been featured on Seattle Seedling, Ayurveda Apothecary and Inner Glow. Find her at www.nicoleperriella.com

One Comment

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    Frank

    March 9, 2014 at 12:06 am

    This is incorrect. You don’t not want to eat light fruits in what you are calling “kapha season” ( this is not true by the way). If you do not eat heavy foods in winter you will destroy your body over time. Your digestion is very strong now and you need to eat heavy foods in both quantity and quality. While you might eat lighter in late winter since digestion starts to wane, Ayurveda wouldn’t recommend fruits and sweet taste until the summer time. Read the classics, it’s clearly laid out there.

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