Spring is finally here. Theoretically we are already three weeks into this beautiful season. Depending on where you live you may be experiencing natures awakening, flowers and tress blooming, the grass is growing greener and faster. The birds are chirpier and the tree frogs are croaking a lullaby at night. At least that is what happens where I live. Spring is also Kapha season, and in this post I’ll will show you how to balance Kapha in spring.
How To Balance Kapha In Spring
Spring is a time when our body goes through changes. If we look at spring through Ayurvedic lenses we see that this is the time when we are transitioning from cold and dry to cold and wet which finally turns into longer and warmer days. Many of us have allergies that are now acting up, this happens along with all the beauty of the blossoming trees and the growing grass.
Mucous is forming in our lungs more aggressively then during the dryer winter season. If you exercise on a regular basis you may notice that it might be more difficult to breathe during your cardio routine and on exertion. This does not necessarily mean that suddenly you are out of shape. It may be that your body feels heavier because of an accumulation of Kapha in your system.
What Does This Have To Do With Me?
Kapha is one of the three Doshas we differentiate in Ayurveda. In nature we find Kapha in water and earth, it is the energy that is most associated with lubrication and structure.
Just like our planet, our bodies are composed of water. Kapha energy nourishes the cells and organs, builds tissues, lubricates joints and air passages, gives us physical stability and protects the systems in the body.
The qualities of Kapha are heavy, slow, cold, sticky, liquid and soft. You may see this in people who are predominantly Kapha in nature. We find our mesomorph body type here.
Kapha people tend to be good natured, very patient, loving, but this person may need to take care so the easy going Kapha nature doesn’t turn into lethargy.
The Kapha person is blessed with a good immune system and stamina. Kapha is the only type who can easily get away with exercises like running or jogging without risking burnout or injury because their joints are well lubricated and protected and they have excellent stamina. These qualities are good for long distance running or cycling. The Kapha person is also the type who may not want to do any of these activities because it seems like its just too much work.
What About The Rest Of Us?
But spring does not only effect those of us who are Kapha types. The nature of the season is wet and cool, allergens are all around, mucous sets into the chest and respiratory system. We might get sick with left over colds and flues from winter and feel a little lethargic during the transitioning from one season to another.
Even a person who has a Vata or Pitta constitution needs to take care and stay healthy during spring. We are more susceptible to catching a virus and getting sick, especially if we don’t take care and stay warm and dry even as the days are getting longer and warmer.
This is one of two posts discussing this topic. Here I’ve introduced to you the Kapha Dosha and the effects it has on our body and mind, and where it fits into nature.
In the second post I will show you what you can do to stay healthy during this season and how you can lighten up your body so you can enjoy our beautiful spring and be full of energy!
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