Welcome to the Winter – Kapha Season
We’re officially celebrating the start of the winter season in the U.S. and Europe. Some places are experiencing freezing temperatures, snow, rain and constant overcast.
In Ayurveda, the winter season is called “Kapha season”, where the Water and Earth elements are at their strongest all year. (Spring is also a part of Kapha season, but I’ll talk about that closer to March-April).
People tend to feel a pull to go inside, slow down, reflect and be still. There is a natural inclination to start hibernating, withdrawing and going inside. This is a natural part of the winter season.
But, on the other side of that, people can start to feel stuck, depressed, uninspired and stagnant during this time too. It’s important to stay balanced in every season and a seasonal routine is very helpful to that process.
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Creating a Winter Flow
Low impact movement, getting outside and breathing fresh air and prana (chi/life force) and eating warming foods with a little spice can do wonders to the body and mind during the winter months. Having fun, doing new things and being curious can also break up some of the density and boredom in the middle of winter.
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A Survival Kit for KAPHA season!
KAPHA = WATER + EARTH
Kapha Winter Support
In Ayurveda, “like increases like” and “opposites balance.” This means we want to offset the qualities of the Kapha season and create balance in our lifestyle. I list some Kapha-Winter supporting products from Banyan Products inside this blog. Just make sure to order directly from the link below to receive any discounts.
Vata Winter Considerations
If you live in a climate where your winter feels cold, dry and isolating (Chicago or states in the Midwest could experience a Vata AND Kapha winter), then you’ll want to make sure you follow a combination of a Vata and Kapha lifestyle.
Inside this blog, I discuss the following:
- The qualities of Kapha
- Signs that you may have too much Kapha dosha
- Ways to keep Kapha balanced during the winter
KAPHA is represented by the qualities:
Slow, Heavy, Cold, Smooth, Soft, Oily, Stable, Static, Dense, Cloudy
(similar to winter and spring).
Banyan Botanicals gives an excellent example of Kapha qualities and how they can impact you in the winter and spring seasons:
“Some qualities of Kapha season are heavy, dense, wet, cold, and static. If you eat a large bowl of ice cream (heavy, dense, wet, and cold,) at night (cold) in the winter in Vermont (cold, wet), you can be sure that kapha will increase in your system. The next morning you may find yourself with a cold, having gained a pound or two (the increase of heavy and dense), and less likely to move than ever (static).”
Winter is when your Agni is at its strongest capacity!
The winter months are cold, so the body fires up itself at your core. Your Agni knows how to ignite itself, stimulating your digestive fire. Sometimes people are known to eat more in the winter months because the body is attracted to nutritious and filling foods.
*Some signs you may have excess Kapha and
how to bring Kapha into balance:
Mentally and Emotionally:
- Feeling depressed
- Feeling heavy in the mind
- Tired and Overwhelmed
- Stuck in a pattern or loop
- Rigid, not open to change and not open to trying anything new
- Stuck in your comfort zone
- Clinging to status quo
- Unhealthy attachment to something (person, memory, thing)
- Feeling melancholy
- Feeling sluggish
- Uncomfortable, heavy feeling in the stomach
- Excess salivation (drooling at night)
- Poor appetite
- Sweetness taste in mouth
- Stuck, little movement, staying in one place
- Weight gain
- Hard to lose weight
- Slow metabolism
- Brain fog
- Excess sleep
Blood, Sweat, Feces:
- Stools that are: heavy, oily, pale OR sticky
- Mucus in stools
- Excessive mucus
- Runny nose
- Excess nasal crust
- Hay fever
- Tightness in the sinuses, throat or chest
- Chronic sinus infection
- Inflammation of mucus membranes
- Cystic fibrosis of lungs
- Whiteness in urine, eyes or feces
Skin and Circulatory System:
- Lymphatic congestion
- Swollen lymph glands
- Hypertension (mild)
- Cold sweats
- Loss of strength
- Stagnation of blood
- High cholesterol
- Congestive heart failure
Other places in the body:
- Water retention
- Excess urination
- Low libido
- Exaggerated desire for sex
- Enlarged prostate
- Low grade fevers
- Fungal infections
- Stiffness in joints
- Heaviness in the eyes
- Cystic ovaries
- Protruding eyes
- Enlarged liver
- Enlarged spleen
Ways to Keep Kapha Balanced:
- Find hobbies, relationships and activities that create a light hearted, purposeful, passionate and fun atmosphere to combat the winter blues, or as I like to call them, the winter BLAHS!
- Embrace the slowing down of the season; use this time to reflect and be still.
- Keep Vata balanced by creating a steady routine to keep you grounded.
- Morning movement and exercise in the a.m. – walking, yoga -sun salutations, swimming, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Zumba—JUST MOVE! (especially if you’re in a Vata winter environment with cool and dry air).
- If you feel sluggish and heavy, increase your workout routine, try activities like bike riding, hiking, skiing or jogging.
Kapha Lifestyle Tips:
- Practice Self-Care, check in with yourself and love on yourself!
- Wear bright or warm colors like pinks, orange and reds to lift your energy and bring some light into a room.
- Go to bed earlier, maybe sleep in a bit but also try to wake up earlier some days too.
- Avoid daytime naps
- Keep your ears, neck and head covered with a hat or scarf, as these are vulnerable areas that cold air can enter the body.
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