By Ashley McGuirk
Can you believe it? It’s already mid-spring. Warmer days are here to stay along with rain and plants. However, spring effects more than just our physical environment. Emotionally, we’re all going to experience rain, shine, and growth in various ways. According to the Ayurvedic practice, spring is very symbolic in mirroring our physical and emotional experiences from March-Mid June. During this time of year, we essentially begin making our way out of our dark, cozy place of hibernation and into a lighter, open space. To experience a smooth transition from our winter hibernation and into our springy revitalized selves, we must understand how to balance our kapha dosha.
(If you don’t know your personal dosha, click on one of the three links provided below and take a short quiz).
According to the Ayurvedic institute, the kapha dosha is made up of earth and water, which are the foundations of the human body. Therefore, our bodies feel strong and capable when kapha is in balance. When kapha is out of balance one may feel lethargic and depressed. To avoid the unbalanced kapha characteristics like exhaustion and sadness I suggest creating a seasonal morning or evening routine. The routine you choose should embody light symbolic attributes of the kapha dosha like eating lighter whole foods, drinking plenty of water, and strengthening asana, pranayama and meditation practices. Begin with implementing two of these practices each day for 10-15 minutes and then add more as you go. For example, you can start with taking 10 minutes in the evening (before bed) to practice breathing and meditation or you could take 15 minutes in the morning to drink some lemon water and practice 10 sun salutations. There is no right or wrong combination. Start with a simple routine and become adamant about it. In doing so you’re taking the right steps forward to balancing the kapha dosha.
After finding a good rhythm within your personal practice towards balancing kapha, I suggest strengthening it by taking a weekly yoga class- if you don’t do so already (feel free to take more than one if you’re up for it). Classes that are especially good for balancing the kapha dosha include those with light heat, lower body mobility poses, and routine-like structures that include smooth rhythmic breathing aligned with postures. It’s important not to take a class that leaves you drenched and feeling tired afterward. To embody the kapha dosha you want a class that will leave you feeling light, energized and refreshed. For more info on Ayurvedic practices and balancing doshas, visit one of the two suggested links below. In the meantime, begin implementing your new spring routine and enjoy the season with an open heart.