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The qualities of Kapha season are heavy, cold, sticky, slow, and moist. In our bodies, Kapha governs our physical structure and fluid balance. If your keep these points in mind it will be easy to understand the kinds of problems that can drop up when the influence of Kapha increases in nature during Kapha season.
Rosemary has never been fond of spring. As lovely as it was to see the flowers and buds on the trees, she has never really been able to enjoy it. It seemed that every spring, without fail, she would have cold and mucous congestion in her sinuses, ending up with bronchitis or at least a lingering cough. As she got older, she also began to experience joint pain and attacks of arthritis, due to a thickening of the synovial fluid (which lubricates the joints).
If that weren’t enough, she felt a kind of heaviness and mental dullness that sometimes slipped into depression. Her motivation and ambition dropped, and she felt tired and lethargic for days on end. With those qualities dominating, it was for too easy for her to put on weight. These tendencies affect everyone during the spring season, but they are much more likely to trouble you if, like Rosemary, you have a Kapha constitution. Every year, as Kapha increase in nature, it increases in us, too.
Rosemary always thought she had a kind of curse, which her husband Bob had miraculously escaped. A wiry Vata type, Bob always felt energetic and enlivened as spring approached. This is because Vata is in most respects directly opposite to Kapha, so just when Kaphas start to feel stuffed up and bogged down, Vatas tend to feel most balanced and happy.
When Rosemary began to follow the recommendations I will share with you in a moment, her whole experience of spring changed for the better. Since anyone can accumulate excess Kapha and thus develop an imbalance in Kapha season, it is helpful to learn how to keep this heavy, sluggish tendency from increasing too much in us. Then we can enjoy the positive qualities of balanced Kapha: happiness, strength, kindness, compassion, generosity, loyalty, good memory, strong immunity, a love of romance, and wholeness of consciousness.
Digestion tends to become sluggish during the spring: you can perk it up by following these suggestions:
As mentioned earlier, a good way to combat the Kapha tendency toward dullness, lethargy, and depression is to get up early in the morning. If you get out of bed before 6:00 P.M., during Vata time, you will feel the benefit of the Vata lightness, clarity, and liveliness. The longer you stay in bed after 6:00, the more you will feel sluggish and tired. To help you get up early, go to bed during the evening Kapha time, before 10:00 P.M. when you begin to feel drowsy. Then you’ll sleep deeply and wake up naturally with the sun.
To keep from putting on weight or giving in to the blues during Kapha season, it helps to get some extra exercise, especially for people with a Kapha constitution. The best times for exercise are 6:00 to 10:00A.M. and 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. After the frozen winter, everybody really needs to move, and this is what nature expresses, too, with spring’s burst of energy and growth.
As the days lengthen and the sun rises in the sky, spring’s coo, moist Kapha qualities burn off, giving way to the heat of summer. Because the connection between ourselves and our environment is so strong, all aspects of mind and body are influenced by the increase in temperature. This can have a positive or a negative effect, depending upon our constitutional type and whether we’re able to harness the positive qualities of increased Pitta without getting out of balance.
If too much Pitta accumulates in our system - especially likely in a person with a Pitta body type - we may develop skin inflammations, acid stomach, burning sensation in the body, red eyes, and moles and freckles on the skin. Any tendency toward graying hair or balding will be accelerated. And tempers can flare as anger and irritation rise with the temperatures.
On the other hand, if Pitta grows stronger but remains balanced, you may notice increased focus and mental clarity, spontaneous feelings of joyfulness, and increased energy, vitality, and strength.
To keep cool and promote the highest quality of experience during Pitta season, pay attentions to the following guidelines.
Stay away from salty, sour, and spicy foods. Save those Mexican dinners for the winter season.
Following these recommendations for Pitta seasons will help you enjoy your summer without boiling over.
Vata seasons, with its light, dry, cold qualities, tends to increase Vata tendencies in our mental and physical makeup. Positive Vata qualities such as enthusiasm, energy, lightheartedness, and creativity increase in us so long as we maintain balance. If Vata increases too much and becomes aggravated, we may fall victim to anxiety, insomnia, dry skin, constipation, or difficulty with memory and concentration. Rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure, and a tendency toward an erratic schedule are more of the negative effects of aggravated Vata. Although Vata individuals are especially prone to these imbalances, everyone can benefit from knowing how to pacify or calm Vata to maintain health and balance during the fall season.
Probably the single most important thing you can do to keep Vata in balance is to maintain a regular daily routine. Unfortunately, for people of a Vata nature this can be quite difficult, as Vatas are often the kind of people whose "schedules" are different every day. But irregular daily habits tend to adversely affect the nervous system, which is controlled by Vata, so it is helpful to wakeup, exercise, meditate, eat, and go to bed at approximately the same times every day.
Staying up late is one of the major factors that increase Vata, so try to be in bed between the hours of 9:00 and 10:30.
Missing meals is also very imbalancing. The noon meal should be the largest meal of the day. Breakfast is optional, especially for Kapha types, but is recommended for Vatas, who need a solid, grounding meals such as cereal, toast, and milk to combat the Vata tendency toward spaciness. Dinner should be on the higher side.
Do your best to incorporate these seasonal guidelines into your life. They will help you to avoid potential health problems and to enjoy the positive qualities that naturally get enlivened with each change of the seasons.