As the winter months slowly start to creep in, I find myself cringing a little more with each passing day.
The frigid cold in the U.S. Midwest and the long, darker days, create an impossible struggle: to get MORE done with LESS time and LOWER motivation. What is that all about?!
A hint of dislike for this season may be a common struggle for those of us living in colder climates. And if you're anything like me, you find that like clockwork, your anxious energy swells with the coming of the colder months. This could also mean an imbalance in your Dosha.
In Ayurveda, a Dosha is the term for your mind/body constitution. Your Dosha is unique to you, but there are three universal energies that exist to some extent within each of us: Kapha, Pitta and Vata.
Kapha is the energy of lubrication and structure, and is associated with the elements Earth and Water. The season associated with Kapha is late winter/early spring (think cold and wet). Pitta is the energy of digestion and metabolism, and is associated with the elements fire and water; the Pitta season is late spring through summer (think dry and hot). Vata is the energy associated with movement, and its associated elements are space and air; the Vata season spans from fall through early winter (cold and windy).
Of these three Doshas, individuals tend to have one that predominates, and he/she will be more sensitive to imbalances during the season that coincides with their primary Dosha. The good news is that by making small tweaks to the foods you eat and how you prepare them, and incorporating certain lifestyle practices, you experience spring, summer, fall, and winter completely balanced!
Follow these three simple steps to rebalance your Dosha this winter:
Step 1: Find out what your primary Dosha is. I am Vata to a tee! So therefore, I find a lot of imbalance during the colder months (Vata season). There are many free online resources to discover your Ayurvedic constitution. I have always found ayurveda.com to be the most descriptive and thorough.
Step 2: Look at how your primary Dosha is impacted by the current season. Take note if the symptoms of a potential imbalance seem like what you've been experiencing.
Step 3: Commit to experimenting with Dosha specific diet and lifestyle. Take the steps necessary to balance your Dosha through each of the seasons and note how balanced you feel. I've found the Ayurveda expert, Dr. John Douillard very helpful. His seasonal grocery lists are great for helping you to get started.
Do you think your Dosha might be out of whack? I'd love to hear from you in the comments below!