Living in the Midwest at this time of the year I hear family, friends and students tell me that they feel sluggish, lethargic, a little depressed and even weepy for no apparent reason. I tell them, “Welcome to Kapha Season!”
According to Ayurveda — the 7,000 year-old system of mind, body, and spirit holistic health — if you’re anywhere in the world where winter is transitioning into spring, it’s Kapha (coff-uh) season. Kapha season starts out wet, damp and cold in March and ends up wet and warm in May and June. Since Ayurveda recognizes the deep connection we have with nature, we tend to reflect internally what's happening externally. Last week we had three full days of rain here, and on those three days of rain we saw many students weeping.
The beauty of Ayurveda is that it gives us the tools to not only recognize this imbalance before it takes control of our life, but it also gives us the tools to rebalance. One of the main factors for rebalancing is sleep. It's while you're sleeping that your body restores and renews. Sleeping has benefits that relate to increased memory and creativity, weight loss and decrease in the body’s inflammation, among many other mental, emotional and physical benefits.
But sometimes a Kapha imbalance can manifest by giving us too much sleep. We want to lie on the couch and take naps; we feel less motivated. The rebalance comes from getting a quality night’s sleep so that afternoon nap is no longer needed.
So how do we rebalance? By following this evening bedtime ritual, you'll find yourself having a full night’s sleep to rebalance, restore and rejuvenate your waking hours.