The Mat by Kat of JYL
Season: 6 Episode: 1 Ayurveda principles
We find ourselves in mid-January 2017. Ahh, take a slow, deep breath winter is here. While some of us have already fought off the nasty flu and stomach virus that is circling our great world, others are just catching it now. That is one reason that it is so important to be practicing yoga year round.
Each season will either lift you up or encumber your sense of well-being. That might explain while some people worship sunshine, open water and wait patiently for each summer such as I do (even though I live in Florida we have mini-seasons) other people do not look forward to the summer and all of its heat. Other people loathe the thought of the winter with it’s chill, gloom and for many bone-chilling cold and damp weather. The Ayurveda principles will help you through each season.
Winter –a Kapha season one of the three doshas. Kapha is held by the earth and water elements and is characters are heaviness, slowness, coldness, dryness. So if you find yourself living in a cold climate you tend to feel more isolated during winter months. Vata which is held by air and helps us with movement and communication will be a part of your cold winter.
You want to focus on eating warm, cooked and slightly oily well-spiced foods during these months. You want to drink room temperature or hot beverages and avoid iced and chilled drinks to increase your heat and circulation and opening up to cleaner and clear respiratory passages. This will also encourage your digestive track. Winter is a great time to treat yourself to a few ounces of dry red wine before or after dinner. If you have warm milk with a pinch of turmeric or dried ginger and nutmeg before bed you will encourage Mr.Sandman. You just want to avoid cold damp foods and really sweet foods and frozen foods.
Winter is also a great time to do a single day of fasting with either water or a juice you can tolerate as a cleanse.
If you find yourself feeling gloomy or depressed during the Kapha season you should spend some time in seated meditation working on your breath work and reading affirmations. Everything has a balance you just need to find your path.