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Kapha Season (Spring)

March 9, 2020

This month starts the season of Spring and a time of many changes. According to The Way of Ayurvedic Herbs, Spring is one of the most difficult and stressful changes a person can encounter.  During this transition we go through the extremes of the cold winter and slowly move into the extreme heat of summer.  Therefore, we go from excess Kapha to excess Pitta.  So, what does this mean?  Many of us are already experiencing the multitude of temperature changes; one day we are in the 70’s and then we drop into the 20’s and this causes our body much confusion.  The body can’t decide whether to keep the immune system fighting colds or kick in the adrenal system to get us more active to move stagnant Kapha.
Spring is the time for detoxifying! Our bodies need to rid itself of build up stored over the winter months and slow metabolism.  You may want to begin to increment daily exercise, lymphatic oil massages to help increase blood circulation, as well as warming herbs rubs to with tissue stimulation.  This is the season to focus on foods and teas that have a cleansing effect.  Remember over the winter months there has been excess Kapha built up and will slowly begin to flow so avoid dairy products in the morning and replace with warm water and honey tea to help counter act excess mucus in the morning. 
Foods to favor are those with bitter, pungent, and astringent tastes to help with tissue cleansing.  Foods include leafy greens, spinach, parsley, lettuce, turmeric, beets, carrots, radishes, split peas and navy beans, berries, green grapes, Kitchari, cilantro, coconut, ginger cloves, coriander, onions, garlic and chilies (Pitta in moderation or avoid).
References
Khalsa, Karta Purkh Singh and Michael Tierra. The Way of Ayurvedic Herbs. Twin Lakes: Lotus Press, 2011. Book. 2020.

Vata

January 27, 2020

Vata (Prana-Lifeforce) is the driving force behind the other two Doshas (Pitta/Kapha).  It is comprised of air and ether. Vata governs all body and mind movement.  It's qualities are dry, cool, light, irregular, mobile, clear/rarefied (Thin), rough, and sharp. Too much Vata can cause nerve irritation, high blood pressure, gas, and confusion. Too little Vata resorts to nerve loss, congestion, constipation, and thoughtlessness.
When the Vata Dosha is balanced a person is alert, friendly, loving, willing to serve, creative, forgiving, happy, joyful, and the life of the party.
When Vata is imbalanced a person may feel pain, have extreme dryness, unclear, weight loss, anemia, chronic constipation, respiratory disorders, nervous, and/or  impaired memory.
From an emotional balanced perspective, Vata's are quick thinkers and decision makers, great at improvising, best multi taskers, very creative having many ideas and concepts.
From an emotional imbalanced perspective, Vata's can experience fear, anxiety, restlessness, confusion, bloated, stuttering, gas, and dizziness.
Some causes of Vata Imbalances include chewing gum, excess exercise, exposure to cold wind, disorganized, excessive travel, working at night, and eating junk foods.

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