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Vata & Kapha’s Winter Imbalance… in Harmony
Winter can be such a wonderful time of hibernation thus, introspection but what about our body and mind fully immersed in these cold & dry temperatures?
Ayurveda, the “science of life” and oldest healing methods in the world recognize this time of year has the possible potential for causing imbalance on our constitution (doshas) as being a vata (associated with air) for the mind; and kapha (associated with water & earth) in the body. These two forces compete and are opposite of each other creating space or wind in the mind and thoughts and inertia or lethargy in the body.
With these two oppositions of energy it is important to notice what imbalance you are experiencing in each moment and what to prescribe to yourself, what you need at the time of feeling this possible lack of harmony. If you’re all over the place in your thoughts and feelings of dryness, apply the Vata suggestions below. If you are sluggish, lethargic and feelings of moisture, apply the Kapha suggestions. In some instances, you’ll feel both hence my writing this article…
You are your best physician and know what YOU need if… you LISTEN.
How to help with these opposing imbalances:
Vata governs the nervous system imbalance and therefore do things that are calming and not agitating to your nervous system.
Yoga for Vata Imbalance:
Kapha (water and earth):
Tissues are governed by Kapha, so do things that are stimulating to tissues, muscles, organs.
Yoga for Kapha Imbalance:
I’ve suggested Shoulder Stand salamba sarvangasana for both imbalances. For Vata, the closeness of the inside of the throat soothes the mind and keeps the head still causing blood to come into the head and less air.
Shoulder stand is beneficial for Kapha because it is an inversion thus blood moves from the legs into the heart creating more internal energy but still calms the mind unlike other full body inversions.
Please watch the video “Safe & Supportive Shoulder Stand”
Though I didn’t offer a modification in the video, using a block or bolster under the hips and simply raising the legs will do the work just the same!
I hope this is helpful.
If you would like to learn more about your special need for a more harmonious and balanced mind, body & spirit or more refined suggestions, ask me – I’m here to help. If you feel you’d like a more personal practice based on your dosha, set up an appointment with me at the yoga studio or online here.
Stay warm and keep your body balanced this and every season.