5 Ayurvedic Tips for Spring (Excess Kapha)

Hey Minnesotans, do you remember back about a week ago when it poured freezing cold rain for five days straight? That is the epitome of kapha season, which runs from late winter through spring. Some qualities of kapha are heavy, wet, cold, dull, static, and dense. Just as these qualities are reflected in our external environment, you may notice them internally too, as feelings of lethargy, dullness, feeling stuck, and tired. You may have the overwhelming urge to pull the warm bed covers up over your head stay in bed all day.

But don’t worry, kapha season will be moving out soon, but in the meantime here are five things can do today to bring yourself back into balance.

  1. Are you feeling like you are stuck in a rut or pattern? Mix up your routine and create new healthy habits that support your goals. Take a new route to work, make a new healthy recipe, try a different yoga class, or teach yourself to juggle. It’s all good.
  2. If you feel the urge to clean, follow your instincts. This is the perfect time of year to de-clutter and make space. So, get out the broom and clear out the cobwebs of winter. Not only will your physical space will be cleaner, but you’ll find mental benefits as well. Ahhhh!
  3. Practice Kabalabati breath, aka skull-shining breath.  This is a breathing technique that helps to cleans the body and mind. Click here for a great how-to video that clearly explains and demonstrates the practice.
  4. Turn up the heat with spicy foods. Today is Cinco de Mayo after all, so indulge in a some spicy salsa and warm yourself from the inside out.
  5. Get moving. Exercise is vital for removing excess kapha, and it doesn’t have to be yoga. Crank up some music and dance like nobody is watching. Take the stairs rather than the elevator. Bounce on a trampoline. Just go, Dog, go.

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