Knowing Your Dosha and Caring For Yourself In The Winter
Updated: Dec 21, 2022
Knowing your Dosha type helps us to properly become balanced.
Ayurveda maintains that all life must be supported by energy in balance.
Ayurveda is considered by many scholars to be the oldest healing science. Ayurveda means
“The Science of Life.”
Ayurvedic knowledge originated in India more than 5,000 years ago and is often called the “Mother of All Healing.”
Knowledge of Ayurveda enables us to understand how to create a balance of body, mind and consciousness according to one’s own individual constitution and how to make lifestyle changes to bring about and maintain this balance.
Getting to know and appreciate your dosha is key to knowing yourself!
They provide clues for what you should eat and what things you should address when your energy gets out of whack. The more you know about what may cause certain reactions or tendencies, the easier it will be to balance them.
The doshas—Vata, Pitta, and Kapha—govern not only our own constitution, but everything else in the cosmos, as well.
So instead of Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall, the year breaks into
Vata Season, late Fall into early Winter,
Kapha Season, from the coldest part of Winter into Spring
Pitta Season, the hottest, longest days of the year—from late Spring into early Fall.
Elements: Air and Ether (Space)
Elements: Fire and Water
Elements: Water and Earth
Do you know what your Dosha is? I can send you my dosha quiz for you to gain a better understanding of your Self.
Winter is Vatta /Kapha Season
It’s important to keep our bodies in balance during this mix of the season.
In the early Winter it’s cold and dry. Light and airy quality.
Nourishing your body with root vegetables. Focusing on local and what’s in season foods. Enjoy soups, stews and roasted veggies.
Think warming and grounding foods. Invite your body to a slower, supportive, restorative yoga practice, allowing your body to rest.
In the late Winter it's more Kapha in nature - wet, dense, moist, earthy. Think warming and grounding foods. Foods to stoke the fire ~ spices and seasonings. Knowing that Kapha dosha is a slower moving quality it’s important to get your body moving during this time with a more vigorous Vinyasa flow, brisk walks or run.
Winter asks us to turn inward a time of hibernation, restoration and rest. Focusing our energies to our roots so we can reemerge with a new growth and Spring forward!
Set intentions for the upcoming year!
Celebrate the season as a time to what you have accomplished on your journey and what you would like to manifest in the coming year.
Here are a few tips from each sense to achieve balance
Taste - Warm cooked moist foods
Smell - Deep and warm smells
Touch - Dress warm
Sound - Listen to mellow music
Sight - Green and yellow
Meditation - Mantra meditation
Yoga - Restorative yoga
Balancing Vata Affirmation:
I am happy and at peace with myself.