Updated: Mar 8, 2021
In Ayurveda, Kapha season runs from January until April in the Northern hemisphere and is known as the wettest and dampest season, with qualities such as cold, moist, heavy, dull, static and dense. Kapha relates to the elements of water and earth and it forms the body's structure such as the bones, muscles and tendons and it keeps our cells and joints lubricated, maintains our immune system and moisturises the skin.
Depending on your Ayurvedic dosha type (find out what your dosha type is by doing this quiz), there are certain things we can be doing this time of year to help us through Kapha season and it’s sluggish energy.
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda originated in India from the Vedic culture more than 5,000 years ago and the Sanskrit word translates to the “The Science of Life.” Ayur meaning life and veda meaning knowledge.
The principles of this ancient wisdom remind us that the entire web of life is intricately interwoven. With a unique emphasis on total wellness, by harmonising your internal and external worlds and lifestyle. For more information on Ayurveda and its origins please click here.
Here are a few top tips that I use to help me during Kapha season:
Wake Up Early
1. In Ayurveda, it’s suggested to try waking up before 6am to avoid feeling extra-tired and sluggish in the morning. Between 6am - 10am is when Kapha’s earth and water qualities are at its highest, so waking between 4am and 6am could be helpful and more energising for some people, if they get an early nights sleep before 10pm.
2. Abuyanga is a daily self-massage practice using oil which is done each morning before showering. As well as an act of self love and care, Abuyanga has many benefits which includes nourishing the skin, increases circulation and massages the internal organs and much more. Find out more on Abuyanga and how it's done here.
3. Everyone knows the importance and benefits of moving the body. Choose an activity which suits you and try to get your heart rate up. Even a gentle walk in the fresh air will help to boost energy levels, increase serotonin and circulation.
Add Some Spice
4. Try adding wonderful warming spices such as cinnamon, clove, chilli and fresh ginger into your food to stimulate your digestive fire and increase your metabolism. Ginger is also known to help ease some digestive issues and settle the stomach.
5. During the winter months, light the fire or a candle and begin winding down for the evening between 6pm and 10pm. If you’re predominantly a Kapha or Vata dosha type, it’s always great to layer up and get cosy under a blanket in the evenings and snuggle with a hot water bottle for extra warmth.
I hope you find these tips helpful during the Kapha season. Feel free to share your Ayurvedic tips with me and I can add them to my blog with a credit / link.
Article note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health programs.