Though we have 4 seasons here in parts of the US and other parts of the world, Ayurveda generally considers three. They are based on the qualities of the seasons which are most closely linked to the doshas or constitutional principles.
The three doshas- vata, made of the elements air and space (also known as ether) has cold, dry and windy qualities and depicts Fall to Winter; kapha, made of the elements earth and water has moist, dense, and sluggish qualities and defines winter to spring; and pitta, made up of fire and water, has sharp, hot, and oily qualities which depicts spring into summer. There are other qualities and I am simplifying, yet I think you will all get the picture.
In Utah we are completely into Spring and will soon move into Summer. We experienced the waking up from winter, the necessary cleansing and now we make sure that we are prepared to move into a hot, dry Summer. Of course, all of my suggestions will depend upon your personal constitution and your general health. Take this test to find out.
What can you do?
- eat locally grown,organic foods that are coming into season
- my sprouts are going crazy right now as are my son’s strawberries
- eat lighter than in the winter and now you can eat cooler foods (like salads)
- continue with your morning and evening routines although some of you will wake up earlier with the sun and stay up a bit later
- begin with warm water with lemon, brush teeth, scrape tongue
- neti pot (nasal wash) with sterile, gently salted water helps to lessen allergic reactions
- be sure to still use your oil in your nose, eyes, gums, and on your skin
- dry brush the skin starting at the extremities and working your way in before oiling to slough off dead skin
- get outside (with sun protection-hat, sunglasses, sunscreen)
- exercise-swim, bike, walk, hike
- continue with a breathing practice, keeping any stronger kriyas in the mornings
- asana can be a bit more vigorous if appropriate for you (halasana for digestion)
- spend time with family and friends
- drink lots of fluid
- although you may stay up a bit later, consider settling down when the sun goes down
- think about disconnecting from electronics an hour before sleep
- continue to meditate because it’s important to still spend quiet, quality inner time with yourself
I’m always interested to hear what my readers are doing so feel free to let me know.