The Three Ayurveda Seasons
AyurClinic Melbourne know that the weather outside affects the Ayurveda seasons. The weather affects your health in many ways, and it is important to be aware of what your body is going through during these times. In Australia we mostly think about the year being broken into four seasons; Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter. However Ayurvedic practices believe in the idea of three Ayurveda seasons. These seasons follow the three Doshas, and understanding them can help address health problems you have during these times.
The Vata season is considered to fall during what most of us would know as Autumn and early Winter. When the weather is getting dryer, colder, windy, and harsh. The Vata season does tend to bring around changes to our health. Skin will start to feel tight and dry, you may start to feel cold and lacking energy, you joints might start to feel dry and weakened.
It is important to stay warm and comfortable during Vata season. Remembering to consume hot food and beverages to keep your insides warm. Also remembering to adapt your lifestyle to keep your soul warm as well. Be sure to stay inside during days of particular bitter winds or cold. Keep up company with loved ones.
During Vata season it is also recommended to work around an earlier schedule, rise earlier, but also establish an earlier sleep time. The nights can be cold and harsh, and it can be damaging to your health to stay out for too long. A nice relaxing hot bath, with soothing oils and fragrances would be the perfect way to relax your body after a day facing the Vata season.
You can also consider working with homeopathic treatments if this time is effecting you. We can suggest herbal and natural medicines and remedies that can help staying warm and comfortable during this harsher weather.
When Vata’s cold winds turn into frigid weather, the coldness creeps up even more intensely, and then slowly transforms when the sun starts to shine again, and flowers start to emerge, this is Kapha season. Your body may start to notice these changes as well. You may start to feel cold and sluggish as the winter weather hits strongly. The strong changes to the weather may shock your body and leave you feeling confused. You need to balance yourself to face these change.
One of the most important recommendations for this wet season is to keep dry and warm. Don’t let the slightly warmer days confuse you. You still need to ensure your body stays nurtured. Continue to consume the soothing warm drinks of the Vata season. Whilst staying warm, work on starting to move again. Get your body energised for the warm weather approaching.
As for diet, work on keeping it warm and light. You may be used to consuming heavier foods during the past winter, but keeping light during the slugging Kapha season means a need for a change in diet. This can be combined with trying to continue to work on an early sleeping pattern, embracing the early days of spring.
With the beginning of spring, also comes the need for a spring clean. Refresh your life by refreshing your living space. Clearing out old clutter, and making way for the new start. This might enable a new way of seeing your space. You could add a few natural plants or herbs, to help with the peace and also creating your own food.
Kapha season is beginning now in Melbourne. If you’re worried about embracing your health in this Kapha season, come visit us at AyurClinic, and we can help give personalised, useful advice on how to improve your health during the Kapha season.
When the warm weather really hits, and the sun starts shining you have hit Pitta season. In Australia we are used to thinking about this as Summer, and early Autumn. Just like the now visible sunshine, Pitta season brings out the fiery spirit within us. This can make us lively, giving us energy to face our days, but it has its own downfalls if we do not act upon the changing weather. With the heat can come heartburn, rashes, irritability, anger, acne.
These common problems can be addressed with appropriate understanding of the Ayurveda behind the Pitta season. Just like with the other seasonal changes, changes within yourself and your lifestyle must occur. Your diet will need to be adjusted, as well as the time of food consumption. Ayurvedic principles recommend eating earlier, to avoid the eat of the day. You want to remove the hot, strong food, and refresh with cool, fresh produce and soothing drinks.
Along similar principles as cooling drinks, you need to work on cooling down the body. Light clothing, easy exercise such as walks, or even taking up swimming. One of the best ways to relax and cool the insides, is by refreshing massages. Using coconut oil with your routine, a 15 minute massage will soothe the skin. If you find yourself unable to do this yourself, come in and speak to us. We can customise one of our massages to work on rebalancing your Doshas during the Pitta season.
Massages can also assist with soothing your temperament. As the sun is burning so can our emotions. Taking time to relax, and organise your thoughts into peaceful patterns is essential during this time.
We Can Help…
If the Ayurveda seasons are getting your down, and causing imbalances in your soul, we are available to help you tackle the challenges that come with the changing seasons. AyurClinic has been practising homeopathy and Ayurveda for 25 years, and we have been able to assist almost 10,000 people with their inner and outer health.