Ayurvedically speaking winter is very much the season for Kapha. Kapha is the dosha dominated by earth and water. Hence everything feels damp, heavy, sluggish, cold and wet. Kapha is considered to be the subtle energy for lubrication and providing strength to the body and mind. When in excess it can lead to mucus-related ailments, weight gain and laziness. Negative emotions linked with a kapha imbalance include attachment, envy and greed. This can be an attachment to foods and we all know what eating the wrong kind of foods does to the body. If we continue to eat sugars, for example, then weight gain and potential blood sugar problems and diabetes can ensue. Winter can be a time to reflect on your sensory attachments and may be a good time to look at where this desire comes from. Attachment after all is a mental quality of the mind that can be changed if we recognize something within us that perhaps is not so beneficial to our wellbeing. Kapha in nature is reflected as plants withdraw and the earth cocoons herself to replenish and restore for the spring. In Ayurveda winter becomes the season for nourishing and building up our immune system ready for the spring The workings of the body are intrinsically connected and a healthy digestive system leads to a healthy immune system.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. When can I start pregnancy yoga?
The end of the first trimester (12-14 weeks) is an ideal time to join a pregnancy yoga class. Before this date your body has some pretty remarkable stuff to do to nurture and ensure that baby gets fully settled and established. Please be open and honest with your teacher about any conditions that you are experiencing. It will enable her to give you personally tailored suggestions for your practice. She may have a helpful solution that will ease some of your pregnancy symptoms too. Of course, seek the guidance of your doctor of your intention to do pre-natal yoga.