Transitioning from Vata Season to Kapha Season

We will soon be transitioning from Vata season to Kapha season. The weather changes from cold and dry to cold and damp. Kapha season begins in Mid-February here in Northern Wisconsin. It is the time when snow is heavy and wet and the air feels heavy and moist. We are all affected by this seasonal change, but those with the Kapha dosha feel it most.

Because Kapha is heavy, static, and cold, this is a good time to include movement in your daily routine. Especially if you have a Kapha constitution. You will want to remove “ama” (toxins) through movement and sweat.

Sip warm water. Warm foods and drinks are easier for our bodies to digest and helps keep us regular. Those with a Kapha constitution may also consider adding the use of a neti-pot. Since Kapha dominates the chest and upper stomach, its wet and sticky nature causes mucus to get stuck. The neti-pot helps flush out mucus and seasonal allergens.

Kapha’s nature is holding and collecting. So, this is an excellent time to declutter! Too much stuff creates congestion and weighs us down. This can affect our moods by becoming overly sympathetic and depressed. You will be amazed by the lightness and freedom felt not only within your environment, but how the body and mind clear when you let go of holding on to material objects that no longer serve you.

Learn more about Ayurveda and balancing your dosha at the upcoming "What's My Dosha?

Ayurveda, The Science of Self-Healing Workshop.


Kirsten Erickson, C-IAYT, YACEP, E-RYT200, RYT500, iRest® Yoga Nidra Level 1 Teacher, Yoga Wellness North