Ayurveda and Spring

Posted by on Oct 22, 2013 in Our Blog | Comments Off on Ayurveda and Spring

Ayurveda (“science of life”) is the sister science to yoga – a traditional Indian medical lifestyle,  that hinges around understanding and living with a rhythm of life –  one that flows with the changes of the seasons, weather, time and place to support health and well being.

From renowned Ayurvedic doctor, Dr David Frawley – “ half of Ayurvedic treatment is what goes into the body (diet) – the other half is what the body does (mainly exercise = Yoga Asana).

We can think of spring as a celebration of balance between light and dark cycles of the year, an invigorating time for renewal, as warmer days begin to melt away the winter chill. We could think of Spring as Mother Nature’s natural cleansing cycle.

In a little more depth – health can be maintained by balancing three subtle energies known as Doshas – Vatha, Pitta and Kapha – as a rule we are a combination of Doshas, but it is likely that there will be a dominant one – and when health is compromised then one or all of the doshas will be out of natural balance.
In Ayurveda – late winter and early spring is governed by the Kapha dosha  – when Kapha is in balance it provides strength, stamina, immunity, peace, love, generosity and good memory – it lubricates the joints, and provides sufficient mucus to the membranes of sinus, lungs and stomach
When Kapha is unbalanced – you may feel sleepy, mentally dull, depressed, heavy limbs, sluggish digestion, colds, flu – excess phlegm production as body warms and accumulated congestion turns to fluid – sinusitis, flu, asthma and spring flu.

..and from the Chinese System of health
In the Chinese system of five elements, spring is correlated with the Wood element , which governs the gall bladder and liver meridians.  The liver meridian starts on the big toe and travels upward on the inner side of the leg then in the inside of the body and ends at the eyes. The gallbladder meridian is the longest in the body, it starts from the face, travels to the top of the head, around the ear on the side of the scull, travels around the scapula and the shoulder down to the inside of the torso, to the outside of the body and legs to end up on the forth toe next to the little toe.

Wood creates mental clarity, and the ability to make decisions. When the wood element is underdeveloped we can experience poor judgement, poor planning, poor organisation
When wood is overdeveloped we can experience excessive mentality, a person that tries hard to organise everything and may find it hard to relax.