Kapha dosha is made of water and earth. Characteristics include darkness, stillness, cold and damp – in other words our winter! Whilst it is necessary to have a season where things are given time to incubate, a Kapha imbalance can lead to feelings of heaviness, apathy, dullness and even depression. A golden rule of Ayurveda is that like increases like so, whilst it’s tempting to go for foods that are sweet (like the water element) or heavy (like the earth element), they will only increase the Kapha dosha imbalance.
We are now in the transition between the wetness of winter/early spring (Kapha) and the heat of summer (Pitta). Traditionally this is a time of spring cleaning – not only our homes but also our bodies’ internal systems. If a full-on detox sounds too much, another option as advised by my Ayurvedic consultant is to take Triphala - one of the most well-known and commonly used herbs in Ayurveda. Triphala, which means ‘three fruits’, combines the fruits of three plants, which are dried, ground, and precisely blended to create a beneficial synergistic effect.
Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India has been practised for over 5,000 years. The Sanskrit name translates as ‘Ayu’ meaning ‘life’ and ‘Veda’ as ‘knowing’, so Ayurveda is termed ‘the science of life’. This system sees everything, including mankind, as a smaller reflection of the bigger picture that includes all of creation. Therefore, it seeks to treat health with a holistic approach, and it aims to honour the unique constitution of the individual. Each constitution is a combination of the five elements: of ether (space), air, fire, water and earth. These elements together form all organic matter (plants and animals) and inorganic matter (minerals). The five elements form the three Doshas (constitutions) of Vata (ether and air), Pitta (fire and a little water), and Kapha (earth and water).
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By popular request, here are links to three recipes from our recent wellness retreat at Hastoe Village Hall. They are: