“Ahh. Take a slow, deep breath…winter is here. Everywhere around you the natural world is withdrawing, going dormant, and embracing a long, dark, season of slumber. The stillness that characterizes winter signals us to redirect our own energies inward. It is a time to rest and reflect. Winter is considered to be a kapha season with strong vata undertones. However, in the Canadian Prairies, vata is a strong component of winter. So overall, it is recommended to follow kapha and vata pacifying guidelines during winter.
Ayurveda teaches us that like increases like and that opposites balance. The seasons are characterized by the cycles of vata, pitta, and kapha. Maintaining good health and balance during all four seasons requires living in harmony with the doshic cycles. The food we eat, the type and amount of exercise we do and the clothes we wear, should all correspond to the seasons.