Nature is our guide in Ayurveda. We look at how nature changes with the daily and seasonal weather patterns, daylight, and nighttime to see how we can best support ourselves physically and mentally/ emotionally to stay in good health.
Ayurveda believes our disconnect from nature causes diseases and imbalances in ourselves.
Our lives and environments are ever-changing and to keep yourself in balance it helps to look at the seasonal changes to know how to adapt.
Read all about the month of March to stay in good health!
P.S. This blog is based on Ontario, Canada weather.
Spring is creeping upon us, you can just feel it! The sun is rising earlier and setting later. The days are getting longer. The cold temperatures are rising and we see more days above zero. March is unpredictable and one day we might find ourselves on the slopes for a ski while the next day we are basking in the sun and all the ice is melting.
In March, the earth is slowly starting to clear itself of the ice and snow it's been buried under for months. Everything starts to melt and the water is washing clear our earth. This happens in our bodies as well. You might find yourself sniffling, mucusy, congested, and stuffed up. Your eyes and face can be puffy and you might feel water logged.
Key is for us to also clear out and remove the melted snow from our bodies. In this case water weight, fat tissue, and toxins. Your body naturally is processing all the excess of winter it has been holding on to and this is a great time to start supporting your body to make it easier on the organs. Lighter and fresher foods are returning slowly on the menu. Add some pungent spices to help melt the snow away.
Mentally we feel this as well. Water represents emotions and kaphas emotions are sadness, grief, and deep heart emotions that can surface from under that layer of ice it has been buried. Taking time to process can be very helpful at this time of year.
"In March, the earth is slowly starting to clear itself of the ice and snow it's been buried under for months. This happens in our bodies as well."
Again, we want to be mindful when it comes to March weather. It is unpredictable. We can however start to benefit from the warming sun on our faces and feel that summer feeling in our bodies.
March is a transition month and one day it can snow and freeze, while the next day it can feel like the first real spring day! The 21st of March officially marks the transition to spring.
This is a time of year when we don't want to ignore our health imbalances. If we do not address them now, we might struggle all through spring and into summer.
"The sun is rising earlier and setting later. More sunshine betters our mood and we naturally want to start moving more."
The Three Doshas in March
Vata is happy with all this water! Finally, the dryness of the early winter is behind us and vata can regenerate with the moisture in the air. Vatas are also happy with the extra sunlight and can benefit from the sunshine on their somewhat grey-looking skin. Soak up that early sun and start to replenish.
Vatas still benefit from winter foods but can add more fresh vegetables to their meals like leafy greens. Citrus season is also upon us and vata needs that sourness and moisture to hydrate their digestive system and awaken those enzymes.
People with a vata constitution can benefit from a mild cleanse at the start of spring. It is a good time to evaluate their diet and lifestyle habits and make changes where needed. Read more about cleansing here.
March can be hard on pittas. The liver is under pressure and is working hard to digest and process toxins that might have built up over the winter season. This can show up as