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Dr Arya our online expert contributor has given us ideas, tips and Ayurveda advice for keeping our hair strong and moisturized, with recipes to try at home.
Written by our online expert Dr Arya who describes the Ayurveda way to keep hydrated during the summer months. We might not have the same heat here in the UK, but we can always learn for hot climates and holidays when we visit other countries.
Kapha in the Body Reducing Programme & Why. Kapha Season is here, the earth, the air and the body is heavier and damp. As we know the season's change and before we get the sunshine of late spring, we experience the wet, sleet and snow which begins to melt and create havoc as the warmer weather starts to heat up the earth.
March brings us the start of something brand new, we see things beginning to erupt from the hard soil, its a time of change.
Know Your Vata Imbalances in Spring. As we embark on this Kapha seasonal shift it's useful to understand your Dosha and their imbalances. This way you can see which dosha is being affected by the transition of weather changes. This simple guide will help you to see if you have an imbalance of Vata energy.
Pitta people have strong Agni (digestive strength) and fewer restrictions on snacking. Ideal Pitta snacks are cooling, sweet, and heavy.
Many Vata people cannot easily digest large meals and may need to supplement their diet by snacking once a day at a regular time.
Know Your Pitta Imbalances In Spring. Pitta is about heat and metabolism. We recognise Pitta because of their fiery nature. More people are suffering from exaggerated Pitta qualities because of the pressures of our chaotic world. As you embark on the Kapha Reducing Programme, you may find that Pitta rises and you experience more heat and light in the body, this can be liberating as it pushes through some of the Kapha energies, but it can also be a problem.
Know Your Kapha Imbalances in Spring. Kapha is the slowest of all constitutions and has a sluggish metabolism. Spring is the time of year that Kapha will experience a huge rise in its qualities that become health issues. Cold, wet and humid weather will create imbalances in Kapha. Spring is the time of year that Kapha will experience a huge rise in its qualities that become health issues. Cold, wet and humid weather will create imbalances in Kapha.
Sugar-free cakes, biscuits and sugar-free 'chunky' flapjacks!! Stored in my cake tins adorned with owls ... A few years ago I did a shamanic journey with Linda in the Mandala Hut at Bliss Cottage, it was so powerful and my power animal was a wise owl... at the time I believed I was 'stupid', not 'academic' and I didn't go to university because I wasn't clever! Well, that seems like another lifetime ago now, in fact it was another life - I am such a different person today thanks to Ayurveda & Linda.
Therapeutic Face Steam for Kapha in Spring. Kapha skin is thick, pale and moist, it's cold and soft to touch and it keeps its youthful appearance longer than other types. Kapha is often called the dosha with the moon like face. When Kapha is out of balance skin becomes dull, sluggish and congested with even larger pores that attract dirt and oil creating blackheads and other pus related spots and cysts. Kapha skin visibly has over oily skin that can be thick and greasy.
Get Moving 4 Min Easy Leg Workout. You should do the exercises in this month's seasonal guide every day. There are lots shown on this seasonal Spring guide and they are all only a few minutes long, do different ones throughout the day and it will help to move the Kapha energies. We really need to get our limbs moving, not only in a yoga way, pilates way but in an energetic getting the body heated up exercise way.
On your Kapha, programme there are lots of options for different Kapha drinks if you do not drink any of the others this one is a must. Water & Lemon with Ginger Every Day. I think most people know about some of the great benefits of drinking lemon in water every day. Most people drink it when they are on a detox programme, but there are much more benefits that are available to you from drinking this almost magical drink.
Get Moving The Easy 6 Minute Standing Ab Exercise. These short videos are all chosen to do some sharp short moving of Kapha that will stubbornly remain stuck during these colder months. You have got to this stage of preparation its time to put all the exercises together and do them at different times in the day. This is a great one to do at lunchtime where your energy is high.
Quinoa is high fibre and low calories so this will still help you to feel full. This light food will also improve your metabolism and helps with weight loss, good for Kapha types. Quinoa is fine for all dosha types, just follow some simple guidelines.
Warming Chai Tea - Kapha Reducing. This is a really quick, heating tea and great for keeping Kapha from being stuck in the tissues, good for weight loss. Ayurveda tells us that the benefits of this tea are that black pepper is a blood purifier, cardamon is great for the colon, cloves help to calm the nervous system, which is also why its used for pain, particularly in the mouth and teeth
Gentle Hatha yoga including leg spiralling, alternate knee squeeze, coil pose, single leg cycling. Flowering lotus with gentle focused breathing exercise
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