It's here, Winter is approaching and although it has taken some time to get here, the stillness is upon up. Sometimes it's tricky to know whether the "cold" element is more Vata or Kapha. This is how I describe it. Vata has a fragility and movement aspect, usually the wind. Kapha has an inert and solid, unmotivated feeling, a kind of hunkering down. I rarely feel like talking when Kapha season is upon us.
And so lately I have been feeling the transition into Winter, not as much the coldness as the stillness. It's a nice season for the naturally hyper individual as it forces you to slow down OR pay the consequences of a painful Vata disorder. It's really not nice to feel the effects of Vata in the solitude of Winter.
So in the spirit of moving slowly, here is my advice for adopting ONE lifestyle habit change in the month of June. Of course this requires you to decide which dosha is at play for you. I am presupposing your ability to discern the difference between Prakruti and Vikruti and the ever changing effects of the latter (READ: your ailments are not your permanent disability).
VATA - evening routine
Choose a time for wind down, say around 7.30pm and start to literally move in slow motion from here until your bed before 10pm goal. That means no chit-chat phone calls or action packed DVD's, that means no finishing up the washing or balancing your online visa statement. It is not appropriate to engage in these activities in the evening time as it requires energy moving to your extremities, which may be difficult to return to your centre if you don't have enough heaviness to drag you down. Avoid insomnia and PREPARE for your downward spiral to sleep heaven.
PITTA - refreshing walks
The abundance of green right now due to some frequent rainfall is worth taking advantage of if you're prone to being pissy, annoyed, impatient or pushing your workaholic tendencies. The latter can really be an addiction for the Pitta ogre and taking time out can be one of the hardest things for them to adopt. You can tell when work gets to be too much because you prefer the credit over the quality of a job well done. This is when the idea of being "right" and needing to convince supersedes the enjoyment of the work in itself. In this case, go green. But ensure the walk is therapeutic and refreshing (being the operative word) and not another mountain to conquer.
KAPHA - wake before sunrise
This photo is a little misleading as it suggests you will be waking with the sun on your face. No, I don't suggest the Kapha person wait that long because you will be surfing the Kapha time of day as it eases into the heavy, dense, slow time of the morning. Should you sleep into sunrise you will probably get comfortable in sleeping in for the morning, and if so, you will feel like you're carrying a 10kg weight on your back - everything will feel heavy and slow for the rest of the day. Kapha NEEDS to start the day off right or it's very hard to backtrack from there. This type will thrive from less sleep and gain MORE energy than more sleep. If you can nail this habit Kapha the rest is smooth sailing, including your weight control, from here.