One of my favorite things about the ancient art and science of the Ayurveda way of life is its rich guidance in terms of practices to help us live in harmony with nature throughout the year. We don’t blindly follow the same protocols for food, work, or exercise year round.
Ayurveda teaches that health is our natural state, which can be accessed by following the rhythms of nature. So, accordingly, Ayurveda gives us guidance for healthy living in the form of its teachings of Ritucharya. This word come from the root Sanskrit terms “ritu,” meaning season, and “charya,” which means to follow. Through following Ritucharya, we are able to live in sync with the cycles of nature, and thereby maximize our potential for amazing health.
In Ayurveda, there are three bioforces, or fundamental constituents of the body, which are called doshas. These bioforces are comprised of the five great elements: ether, air, fire, water, and earth. These elements are naturally increased at different times of the year. In the springtime, when the flowers are blossoming, the birds are chirping, and everything is moist and juicy outside, Kapha dosha (made up of water and earth) is dominant in the atmosphere.
One of the fundamental principles of Ayurveda is that of the unity between the macrocosm (the world outside) and the microcosm (our inner world consisting of our mind and body). So when everything is moist and juicy outside, our inner environment is also filled with moisture in the form of an increase in water and earth elements. This natural increase in earth and water can lead to all sorts of common spring afflictions, like colds, coughing, allergies, asthma, and more.
Here’s how living the Ayurveda way this spring can help you prevent the aforementioned ailments while activating the health that Ayurveda says is latent within you: Continue reading