How Your Dosha Is Affected by the Seasons

As the seasons turn, the prominence of different elements in our external environments will have varying effects on our constitution, depending on the elements that make up our inner environments. Understanding how your dosha is affected seasonally can help you to find harmony all year long.

Autumn

Kapha are naturally damp, and so the cooling qualities of autumn often herald a period of release from feelings of congestion. However, as autumn progresses into Winter and the cold becomes more pronounced its important to ensure kapha types stay warm.

Pitta welcome to transition to the cool autumn air, and this is a particularly good time for practitioners to engage in practices that allow them to release some of the extra heat accumulated through the summer months.

Vata types are particularly aggravated through autumn as the increase of the wind element. With increased wind comes increased feelings of changeability and instability and often Vata types can feel like they’ve had the ground pulled out from beneath them at this time and so should be especially conscious in their practice that they don’t get carried away with extended postures and focus on something a little more contained and close to the ground.

Winter

Kapha are affected, especially in wetter winters, and should ensure they take plenty of layers along to keep warm throughout the winter. Kapha practitioners should be mindful to maintain a regular sleeping pattern and resist the urge to hibernate and sleep for longer periods.

Pitta will initially benefit from the cool climate that winter offers, however, in environments where the winters can be prolonged it is important for pitta’s to eat regularly and engage in practices that keep their deep core nice and warm.

Vata types are naturally cold and dry, and so risk being overbalanced by the cold and dry qualities of winter. Earthy herbs and spices such as cinnamon and ginger can help support an ungrounded vata dosha alongside keeping nice and warm and maintaining a regular sleeping pattern.

Spring

Kapha are most affected in spring, as the warmth of spring begins to thaw the cold of winter, leaving systems congested and overly damp and the onset of symptoms of hay fever and colds.

Pitta are balanced naturally at the onset of spring, but as the season warms up pitta dominant practitioners should resist the urge to engage in too many activities that will exacerbate their fiery nature.

Vata practitioner’s will feel very at home in the season of spring as movement and fresh growth erupt around them. Whilst this can be a very nourishing time for vata types, if they get swept up in the excitement it can result in depletion and exhaustion. Engage in practitioners that keep both feet planted firmly on the ground to ensure balance in growth and in sustenance.

Summer

Kapha will often be balanced by the natural heat and drying qualities and will experience a surge in energy not experienced at other times in the year. Too much heat can be uncomfortable and even overwhelming, so ensure good hydration throughout the season.

Pitta types are most likely to experience an imbalance in the heat of the summer season. Experiencing an increase in frustration and irritability alongside physical symptoms like rashes and fevers. The key to success is keeping cool!

Vata types can be aggravated by the dryness of the summer season and may see a flare of skin related symptoms such as eczema, or dry coughs. Diet and practices that keep moisture in the body will help maintain balance through summer.