8 Springtime Tips to Avoid Kapha Sluggishness

About 3 weeks ago on a walk through my neighborhood, I saw the first crocuses that had come up. This week, it was the dandelions.

It’s official, people: Spring Kapha season (ie, mucus season) is here!

And while it may seem blustery outside, with really changeable weather, cold snaps and high winds, that’s just one of the signs when the spring transition is well underway. The moment those early plants send up their shoots, that’s the sign that the plant sap is moving, and also so that our ‘sap’ is moving in our bodies. Kapha starts to melt.

This is a huge opportunity, because whatever was sluggish and sticky over the winter starts to liquify and be available to clear out.

Spring means (most of) you should be in full-on Kapha reducing mode.

Even from February 15 (in the mild, cool coastal climate of the Netherlands, the plant sap is moving and the juice is going to start to move in the body in us humans in just a couple weeks. By mid-February, I’ve already started readying my annual pass members & clients to aggressively reduce Kapha to help them avoid sinus problems, colds and spring allergies.

I want them to take advantage of this transition and start prepping – because suddenly here we are already!

Generally in Springtime you want to be…

  1. Watching out for increasing mucus and liquefaction
  2. Dialling in your daily nasya (herbal oil nose drops)
  3. Drying any excess fluid; clearing out mucus, drying up edema, swellings and loose stool
  4. Eating early spring greens and other bitters
  5. Avoiding dairy for breakfast and for dinner and the evening
  6. Changing up your herb protocol to include more bitters
  7. Identifying if you have excess Kapha, and shifting to Kapha reducing foods and lifestyle
  8. Balancing the changeability of the season transition

Take advantage of the balance of night and day in spring.

The light is back and relatively balanced compared to the extremes of winter and summer (short dark days and long light days respectively). You should take advantage of that balance between day and night to get steady about your sleep & wake times, and use the increasing light to add in some extra movement in the morning and a walk after dinner.

Those 8 tips are what everyone needs to consider with the spring transition.

But of course…

It’s important to get more nuanced and consider your dosha.

If you’re experiencing mostly Kapha symptoms, easy! Just go for a straight Kapha-reducing protocol. However, in all my years of experience, it’s pretty rare to be able to give that advice without taking into account the other doshas that are mixed in.

What Vata and Pitta need to do during Kapha season might surprise you – I’ll make sure to share that with you in the next couple weeks!

For now, get started with the 8 tips above. If you need help getting out of sluggish mode,  and I’ll guide you through avoid sinus, colds and allergies as spring starts warming up.

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