Balancing the Doshas : a Quick 101
We are kicking off a series of recipes that are healthy, easy to prepare, and in tune with the seasons around us. This not only means eating what’s available by growing season, but also by eating foods that pacify and balance the dominant dosha based on the time of year.
A quick bit of info for those who don’t know what I’m talking about. Ayurveda is the sister-science to yoga. In the most basic terms, Ayurveda is using information from nature to teach us how to live in balance. So, like Chinese medicine, Ayurveda looks at the elements that comprise most of the natural world.
These elements are:
These elements combine in three predictable ways in almost all natural substances, seasons, and phenomena.
These three pairings create the doshas. You have your own dominant dosha, as does every season, spice, food, and even scent!
Every human has their own balance of these doshas, usually with one in particular being more dominant than the others. Having a dominant dosha lays the foundation for a persons likes, dislikes, positive qualities, and negative qualities. Becoming aware of your dosha will allow you to be more in tune with your subtle needs. We will have lots more on that in future blog posts.
Like humans, the earth has dominant qualities of the doshas during particular seasons.
Vata dosha is dominant in late autumn and early winter. It is the combination of two elements that are cold, windy, dry, light, subtle, changeable, mobile, and irregular.
When in balance, Vata dosha is that of energy, creation, and communication. When out of balance, Vata dosha can bring about anxiety, physical imbalance and irregularity, insomnia, dry skin, and scattered thoughts.
During Vata season, we look to calm or balance vata with foods that are warm, cooked, and spiced with warming herbs. We also bring in healthy fats and greatly reduce dry, aggravating sugars. Raw foods are also avoided as they can agitate vata dosha, especially in those who are personally vata dominant.
In short, for vata you can look towards warm comfort foods and hearty soups made with root vegetables.
I hope you enjoy the recipes and the information on balancing vata. We’ll be adding a new recipe with every monthly newsletter and updating this page as we post them. If you’d like to learn more about vata dosha and simple ways to balance it, click here to read more!
Kapha dosha is dominant in the late winter and spring. It is a combination of earth and water which causes it to be heavy, cold, slow, sluggish, soft, and oily.
Kapha dosha leads to strength and stamina as well as calm and loving attitudes. When out of balance, kapha can cause weight gain, sleep disturbances, allergies, resistance to change, and stubbornness.
During Kapha season, we look to calm or balance kapha with foods that are light, warm, and dry. This means we must reduce the sweet heavy foods we enjoyed in winter and start to transition towards fresh vegetables from the early garden as well as spicy seasonings to spark the digestive fire.
We’ll be adding kapha balancing recipes and a page on kapha dosha as we move into late winter.Be sure you’re subscribed to our Metta newsletter so you don’t miss them!
Pitta dosha is dominant in summer and early autumn. It is the combination of two elements that are hot, sharp, bright, intense, pungent, and acidic when combined.
Combining fire and water, pitta dosha leads those influenced by it to be energetic, strong, superb concentration, precise speakers, and great leaders. When out of balance, pitta causes us to be short-tempered, rude, argumentative, and suffering from skin rashes, heartburn, and indigestion.
During Pitta season, we look to calm or balance pitta with foods that are cooling, sweet, and fresh. When tempers flare during pitta season, it is best to avoid sour fruits like grapefruits and berries, nightshades like tomatoes and peppers, as well as cheese.
We’ll be adding pitta balancing recipes and a page on pitta dosha as we move into summer.Be sure you’re subscribed to our Metta newsletter so you don’t miss them!