Taking Charge of Your Health

Are you feeling a bit ungrounded and chilled? I want you to feel warm and nourished this
winter, and in today’s video, I’m going to be showing you some Ayurveda tips to help
you during this Vata-Kapha time of year. For the best advice on self-care and personal
empowerment, be sure to subscribe to my channel, and click on that bell to get notified when
I release new videos every Monday and Thursday. Ayurvedically, winter season consists of two
parts. The first part of winter, early winter, is
Vata in nature. It’s cold and dry, crisp and crackling. It’s got that very light, airy, ethereal quality. The second half of winter, late half of winter,
as we are moving into more of a spring time, is much more Kaphic in nature. It’s wet, it’s dense, it’s moist, it’s earthy. If you think about snow melting into the earth,
you kind of get that muddy sensation. And that’s why it’s really important for us
to know how to bring our systems into balance during the winter season, as we migrate from
Vata qualities to Kapha qualities. Self-care tip number one, and you know I love
starting with food, so here we go. I want us to focus on eating some nourishing
foods. During the first half of winter, that Vata
time of year, we want to eat nourishing foods. And those are things like root vegetables,
pumpkins, squashes. We want to enjoy things like stews and roasted
veg. We want to eat foods that are warming for
the system and that are incredibly grounding. And one of the best ways to find out what
vegetables and what foods are nourishing to the system during this time of year is to
go to your local markets and see what local farmers are selling because that is what is
available in your region during this time of year. During the second half of winter, the more
Kaphic time of the season, we want to eat foods that are going to begin to stoke our
inner fire. So we want to focus on adding some spices. Some things that are going to be more heating
for the system. Remember, Kapha is that slower, earthier,
denser quality, so we want to start incorporating foods that will get us moving again, and heat
is a great way to do that. This is also a time to start integrating some
early spring vegetables, early spring fruits that are starting to come out, as they have
that lighter quality that can help balance out the dense quality of Kapha. The second self-care tip is to move your body. Now, again, because the winter season incorporates
both Vata and Kapha, the movements that we want to invite our body to participate in
may also change. So during the Vata time of winter, we want
to maintain that slow and low methodology that I’ve talked about in previous videos,
and I’ll link to that in the corner above as well as in the description below. And by slow and low, I mean practices like
Yin Yoga or restorative yoga, where the body is supported and we’re low to the ground,
where we’re kept warm, and the system is invited to rest. During the second half of winter when more
Kaphic qualities come out, we want to start moving the body a bit more vigorously to balance
out the Kaphic nature. So we may want to participate in things like
a Vinyasa Flow, you may start to go outside for some brisk walks or runs. A Hatha Yoga class might also serve your system
really well. And again, remember, everything that we’re
doing is to provide balance. So during this Vata-Kapha time of y ear, we
want to be participating in movements that help balance that out and that are nourishing
for the system. Do you know what your Dosha is? If you do, be sure to share it in the comments
below, and if you don’t, be sure to download my Dosha quiz. You can find that in the description below. The third self-care tip is to take this winter
season, this Vata-Kapha time of year, to begin setting some intentions for the upcoming year. Winter asks us to turn inward. It’s a time for hibernation, for restoration,
for looking at what was, and then looking ahead, and this is the perfect time to do
some mindful intention setting. And I am a person who, around the new year,
sets intentions rather than New Year’s resolutions. I did a video on that last year, and I will
include a link to that in the corner above as well as in the description below. But embrace the season as a time to look at
what you would like to manifest as you move forward, and also to look at how far you’ve
come on your journey. This Vata-Kapha time of year is the perfect
time to nourish yourself, set some intentions, and be more mindful about bringing balance
into your life. For additional support, be sure to download
my Ayurvedic Self-Care Guide. You can find that in the description box below. And if you found this video, be sure to like
it, subscribe to my channel, and click on that bell to get notified when I release new
videos every Monday and Thursday. Stay ignited out there, stay warm out there,
and I will see you soon. Bye.


  1. Love this. I'm all about changing the diet and self care with the seasons!

  2. I like the idea of adding spices for heat and I'm all for Yin and restorative yoga during the winter as well. I love learning about ayurveda!

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