Balancing Vata Season with Pitta and Kapha Movement: A Winter Warmer Guide

Jun 08, 2024

As we dive into the winter warmer series this June, we're focusing on balancing our energies through the lens of Ayurveda. Unlike the conventional four seasons of spring, summer, autumn, and winter, Ayurveda categorizes the year into three primary seasons based on the dominant doshas: Vata, Kapha, and Pitta.

Understanding Vata Season

Currently, we're in the midst of Vata season, which extends from autumn to the middle of winter. Vata is characterized by qualities that are cold, dry, and mobile. This season brings about a sense of lightness, dryness, brittleness, and coldness.

Balancing Vata with Opposite Qualities

In Ayurveda, the key to balancing a dosha is to introduce its opposite qualities. For Vata, which is cold and mobile, we counterbalance with warmth and stability. Think of it as an antidote: when the environment and our bodies are influenced by Vata's light and erratic nature, we can ground ourselves through practices that bring warmth and heaviness.

Embracing Kapha and Pitta Qualities

To counteract Vata, we incorporate elements of Kapha and Pitta:

  1. Kapha (Earth and Water) Qualities:

    • Grounding and Stability: Kapha is known for its heaviness, steadiness, and nurturing qualities. During Vata season, we aim to integrate more Kapha-like practices that offer grounding and stability.
    • Standing Poses and Weightiness: Incorporating standing poses in your yoga practice helps create that earthiness and anchoring. Think of poses that root you down, making you feel connected to the ground.
  2. Pitta (Fire and Water) Qualities:

    • Warmth and Heat: Pitta provides the fire element, essential for generating heat and warmth. This is crucial in balancing the cold nature of Vata.
    • Building Tapas (Internal Heat): Through dynamic movements and sequences, we build internal heat, helping to counter the cold and dry qualities of Vata.

Winter Warmer Practices

For the month of June, our winter warmer series will focus on incorporating these principles into our yoga practice. Here’s how:

  1. Thighs Back and Apart: Start by taking your thighs back and apart, giving them an energized spiral. As you exhale, lift your pubic bone towards your navel, creating a sense of grounding.

  2. Grounding Breath: Close your eyes and focus on your breath. As you exhale, feel your seat bones get heavy and weighty into the earth. Allow your shoulder blades to get heavy and settle down your back.

  3. Standing Poses: Engage in standing poses like Tadasana (Mountain Pose), Virabhadrasana (Warrior Pose), and Trikonasana (Triangle Pose) to build that earthiness and weightiness.

  4. Building Internal Heat: Incorporate sequences that build heat from within. This could include sun salutations, dynamic vinyasa flows, and other practices that generate warmth.

  5. Focus on Stability: Throughout your practice, emphasize movements that bring stability and steadiness, countering the mobile and erratic nature of Vata.

By integrating these practices, we balance the cold and dry qualities of Vata with the warmth and stability of Pitta and Kapha. This approach not only harmonizes our energies but also supports our overall well-being during the winter season.


As we move through Vata season, let’s embrace practices that ground and warm us. By focusing on stability and internal heat, we create a balanced and harmonious state within our bodies. Join us in this winter warmer series to experience the profound benefits of balancing Vata with Pitta and Kapha qualities.

Stay warm, grounded, and energized this winter.

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