The Life-Stage Cycle
The Four Quarters of Growth, Production, Decline, and Termination
▪ Growth: Ojas Predominates
▪ Production: Agni Predominates
▪ Decline: Prana-Agni Predominates
▪ Termination: Prana Predominates
The Yearly Cycle
Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter
▪ Spring: Ojas Predominates
▪ Summer: Agni Predominates
▪ Fall: Prana-Agni Predominates
▪ Winter: Prana Predominates
The Daily Cycle
Dawn, Mid-Morning, Noon, Mid-Afternoon, Dusk, Mid-Evening, Midnight, Late-Night
▪ Dawn and Dusk: Prana Predominates
▪ Mid-Morning, Mid-Afternoon, Mid-Evening, and Late-Night: Ojas Predominates
▪ Noon and Midnight: Agni Predominates
In balanced constitutions (PAO), seasonal changes require minimal adaptations.
In singular constitutions (P, A, O), seasonal changes require common-sense adaptations to avoid excesses.
In dual constitutions (PA, PO, AO), seasonal changes require that we determine whether the secondary principle is strengthened to the point that it becomes dominant.
The primary considerations in adapting to seasonal changes are the polarities of
▪ When Prana predominates, conditions are cold, dry, and mobile.
▪ When Agni predominates, conditions are hot, dry, and upwardly mobile.
▪ When Ojas predominates, conditions are cold, moist, and static.
Adaptation is the simple process of choosing food, activity, and environments that counteract the potential excesses represented by the dominant conditions:
▪ In hot seasons, favor cooling (raw; sweet, bitter, astringent) foods, activities, and environments
▪ In cold seasons, favor hot (cooked; sour, salty, pungent) foods, activities, and environments
▪ In dry seasons, favor moist foods, activities, and environments
▪ In moist seasons, favor dry foods, activities, and environments
▪ In mobile seasons, favor static (heavy) foods, activities, and environments
In static seasons, favor mobile (light) foods, activities, and environments”
— Tashi Nyima, Great Middle Way