Spring is a season of new beginnings. It’s a time of rebirth: Seeds bud, flowers bloom, we begin again. We naturally sense an opportunity for a fresh start as we move out of the cold and darknes of the winter into the bright, rejuvenating promise of springtime. The season is a time for transition and moves fluidly, promoting kapha( moisture) and pitta( warmth) in our systems. The pace of spring tends to feel slower than summer or fall, and our bodies and intellect will naturally begin to shed. We might crave lighter foods, feel a need to clean out our closets, start a cleanse, or embark on a retreat to reach the reset button.
It is also common for the spring season to be associated with colds, congestion, hay fever, and allergies. As we emerge from hibernation into the sunlight, we make water and flame in our system. Too much water combined with excess Earth( kapha) leaves us feeling heavy and full of toxins. Too much fire and we overheat, causing allergies flare up. Too much flame and water at the same day leaves our bodies taxed, inflamed, and congested( believe sinus headache ).
Spring is associate with our liver and gallbladder, which are is run by pitta. These are our main organs for cleansing and processing toxins. Employing Ayurvedic principles, we can learn how to flowing with the changes of nature and make balance so we have a healthy light year-round. Remaining balanced in the spring can support our creativity, and motive while increasing our ability to let go and flow.
Here are a few easy ways to infuse principles of Ayurveda into their own lives this season.
Embrace a Healthy Springtime Diet
You might notice a natural but distinct switching in your craving as wintertime dedicates way to springtime. The arrival of the warmer climate often marks a decline in longing for the heavy foods you crave during winter months. Your craving may decrease and you may find yourself craving fruit, fresh vegetables, and salads. This is your body’s way of telling you that it’s hour for some spring-cleaning. In fact, spring is a perfect time of year for a cleanse.
You can support your body’s natural desire to purify by favoring the pungent( apples, cranberries ), bitter( dark leafy greens ), and astringent( lemon) savours and by feeing warm, light foods that are relatively easy to digest. You can further support the process by drinking room-temperature, warm, or hot beverages. Drink tea stimulated with cinnamon, black pepper, and ginger 1 hour after breakfast and lunch. This is beneficial to your digestive and circulatory systems and helps rid excess mucus. Eliminate foods that increase kapha, like dairy products, iced or cold drinkings, and fried or oily food. Increase your uptake of water and alkaline foods like green veggies, fruits, whole grains, olive oil and avocados.
Bitter veggies like arugula, mustard greens, and dandelion greens support the liver and gallbladder and help to cleanse the system.
Relax and Play!
Embrace the light-heartedness that springtime tends to bring about. Spring is a natural time to socialize and enjoy friends and loved ones, also a great time to fall in love. Hormones are usually high during this period of year and it’s not just the trees and flowers beginning to bud! We, too, are budding from the inside and it’s actually recommended to slightly increase your sexual activity during this time. Embrace a sense of playfulness and adventure and give your wild side some outlets for expression. Try something new, wear bright colors, and be open to whatever shows up.
As winter recedes, try to rise early and take advantage of the longer, brighter days. Try to create a induce and inspiring morning routine for yourself, even if the routine is simple. Yoga, exert, and pranayama are great for promoting clarity and lightness. Try stepping up the intensity of your yoga practice and workout routine to clear out toxins and stimulate your metabolism. Pranayama is especially helpful to remove toxins stimulating clarity and lightness. If your snout is clogged from allergies, try using a neti-pot and a steam. Saunas are great for drying out excess moisture in the body and are excellent for removing inflammation too. Increase your water intake and remain hydrated.
Declutter and Simplify
When our bodies are clean, it is easier to clear out clutter in the mind. This is much easier to do when our home–our physical space–is uncluttered. Get new plants and increase the amount of fresh green things in your living space. Create space in your home and life. When we clear the space around us, we build space for the new.
Just as we generate room in our physical space, it’s a good notion to generate space in our schedules. Let the agenda go and slow down. Simplify their own lives by including those people and things that really revitalize your body and soul. Springtime is a period of renewal, so let yourself do nothing and soak up the quietness. Make the space for new ideas and inspiration to emerge.
Whatever changes you decide to build( even if they’re minor ), commit to sticking with them. Successful transformation rarely happens with a quick fix or a brief explosion of dedication. Appear for small shiftings each day.
Tune in to Nature
Beauty is everywhere in springtime–renewal is literally budding from the ground. The natural world gone through a rebirth, so be creative and forge a connection to this transformational process. Spend some time outside and notice the stillnes. Slow down to examine the bud and smell the roses. Let spring to fill you up with inspiration, energy, and light.
Be steady with whatever shifting you are inviting into your life and remember that deep change happens slowly. A sign that you are balanced in springtime is that you feel stable, grounded, and connected to the life that is happening around you!
Joan’s grounded teaching style generates space for students to deepen their personal journey while aligning with teachings of true yogic traditions. Joan often shares her insight on the subject of health and wellness in national magazines and blogs, including Elephant Journal, Mind Body& Green, Yoga Journal, ORIGIN Magazine and Women’s Health. She currently has a thriving career as a Wanderlust Senior Teacher( E-RYT5 00) and results yoga retreats, workshops, and teacher trainings all over the world, while maintaining a full yoga class schedule in Los Angeles. joanhyman.com
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