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Spring

Aug 16, 2021 | Ayurveda, Health, Uncategorised, Yoga Therapy

As winter draws to a close we look forward to spring in anticipation of new beginnings, growth, and renewal. Spring flowers are starting to colour the landscape and the days are drawing out, revitalising our energy and creating a natural desire for a fresh, clean start.

Spring has been called the King of Seasons and in Chapter 10 of the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna reveals himself with various attributes, including spring (vs 35):

“Among month’s I am the most bountiful month, the month of harvest, and among seasons I am the season of Spring, where life blooms and flowers”

As we emerge from the heaviness of winter, it is natural to feel a shift in energy but for some, this transition can create health challenges. As winter melts away, kapha can settle into the system – runny noses, allergies, excess mucus, etc. may prevail.

Living in alignment with the seasons is one of the best ways to support your well-being. According to Ayurveda, the key to maintaining health is adjusting our routines to suit the changing seasons. This is known as ritucharya (seasonal routine).

Depending on where you live, and how the weather patterns are changing, which can vary considerably and be quite subtle, you may need to adjust how and when you do this.

Here are a few ideas of how you can support yourself through this transition.

Rise early with the Sun and Move

It is so much easier to rise earlier in the morning now that it is lighter. It is the perfect time to get up early and take a walk. Even a short walk is beneficial for shedding feelings of sluggishness and boosting energy levels. with the added benefit of watching and enjoying nature as it emerges and flourishes.

Of course, an energising morning yoga practice is perfect!

Body Brushing and Abhyanga Massage

This is a wonderful morning routine throughout the year but especially beneficial in late winter/early spring. Dry body brushing removes dead skin cells and increases circulation. Follow with self-massage (abhyanga) with warm oil, before your shower and thank me later!

 Diet

After a winter of indulging in comfort food, we may enter spring feeling heavy and sluggish, so it’s time to lighten things up.

Foods that are bitter, pungent and astringent will help stimulate digestion and metabolism and help to gently detoxify the system. You can always check online what foods fit into this category but, think dark, leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, radishes etc. Pomegranate juice is great!

Check foods that are locally grown and coming into season – nature knows best.

Masala chai made with ginger, cinnamon and black pepper will relieve heaviness and bloating.

Fasting is also useful but it is best to do this under the guidance of a qualified health practitioner to ensure that any fast you undertake is beneficial and not draining on the system.

 

Just a few small changes can make all the difference to how you transition from winter to spring. Honour your body – feed it, move it and breathe it well. It’s time to wonder in the blossoming of new animal and plant life, and the sense of new beginnings. Enjoy!

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