The snow is finally melting, the sun is sticking around a little longer, and we can finally stretch from a long winter's sleep. Now is the time when we shed our winter coat and look forward to fresh starts and a period of renewal. Even though spring time is exciting for us, our bodies may need some support during the transition. The ancient modality of Ayurveda addresses the effects that seasonal shifts can have on us with food recommendations + rituals for all around mind, body and spirit wellness. If you're ready to shake off the stillness of winter and transition into spring, give these a try to cleanse and awaken your body!
1. Eat springy greens.
When I think about our bodies in spring, I think of the fat we've stored for hibernation beginning to melt away and liquify - leaving us feeling congested and heavy. To cleanse ourselves from within, it's a great idea to bring more leafy greens into your diet to help increase your "prana", or life force energy. Time to bring all the green juices + springy salads back!
As the snow melts and the earth becomes damp + watery, we may also be feeling a little watery within ourselves! Our deep seated emotions from the long days of winter are ready to be released with movement and breath. Try some Pranayama breathing techniques to open up your chest and flush out some of the emotions you've been carrying.
3. Scrape your tongue upon waking.
Scraping your tongue upon waking is a traditional Ayurvedic practice that helps prevent reabsorption of the toxins that your body expelled overnight. When you scrape each morning, notice the color + the amount of coating on your tongue. For example, the coating may be thicker and slightly discolored after eating heavier foods the night before. This is a great way to check in with your body as you focus on cleansing your body for spring. After a few weeks, your mouth will feel fresher and your taste buds will thank you.
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4. Move your body for at least 15 minutes.
This may seem like a given, but our bodies may be stiff and need some gentle adjusting to movement again after a few months of rest. Release stagnation in your body by incorporating even just 10-15 minutes of a gentle yoga flow to awaken your muscles, get your blood flowing + stimulate your Prana before you start your day.
5. Prepare to battle congestion.
The back and forth shifts in temperatures at this time of year can throw our bodies out of wack and result in congestion and infections. Its important to stay focused on the health of our respiratory systems, especially during COVID times. Stock up on herbal teas (like fennel and holy basil) and keep your Neti Pot close to help clear excess mucus from your system.
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Let us know how these Ayurvedic tools work for you! And while you work to cleanse your body for spring, don't forget about cleansing the energy of your space! Happy Spring!
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