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Spring Tips of Ayurveda

Updated: Apr 25, 2020

Spring is about getting inspired by nature: re-discovering our radiance, liveliness, health and creativity.

How well we are able to keep our health, balance and our immune system optimal and with that enjoy liveliness and creativity, is greatly influenced by our lifestyle, everyday choices and self-awareness.

This time of the year we are exiting out of the dark, sluggish, moist and cold winter days and entering into summer.

Late winter is dominated by the Kapha quality (earthy/watery) in general although the constant changes in the weather, the buzzing around and the sneaking in dryer qualities also carry the Vata quality (air/space).

Both of these qualities have an effect on us, especially on those whose constitution is already dominated by one or both of these doshas.

If you feel the same way as nature does nowadays: alive, radiant, energized, healthy and creative then the effects are positive on you, so enjoy every minute of it.

On the other hand if you feel different, not so great or unmotivated that is also natural.

In that case you might have accumulated one or both of the above doshas during winter or in the last few weeks.

In Ayurveda we wish to learn to understand our own functioning better and the first step to that is to observe. Observe your physical sensations, energy levels, emotions and mind patterns. Maybe even write down every day what you experience.

Balance is not a permanent state, it comes and goes, however when certain negative tendencies persist for longer period, it is worth looking into it, so balance can be restored.

What kind of negative tendencies do you experience these days (spring time) if any?

Do you feel sluggish, slow, lazy and unmotivated?

Do you struggle with slow digestion or have no real hunger, but still feel like eating all the time?

Do you feel foggy in your mind, or barely can put up with the emotional storms?

It might be the Kapha nature of winter that put you out of balance or this is the quality you have accumulated in access lately.

Here are few tips which can help to restore the balance of Kapha dosha:

  • Set up for yourself a good morning routine including waking up before 6 AM.

  • Exercise daily and it may be intensive: jog, do flow yoga or a challenging workout even if it is 20 mins.

  • Use breathing exercises to train the lungs and invite freshness.

  • Eat only when you are hungry; maybe even do a one-day-per-week fast with herbal tea or lemon water.

  • Use millet, amaranth, buckwheat instead of wheat.

  • Your food may be light, dry and use more spices.

  • You may avoid or reduce the consumption of meat, milk products and sweet fruits.

  • Use less oil, limit sweets and nuts. If you crave sweets use honey (but do not cook it).

  • Eat lots of cooked green vegetable and lentils.

  • Sip warm herbal teas with nettle, dandelion, hibiscus, eucalyptus, dry ginger or sage.