Ayurveda and Spring Season
Updated: Jan 14
TODAY'S TOPIC: AYURVEDA AND SPRING SEASON
As we come to the end of February, we are wrapping up our all things Ayurveda topic but do not worry, we will touch on this holistic approach to healthy living often. Today we are going to cover a question that I often receive from those who tune in to our Wellness Wednesdays and clients, which is Ayurveda in the Springtime. With the changes of seasons some experience a bit of depression, allergies, and other ailments and Spring is almost here so now is a good time to prepare.
Your feelings can be persuaded by your surroundings. Yes, your boss who gives you a hard time can be a cause for more stress, but the climate, weather, and conditions can also be impacting you. It is quite common to experience allergy-like symptoms such as stuffiness, dry/watery eyes, sneezing, and sinus headaches but what we do not usually talk about are our emotions that come with the seasons.
AYURVEDA TIPS FOR SPRING
According to the science of Ayurveda, like quality increase more like qualities and opposites create balance. If you have two people who are spontaneous then you have this couple who have these amazing visions but nobody to ground them and make that mission possible. The same goes for a couple who tend to be more of a follower, and they do not have anyone who will take the lead. We can see this in the weather. When it is cold outside, I do not go out in a bikini, I go out wearing warm clothing. I create a balance. When the weather is cold, dull, gloomy, heavy, and just a general stuck feeling you will want to invite lightness and sharpness into your life to create balance. Here are some techniques that you can implement:
Dry Brushing – A brush made with bamboo bristles that are used to increase your circulation (Update: I did a whole post about the benefits of dry brushing here). They say dry brushing is equivalent to drinking a cup of coffee but without the caffeine crash.
Creative Exercise – Now is the time to break your routine and explore new and creative exercises. Get yourself excited to workout and feel great with something new.
Shift Your Diet – In the Winter, we should be eating more healthy oils which can be heavy but, in the Spring, you will want to start to shift to light and spicier foods.
Breathing – During this time we often feel lazy and do not want to get out of bed but that does not necessarily mean we are truly lazy. The weather is literally pulling us down causing this lazy feeling. There is a breathing technique that is also said to have the same effect as a cup of coffee and that is the Kapalabhati, The Skull Shining Breath. What it does is brings your energy up as you breathe making your feel more alive. I do give a physical demonstration on the video if you want to see it be done however here are the instructions:
Should be done on an empty stomach
Sit in any meditative posture
Close your eyes and relax
Take a deep breath through your nostrils expanding your chest
Exhale in short spurts through your nostrils (like a dog panting)
Spend Time with Loved Ones – Spending time with the people that you love the most brings joy into your life as nothing else can.
TAKE ACTION: AYURVEDA AND SPRING SEASON
It is normal to feel a sort of heaviness as we exit Winter and head into Spring but that does not mean there is nothing you can do about it. I invite you to try one that resonates with you the most. If you are feeling up to it, you can even give all these techniques and tips if you are feeling as gloomy as the skies are gray.