Welcome to Spring, yogis! I know many of us have been excited about Spring for a while ... although sometimes our bodies are slow to come along for the ride! Just like animals coming out of hibernation, we can find ourselves having a hard time shaking off the stillness and slowness of Winter.
According to Ayurveda (yoga's sister science), we become more "kapha" in Winter—we gain weight, we feel lethargic, we may experience more water retention, or have sinus symptoms. For a healthy transition into Spring, we must shed the excess kapha. That way we won't fall victim to the sinus infections, colds, and allergies that sometimes come with the Spring transition!
Here are a few ways you can come back into balance and avoid illness:
- Eat lighter foods (like lentils, whole grains, and green veggies)
- Avoid cold, heavy foods (like ice cream)
- Use more spices that add heat to your digestive fire (garlic, ginger, black pepper, & cayenne pepper)
- Wake up earlier
- Avoid naps during the day
- Take walks and visit nature spots
- Slowly incorporate more movement and yoga into your routine
- Favor yoga asana like sun salutations, chair pose, goddess, and warrior I and II to create heat and increase joint mobility
- Use breathing like Ujjayi Pranayama (the deep, oceanic breath you're taught in vinyasa classes)
Ayurveda emphasizes internal "spring cleaning." Spring is a great time to try a short juice fast or kitchari fast (kitchari is an easily digestible mono-food made from rice and mung beans; Google it and you'll find delicious recipes).
If you have any questions about how to incorporate Ayurveda into your life for better health and smoother transitions, use the contact form to send us an email.