8 Ayurvedic Practices for Spring

Ayurveda literally means “science of life” in Sanskrit. This 7,000-year-old Indian pharmaceutical system is based on the notion that our bodies vary with the seasons in accordance with the earth’s four elements: air, earth, water, and fire. The damp, chilly weather of spring nurtures the earth, ensuring a bright summer. After a few long, chilly months, you may be feeling inspired to move more, breathe deeper, and lighten up as the flowers bloom and the birds sing, and that’s precisely what nature (and your body) wants you to do.

Striking a balance between keeping our bodies light and flexible while enjoying the season’s cool, earthy, and damp qualities allows us to spring forward, lively, light on our feet, and feeling renewed. These ayurveda techniques can help with that:

 

GET UP AND SHINE

Getting up with the sun’s first rays is one of the best ways to help shed the winter’s heavy attributes, infusing the day with brilliant, clear, light, and delicate energy. To start your digestive fire, drink hot water with lemon.

 

GET UP AND GO!

Between 6 and 10 a.m., go for a quick walk, do moderate-to-vigorous yoga, or squeeze in a workout. Exercising first thing in the morning helps your muscles, digestion, circulation, and natural detoxifying impulses to wake up. According to research, going for a walk first thing in the morning can help you feel more energised during the day and sleep better at night by supporting your circadian rhythm.

 

BREATHE EASILY

In the winter, many individuals seek sweet, warm comfort foods. Spring, on the other hand, calls for lighter fare with less fat and sweetness. Include flavours and foods that are pungent, bitter, and astringent, such as legumes, whole grains, raw greens, sprouts, and clear broths and juices.

 

EAT IN CONNECTION WITH THE SEASON

Ayurveda’s number one suggestion for maintaining immunity is to eat seasonally. Look for what’s growing at the farmers market, in your garden, and in the produce area of your local supermarket.

 

Sprouting vegetables and those that have been wintered over are in season right now (Think: sprouts, citrus, astringent tender leafy greens, bitter asparagus, spring carrots, herbs and young bitter greens). With the warmer weather, vegetables and fruits that have been able to peek out of the ground are finally ready to shine. They’re great in lightly steamed greens, grain bowls, and salads.

 

REMEMBER TO KEEP (YOUR NOSE) CLEAR.

When you wake up, use a neti pot with a basic saline solution (available at most health stores and online) to clear and moisturise your sinuses from pollens and allergies. By clearing away germ-harboring mucus and allowing for deeper breathing, the practise prevents disease and boosts immunity. It also helps with our olfactory function. To keep sinuses hydrated, put a dab of sesame oil in each nostril after usage.

 

KEEP YOURSELF WARM

The vata dosha is aggravated by cold temperatures, according to ayurveda (which governs all movement, including circulation and digestion). In the spring, it’s best to stay away from cooling items like iced beverages and frozen desserts. Instead, at mealtimes, choose steamed vegetables, clear broth soups, stews with greens and herbs, broths, and warming teas.

 

FOLLOW THE TEXTURES OF THE FLAVORS

Flavors are more than just a pleasant aspect of our meals; they also serve a purpose. Bitter, astringent, and pungent meals, for example, improve digestion and our bodies’ natural cleansing processes by reducing inflammation. All of these characteristics make them wonderful alternatives for springtime meal preparation. Salty and sour flavours also aid in maintaining a healthy metabolism and immunity, as well as keeping our bodies hydrated.

 

KEY WORD: KEEP IT MOVING

Oversleeping, sitting for long periods of time, and taking long naps all hinder our bodies’ natural desire to cleanse and burst forth into spring. Maintain your mindful wellness regimen, and be sure to incorporate daily movement that you like.

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