After long cold winters, whether we live in a city or on a mountain, we can be left feeling a little heavy, stagnant or weighed down. In Ayurvedic tradition
(the science of life, a yogic mind-body health system), the end of the winter sees a melting of both our external and internal environments, and health-wise this can bring congestion, allergies
and colds. The following are a selection of springtime practices to release the heaviness of winter and embrace the lightness, brightness and motivation of spring:
Warm digestive teas assist your body and mind in releasing winter. Try a simple lemon, honey and ginger tea, peppermint tea for digestion, or try some
different blends for detoxification and energising.
Lighten your Load
During winter we experience a build-up of kapha energy through our tendency to eat heavier foods during the colder months. In the spirit of spring, try avoiding heavy foods such as dairy products, sugar,
processed foods and refined grains. Move towards legumes, green vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, and try adding spices such as turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, fennel, cumin and coriander to assist
your body in releasing the stagnant kapha energy in your mind and body. Pungent and astringent foods are best. If possible, eat no later than 7pm to leave your body plenty of time
overnight to digest and repair before eating again at breakfast.
Salute the Sun
Surya Namaskar (Sun
Salutation) is a full-body practice to increase the energy flow in the body and lift mood and motivation. This is a wonderful practice for the morning, welcoming the sunshine and all it
represents. Performing 3-5 rounds before you eat breakfast helps to awaken the digestive fire and start your day on the right foot. As you become stronger you could increase to 10