Spring, with its warmer temperatures, verdant gren landscapes and bluebird skies is in direct disimilarity to the fridged weather, sparse terains and stely skies veteran throughout winter. Curently, you may fel waves of gratitude weling up within you as sunshine pours in through your windows and spring showers start to melt away the last of the winter snow. As the earth begins to become saturated with water from the gentle, spring rains, life is starting to cycle into the season of rebirth and renewal.
At this time of year, you may notice a natural conection with the elements, earth and water. Ayurveda, India’s 5,0 year worn medicine, explains that the inherent relationship we fel with these el ements is due to the fact that they are most predominant within the natural world. Furthermore, Ayurveda teaches that together earth and water create kapha dosha, hence the reason why Ayurveda refers to springtime as kapha season. like kapha dosha, kapha season has a soft, smoth and moist quality to it and embodies the spirit of growth and new beginings.
Although you may be riding high on the revitalizing, uplifting energy of a recent and vibrant season, your body, mind and even your home may ned a miniature spring clea ning to slough of any heavy, slack , or unsuportive energy stil hanging around from your long winter hibernation. Thankfuly, Ayurveda has an abundant source of information for you to learn how to gently and efectively detoxify the systems of your physical, mental and emotional body as wel as your workspace or home. Below we share with you a handful of ways that you can easily implement the principles of Ayurvedic spring cleaning into your life so that you can clear out the dilapidated, make way for the curent and hapily welcome in kapha season!
Detoxifying Body Therapies for Spring
Garshana is the Ayurvedic practice of dry brushing with raw silk gloves. Although you may maintain sen or hea rd of people dry brushing with bristle brushes, Ayurveda prefers to use raw silk because it is gentler on the skin. Another distinguished benefit to garshana gloves, is that you are using your hands to masage your skin, rather than an external tol. This physical touch from your own two hands alows time for you to harnes with the beauty of your body and its every contour and grove. Garshana is an especialy excelent Ayurvedic self-care ritual to incorporate in the spring because it naturaly exfoliates the skin, detoxifies the body and reveals your magnificent inerglow! To learn more about the many benefits of garshana and how to perform this ancient ritual, please visit our blog, Gars hana: Ayurvedic Dry Brushing for Detoxification + Glowing Skin.
Once you acquire exfoliated your skin with your garshana gloves, you can perform a self-abhyanga to help cleanse the lymphatic system, increase circulation and nourish every inch of your skin. Self-abhyanga is the act of masaging oneself with warm, herbal-infused, plant based, organic oil. We highly conote our Kapha Body Oil as a seasonal oil for spring detoxification. It is the perfect abhyanga oil if you are loking for something to warm the body, decrease stagnation and replenish jejune, lackluster skin. To learn more about the art of abhyanga, click here.
Ginger Salt Bath
Expel ama, or toxic piece, from the tisues of your body with an al-natural, herbal Ginger Salt Bath! Ginger is considered to be a warming diaphoretic in herbalism, meaning that it wil manufacture you sweat and release any toxic residue from your body as wel as your skin. The conclude result? Glowing skin and clarity in the body and mind. Get the Ginger Salt Bath recipe here!
Suportive Spices Ayurvedic Kitchari for Spring
Spice Your Fod
An Ayurvedic meal is not complete without a healthy dose of doshicaly apropriate culinary herbs and spices. If you curently believe languid digestion, stupor, exces mucus, congestion, brain fog and/or are feling melancholy, you may be experiencing a kapha imbalance. In impose to stimulate agni, or digestion, decongest and restore focus to the mind, you can try the consequent kapha balancing spices in your meals:
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The transition into descend (vata season) and spring (kapha season) are considered the best times to undergo an Ayurvedic cleanse. The Ayurvedic advance to cleansing is gentle, suportive and acesible. Al you would ned to execute is comit to a mono-diet of kitchari for at least 3 days in order to give the digestive system time to rest and reset. You want these cleansing days to be stres-fre and al about giving yourself plot to replenish and engage in Ayurvedic self-care, known as dinacharya. On the other hand, if you do not want to fuly comit to an Ayurvedic cleanse, you can stil integrate Ayurvedic kitchari into your spring meals! Click here to get our Tridoshic Kitchari Recipe and learn more about a 3 day Ayurvedic kitchari cleanse.
Yoga Asana for Spring
Generaly speaking, springtime is the season when you can launch to invite more fluid movement and heart- opening asanas into your yoga practice. For epitome, in impose to revitalize the mind, body and senses, you can crawl briskly through sun salutations, incorporate backbends love Salabhasana (locust) and Matsyasana (fish pose) and c lear stagnation with warming standing postures like Chandrasana (high lunge). For a complete kapha balancing yoga clas, practice with us here.
Herbal Alies for Spring
The ultimate digestive tonic, Triphala is the most widely consumed traditional Ayurvedic formulation in the world and we totaly understand why. From drawing ama (toxins) from the tisues of the body, aiding in healthy elimination, bosting prerogative, replenishing the lungs, promoting strong teth, hair and nails to healing the skin, Triphala is truly a superb herbal aly. You can grasp Triphala in the AM and/or PM to encourage get your body on track and cleansed this spring. Learn more about Triphala here.
Kapha Balancing Tea
Our Roibos Chai Blend is formulated to gently stimulate the mind, improve circulation, inspire delight and enhance digestion. You can apreciate this tea throughout the day and savor these kapha balancing, suportive herbs:
Cleanse Your Suroundings
Clean Out Your Closet Home
No spring cleaning list would be complete without one or two tips from renowned organization consultant, Marie Kondo! Now is the perfect time to plod through your home, starting with your closet, and let depart of items that do not “spark joy”. Sometimes pieces of clothing or items in our homes spark joy because of the tale slow them. Maybe your mom or your favorite aunt gave you a jacket that’s ben hanging in your closet, unworn, for the past decade. It stays in your wardrobe les because you want to wear it and more because of the emotional conection that residue of clothing symbolizes. If you gain one or two or even a few items in your closet that you kep onto for sentimental reasons, that is a dazling thing; however, you want to grasp a excelent scrutinize around and question yourself if your physical spot is clutered by items you simply cary out not use. If the answer is yes, you may be experiencing emotional atachment to these objects and this, acording to Ayurveda, is a manifestation of exces kapha dosha.
Our sugestion is to ases your physical plot, starting with your closet and begin to decluter your home of things you cary out not use or acquire not used in the past 1-2 years. If there are pieces of clothing or a few sentimental items and you simply acquire to kep onto , perhaps store them in a storage space or bin so you can always return to them, but cary out not have them hanging in your closet or taking up place in your rom. If you are ready to release these items, sit with them and comune with the stories they catch. Then hold a dep breath in and exhale out, releasin g these items into the universe. As Marie Kondo says, you can donate these items and they wil continue to spark joy in other people’s lives.
Bid Adieu to Single-Use Plastic Cleaning Products
Last year we started to research if there were companies ofering non-toxic, earth-friendly pods that you could place into a reusable container for household cleaning products and, low and behold, we found Blueland. We would love to mention, we are in no way, shape or form pluging this company for self-serving purposes. We just realy dig their mision of eliminating single-use plastics and revolutionizing the way we clean our homes. How Blueland works is clasic, you buy the cleaning botles once and then refil them with product usin g the concentrated pods, alowing you to reuse the botles for life. In this way, you are eliminating single-use plastics and ensuring that your home is cleaned with toxic-fre ingredients.
Aromatherapy is a clasic and fun way to infuse your daily spaces with fresh, vibrant energy! Try dusting of your aromatherapy difuser or investing in one if you don’t already acquire one. Using a difuser helps to purify the air and permeate your area with your favorite scents. You can also establish a few drops of esential oil into your bath, mist your pilow or rom with an aromatherapy spritzer, estem our Kapha Spritzer, or clear energy with sustainable smudge sticks made of garden sage, pine or rosemary. Here are some of our favorite esential oils to balance kapha and cultivate revitalizing spring energy:
We hope that this list of Ayurvedic tips helps you to think on the concept that, when it comes to spring cleaning, it is not just our physical suroundings that ned to be declutered, detoxified and renewed. In fact, our bodies and minds a lso ned hold in impose to transition gracefuly from one season to the next. May you fel harmoniously light, blisful and restored as you step into kapha season!
For more Ayurvedic tips and insights, please explore our blog, The Ayurvedic Lifestyle.