Seasonal Wellness - Spring Edition

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Ayurveda, yoga's sister science, is one of the world's oldest systems of healing. Its integral approach, based on the truth of our interconnection with the natural world, stresses the importance of synchronizing our personal rhythms with the rhythms of Nature for promoting true wellness.

As we begin to awaken from the slumber of winter and take notice of longer daylight, cherry blossoms, and tulips, we see the beginning of spring and rejoice! The spring buzz is all around. Can you feel it in your body and mind? Signs that you might be waking up from the winter slumber include: clear mind upon awakening, stable energy throughout the day, excitement to make future plans, and an abundance of creativity.

When it feels like spring where you live, pay attention to your intuition and its instinctive response to want to cleanse, purge, and rejuvenate. Spring is really a time to thrive and it's difficult to soar if you're weighted down by your life and surroundings. A cleanse will help get rid of accumulated weight and clutter, and allow you to benefit from "what’s not there."

Consider the following practices to feel your best at the start of this fertile new season:

  • Drink hot lemon water with a pinch of sea salt in the morning to wake up your digestive fire and prepare for a.m. elimination. Drink hot water throughout the day to clear congestion (ama).
  • Meditate, focusing on what you wish for more of.
  • Exercise outdoors and do dynamic yoga practices that help you break a sweat.
  • Take a steam sauna or hot soak in a bath to help you sweat and cleanse your skin, the largest organ of your body.
  • Decrease heavy, oily, cold, fat-rich foods such as meat, dairy products, and foods cooked in oil. Increase your intake of foods that are bitter (like arugula), spicy (like radish), and astringent (like grapefruit and fennel). See my recipe for Fennel Bulb Pesto below.
  • Do inversions for a new perspective on the world.

With “spring fever” in the air, it’s a great time to start new projects, take classes, plant seeds, and take action on what you’ve been dreaming about all winter.


Click here to join my 5-day Spring Ayurveda Yoga Challenge.


Fennel Bulb Pesto

Ingredients
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1/2 cup fennel stalk
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp mineral salts

DIRECTIONS

Place all ingredients (including fennel bulb) in a food processor and blend to desired consistency.

Inspire yourself with your pesto creations. Try any leaf or green vegetable. Pesto makes a great garnish on any dish, but especially for beans, potatos, corn, or rice.


Join my 5-day Spring Ayurveda Yoga Challenge, only on Yoga Anytime!
About the Author

Melina Meza

Melina has been exploring the art and science of yoga and nutrition for over 20 years. She is the author of Seasonal Health and Wellness - Change Your Life One Week At A Time, as well as the Art of Sequencing books series.


Comments

3 people like this.
I adore your ayurvedic yoga challenges - this one in particular feels special; there is much to shed and much to look forward to after the year we just experienced!
1 person likes this.
I agree Jenny and feel like this will be a spring we'll never forget. I hope after you've done your shedding, you're clear about what you invite into your space and water what inspires you. 

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