Look at these beauties! I found them on my walk this morning.
The true heralds of Spring – signaling that winter is coming to a close – and the spring is almost here!
Days are getting longer and longer, and sunrises brighter and more colourful each day.
This winter has been particularly hard on so many people!
So many suffered with sore throats, prolonged or recurrent colds or flu, coughs, chest infections, worsened asthma – and trouble sleeping, anxiety and feeling down through all those dark days and nights that seemed to go on forever.
NOW SPRING OFFERS A NEW RHYTHM TO ATTUNE TO.
In yoga and Ayurveda tradition, we use this juncture of Time between Winter and Spring to consciously off-load all the accumulated AMA from the cold and dry winter months characterized by the Vata dosha (think of the cold and dry qualities of trees barren of leaves here) as we move into moist and lush spring characterized by Kapha dosha.
Springtime is magical! Lush, dynamic, and even sexy one can say! As nature moves out of the cold, wet, dark winter toward spring, the pulse of life quickens, the earth warms, and flowers blossom forth reaching for the sun.
Nature makes it look smooth, but for us humans it’s not as easy to transition gracefully from one season to the next – and especially from winter to spring. More often we find ourselves feeling heavy and sluggish, like a grumpy bear reluctantly coming out of hibernation.
Ayurveda, yoga’s sister science and the world’s oldest surviving system of healing, shows us that the key to feeling in step with the seasons is to harmonize with nature, to follow her lead and dance to her rhythm.
Kapha dosha governs the spring season.
Kapha also gives your body its earthy-watery qualities.
It provides lubrication for joints, as well as mucus to protect the sensitive tissues of the sinuses, lungs, and stomach; it also determines the size, strength, and suppleness of your muscles, and the density of your bones.
When kapha is in balance, you feel strong, composed, and stable. When it’s out of balance, you might feel sleepy, mentally dull, or depressed.
You may also experience excess phlegm in the lungs or sinuses, nausea, unhealthy weight gain, water retention, or heaviness in your limbs.
It’s especially important to balance kapha in the spring, because kapha accumulates during winter and can create diseases by the time spring arrives. As the world becomes colder and wetter toward the later stages of winter, your body mirrors these kapha-like changes. (In Ayurveda it’s said that the ‘like increases like’, in other words the dampness of kapha rising in nature stimulates the rise of kapha in our body)
You tend to eat, sleep, and stay inside more during winter, which can result in a “winter coat” of insulation:
- Our mucous membranes (in our nose, sinuses, stomach, small intestines) start to produce more mucus. In spring, you need to shed this excess kapha or risk becoming vulnerable to seasonal allergies or head colds.
- You might also gain or retain weight or succumb to a general lethargy or emotional dullness. Your Ayurvedic prescription for spring is to develop a rhythm and routine that helps you gradually lighten up physically, mentally, and emotionally without disturbing the stable virtues of kapha.
AT THE ART OF LIVING IN THRIVE, WE DO THIS WITH AYURVEDIC DETOX.
(for the busy lives of our 21st Century)
With change from Winter to Spring we use practices to flush the body of toxic build-up, and restore physical, mental and emotional balance before heading into the new season.
- We make space. We ease the transition to spring by creating sukha, which means “good space” or a general state of health and happiness.If you don’t create sukha, the flow of prana, or our Life Force is restricted and contributes to dukha (bad space), sukha’s evil twin.
- We turn up the inner fire. According to the principles of Ayurveda, a healthy digestive agni, or “fire,” is key for health. Agni gives us the physical power of digestion as well as the energy to digest our experiences, sensory impressions, thoughts, and feelings.
A strong agni is thought to arm you with the discrimination and courage to separate what is essential from nonessential, healthy from toxic, wise from foolish.
Strong agni prevents you from producing ama, a heavy residue left in the body when you experience or consume things you can’t assimilate or completely digest.
Eminent Ayurvedic physician Dr Vasant Lad describes ama as a “morbid, toxic, sticky substance that is the root cause of many diseases.”
Unlike kapha, which is a natural by-product of metabolism, ama is a poison.
Ama contributes to fatigue, weakened immunity, inflammation, cravings, and depression. If left unchecked, it can lead to more serious conditions such as obesity, heart disease and many others.
Detox mode is a lovely time out.
(And yes, you can still work! You don’t need to take time off work to do it.)
Often we wait until we’re inevitably sick to take time out of life.
This sets up an unhealthy pattern that feeds the disease process.
Seriously, trust me, you don’t want to wait for red flags before giving your body a break. If you do, you’re headed for a breakdown.
Instead, we establish a healthy pattern where we eventually start to CRAVE (and DESERVE!) a seasonal time out.
When we take time out twice a year to slow down, simplify, lighten, heal, reset, rejuvenate and energise, and to deeply support and re-calibrate our digestion, sleep rhythms, nervous system, we are restored to our “factory settings”, as we reduce the accumulation of physical, emotional and mental toxins that drain us of our energy.
Ayurvedic detox is an easy way to shed any excess and fortify your health and protect your well-being for the coming months and beyond.
What we’ll do
Your detox will be guided by me via Zoom conferencing.
You’ll be able to stay at home, go to work and attend to all the activities that you wish to give your attention to.
All calls are recorded, so you can view them later at your convenience in your HUB.
In your beautiful HUB there are guide books, recipes, how-to videos, worksheets – and you can dip in and out the parts that are relevant to YOUR detox.
You won’t be overwhelmed, I promise!
Is our intro week for mental preparation, kitchen preparation (clearing all temptation!), and shopping for ingredients.
In our 2nd week we dive in deep following juices smoothies soups stews and kitchari options that you’ll be guided through.
We keep it simple and easy.
Then we wind down third week as coming out of the detox (the main detox finishes in 2nd week, and you can opt to prolong it a bit if you feel that you desire to do so, it’s entirely up to you! I’ll be there to support you!)
- Restores a sense of calm to the mind and the nervous system.
- Fosters both clarity and groundedness in the mental, spiritual, and emotional spheres.
- Nurtures an improved sense of energy and vitality.
- Supports sound sleep.
- Promotes regular elimination.
- Helps reestablish one’s natural state of balance.
- Prepares the tissues for deep nourishment and rejuvenation.
- Promotes optimal health by strengthening immune function.
Start Date: 21st March 2020