Spring Cleaning with Ayurveda
Ayurveda is an ancient holistic system of healthcare that originated in India. it is the “sister science” of yoga and informs and directs life. Where Yoga is a spiritual practice, Ayurveda is the physical. It was designed to keep the body healthy and fit so that one can dive into self actualization. It is based on the premise that we are the microcosm of the macrocosm, a part of nature, inseparable from the whole. As we enter the season of spring, there’s an abundance of life renewal and energy. It is a time of rejuvenation and growth. It is a time to align with the natural flow of things: a time for cleansing, for planting seeds, for setting intentions and beginning new projects. Here are a few tips to help align and cleanse as we enter into this bright and nourishing time.
Spring Cleaning For Your Home
- De clutter. Clean out your closets, drawers, under beds and furniture. The general rule of thumb is, if you haven’t used it in two years, let it go. Check out the app – Let Go or Facebook marketplace and maybe make a few bucks off of your old treasures.
- Smudge your home with sage. You can buy sage at any health food store. This is a wonderful way to cleanse the air in your home and has been practiced by indigenous cultures around the world as a way to remove negative energy, purify the air, remove harmful bacteria and create sacred space.
- Create a meditation space. This space can be a room, or even a small corner of your room. It should be relatively free form electronics and noise. Here are some suggestions for decorating your space :a photo or statue of a teacher or spiritual leader whom inspires you, some candles, sage, a comfortable cushion and blanket for your meditation posture and a bouquet of flowers or a few plants.
Spring Cleaning For Your Body
- Lighten up! According to Ayurveda, spring is the season of Kapha (or earth and water). We may naturally become a little heavy and sluggish, experience allergies, colds and congestion, feel lethargic or dull. We can counteract this through the foods we eat – Minimize meat and dairy now and invite lighter foods such as salads and vegetable broths. Eat foods that are astringent and bitter and avoid cold foods.
- Drink CCF tea. This is one of my favorite cleaning teas and it is so simple to make! One part cumin, one part coriander, one part fennel. This tea is balancing, energizing and cleansing. It is tricky-doshic, or good for all the Doshas, though for some the taste may take some getting used to.
- Practice more vigorous forms of exercise and add variety to your routine. Try brisk walking, vinyasa flow, swimming,
Spring Cleaning For Your Mind
- Resist the urge to sleep in! Rise with the sun, ideally before 6am.
- Notice if you feel any clinging or attachment and see what you can let go of. Invite variety into your routine, don’t get stuck in the same way of doing things.
- Perform Kaphabalati pranayama or the skull polishing breath. Another great way to clear excess Kapha from the system. Below is a video explaining this practice in detail. This practice is contraindicated for pregnancy, high blood pressure, cardio/pulmonary disorders and glaucoma. As always, practice mindfully.
I hope these practices are of benefit to you.
Love and Light,