Balance for Spring

Photographer, Xuili Tan

Photographer, Xuili Tan

Understanding the body’s specific blend of characteristics or your body’s “constitution” can further help to understand what the body needs to function in its most optimal and vibrant way.

Early spring, also known as Kapha season, is here so let’s take the time to listen to your body, work to give it what it needs, and prepare to feel your best!

Whether you realize it or not, we all partake in a repeatable ritual to confidently prepare us for the day – yes, waking up, splashing water on your face, brushing teeth, etc counts.

With the early signs of spring appearing, many have already begun a seasonal ritual to confidently prepare us for the return of warmth – SPRING CLEANING! For some of us this includes a huge pile of donations (thank you Marie Kondo) or for others it may be time for a deep-cleaning of the home. Whatever method you choose, all of us can agree that we always feel refreshed and renewed in our “happy space”. That is the beauty of the spring season after all. The joy of new life, beautiful flowers, and happier neighbors anticipating longer days with warmer nights. The excitement of a fresh start.

What if we could not only make our homes feel great but that we could look inward and spend time “spring cleaning” the space within us? The practice of a daily routine is useful to set up for life as a series of fulfilling days. Similar to the confidence created by having your surroundings feel refreshed and decluttered, providing your body with opitmal nutrients and activities as the seasons transition provides vibrant energy from within. I am not talking about a cleanse or detox which usually consists of deprivation. This is more of a way to begin practicing self love and taking the time to be in tune with your body.

Ayurveda is known as the science of life and believed to be one of the oldest healing systems. Harmonizing yourself with your habitat and following the lead of nature is the basis to thrive in this system. Spring is the time when the snow begins to melt, the humidity increases with light showers, and seasonal allergies start tickling our noses. Many of us experience these and would like to know what we can do to prepare for these changes and minimize adverse health effects. So what can we do to joyfully transition into this beautiful season?

In early spring, also known as Kapha season, there are simple lifestyle shifts and food choices that will invigorate our bodies to enable us to flourish just like nature around us. The characteristics of Kapha include cold temperature, heaviness, softness, sweetness, slow pace, and feelings of density and grounding. Signs that there is an increase of Kapha within the body: oilier skin and hair than usual; heaviness and congestion in your throat, head and chest; feeling mentally unmotivated; signs of slow digestion, including feeling lethargic after meals.

Ayurveda provides us with food and lifestyle suggestions to empower us to keep our bodies in balance. Certain recommendations for spring are below.

Food recommendations:

  • Avoid heavy, oily, fried foods
  • Avoid refined grains
  • Avoid most dairy foods – goat milk in small quantities is ok
  • Avoid excessive salt
  • Avoid added sugars – honey is ok (but never added to hot drink)
  • Avoid cold food and drinks – it is best to drink warm or room temperature
  • Eat light meals
  • It is best to include stimulating spices in your foods such as ginger and clove

Lifestyle recommendations:

  • Get plenty of exercise – move daily!
  • Avoid taking naps
  • Avoid fasting or skipping meals
  • Now is a great time to take up a new hobby, challenge your mind with new activities or learn a new skill

Kapha balancing tea

¼ Teaspoon grated fresh ginger (ginger powder is ok too)

1 clove

¼ Teaspoon dill seed

¼ Teaspoon fenugreek seed

1 cup of boiling water

—Mix ingredients together. Add in cup of boiling water – strain after 6-8 minutes and enjoy!

Understanding and practicing a daily ritual designed for your specific needs is beneficial to maintain existing health,  avoid sickness, balance intolerances and alleviate pain within the body. Once you have a clear path of how to modify your diet and lifestyle, you can set these practices into motion and start to experience living your most healthy self. To set up a consultation with Michelle click here.

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