A new season is coming and you can transition into the new season best when you are listening to your Spring BodyMind Cues.
After spending 20 years in Wisconsin, which doesn’t have much of what I think of as a true warming spring, I experienced a bit of a shock the last couple weeks here in the Kansas City area.
What was the shock?
Don’t get me wrong. I am definitely liking the warmer weather after the cold of winter.
But with the warmth also comes potential pitfalls for imbalance.
And this is why it’s so important to pay attention to your spring bodymind cues – and hopefully know what they mean and what actions to take to keep yourself in better balance.
The cues that caught my attention recently were…
- Feeling significantly hotter at night
- Noticing a few spikes in frustration and annoyance
- A change in the consistency of my bowel movements – moving from small mild constipation and drier BMs to more frequent, softer larger BMs
- Having less desire for my warm morning cereals and instead craving my granola with almond milk
- Wanting less of the hot water or tea that I normally drink throughout the day and instead craving an occasional fizzy water
- Craving my Tulsi Rose tea instead of my heavier Teeccino varieties
- Feeling happier about rising earlier with the morning sun
- Being attracted to lighter and cooler essential essences – instead of the grounding Ho Wood and Cypress I’d been using throughout the winter I am now reaching for my cooling geranium, clary sage and rose spritz
- Not only wearing lighter clothes but being attracted to brighter bold colors in my clothing choices
In Ayurveda, each season brings new energies into your external world that have a corresponding change to your internal bodymind.
The change of seasons can be significant because of the impact it can have on your bodymind. By knowing how to accommodate your life and routines to these new energies, you can feel better and stay healthier.
Adjusting one’s life to the seasons in Ayurveda is called Ritchucharya.
Depending on where you are and what qualities mix together to make up the season will depend on which doshas may be affected by the change.
Each of the doshas is recognized by different qualities and the Kapha attributes are heavy, moist, cool, and dense or stable. When you think of these characteristics, think not only of how they show up in the world around you but also you feel in your own body and mind with them.
Spring in most of the temperate areas of North America is associated with the Kapha dosha due to the cool but warming temperatures, the cloudy, wet, rainy weather, and the heavy humidity that starts to come in. In the arid Southwest you will have more of the dry Vata mixed in. And the warmer the spring, the more Pitta will be a factor.
A great way to keep your balance this spring is to the play with some of the following lifestyle modifications. These adjustments are most important if you have Kapha in your constitution either as the dominant energy or a dual dosha combination OR if you have a current Kapha imbalance.
Kapha Balancing Factors to Answer your BodyMind Cues
Get moving! Physically, try to get some exercise every single day, ideally in a fun manner with good company. This includes more warming, fast moving yoga styles such as ashtanga, Bikrum, vinyasa flow. Exercise in the morning if you can to get a good charge for the day ahead.
Challenge yourself with new activities—learn a new skill, solve some puzzles or take a class. Add zest to your life by consciously incorporating variety and new experiences into your life. Travel, meeting new people and trying new hobbies are ways to embrace change.
Emotionally, welcome new relationships in your life by making it a point to meet people—volunteering comes naturally to the caring Kapha nature and can provide a forum for building nurturing new bonds.
Use dry heat such as saunas and use at-home steam therapy to open clogged channels and protect yourself from the damp cold.
Enjoy balanced sleep. Go to bed early and wake up really early in the morning, definitely before sunrise, to improve the quality of your rest. Do not indulge in daytime snoozes.
Lighten up the type of foods you’re eating as well as the quantity you’re taking in. Spring foods like asparagus, bitter lettuce mixes and other light vegetables are good for balancing Kapha. Favor foods that are light, dry, and warm. Light means foods that don’t keep you full as long so rice over wheat, seeds over their heavier cousins of nuts, leaner meats with less fat. Dry can be dried fruits, good quality crackers, and granola over thick porridges. And warm refers primarily to cooked foods versus raw and warmed versus cold right out of the fridge. Speaking of light – now is also the time to lighten up on the big heavy foods of sugar products, dairy and wheat. Enjoy lighter fruit desserts liked baked apples or a handful or berries as they come into season.
Spring is also a great time to use hot, spicy teas like fresh ginger tea or a cinnamon blend. These warming spices not only get your digestive fire going, they help clear out the mucous that as it warms up begins to melt and drain.
If you’re not sure what you need or are confused about how to manage your seasonal shifts, now is the time to get support.
- If you’re a client, email Jamie to find out about supporting yourself with a Wellbeing Continuum package ( 3 50-minute sessions) to carry you through the transitions.
- If you’re new to Ayurveda, get started with knowing which Wellbeing Coaching program is right for you with the complimentary 30 minute SUCCESS STRATEGY SESSION
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