While the Winter season is one of quiet introspective contemplation, the transformational season of Spring causes all of nature to awaken from its Winter slumber.  Spring is the season associated with the elements of earth and water and is sometimes referred to as the kapha season.

As nature comes alive around us ~ there is new growth and vibrancy.  Many of us associate allergies and sinus problems as Spring conditions.  But in addition to these common springtime sniffles, we might find ourselves feeling lethargic and dull.  Inertia, foggy thinking, lack of motivation, withdrawal and emotional attachment may start to settle into our days.  Just like the rest of nature, it is important for us to find ways to root down while maintaining our vibrancy.

Spring is a good time to make some lifestyle changes and to work on our circulation, respiration and digestion that may have been slowed down from Winter stagnation.  This is a great time of year to change up our diet (adding bitter (spinach, kale, turmeric), astringent (broccoli, lentils, beans, cranberries) and pungent (chili, ginger, garlic, onions) tastes), maybe even contemplate a Spring cleanse.  Wake up early, avoid naps and get outside, and incorporate movement into your days and/or your workouts.  In your yoga practice, practice vinyasas, backbends and inversions.

But, we don’t only focus on food and movement, we also focus on the qualities of the mind, as the mind is just as much a garden as the body.  This is a good time of year to practice walking meditation, or to use your movement as your focal point in your meditation practice.  You can also focus on your breath and the movement of your breath.  If practicing seated meditation, maybe incorporate mantra/chanting, to incorporate vibrational movement.

As you lift out of your winter quietude, reconnect with your vibrancy and sense of your being alive.  As you lighten up and get moving this Spring, and cultivate a clear and compassionate attitude toward your own thoughts, you will develop a greater sense of clarity and compassion toward others.

Spring forth with lightness and love!

Namaste,

Shari

Golden Milk 

Whisk coconut milk, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, honey, coconut oil, peppercorns, and 1 cup water in a small saucepan; bring to a low boil. Reduce heat and simmer until flavors have melded, about 10 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into mugs and top with a dash of cinnamon.

Instead of coconut milk, try using soy or goat’s milk

Kapha Tea (from Eat, Taste, Heal)

1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
1 stick cinnamon/licorice
10 fresh basil leaves
Squeeze lemon juice
Steep in boring water, strain and can keep in the fridge.

Ginger tea

Brew 15 slices of ginger root with 5 slices of turmeric root or 1 1/2 tsp turmeric powder – discard root and keep in refrigerator.  Can add a little raw honey, but add to the tea, do not cook the honey.