The sun is shining stronger and longer, the marigolds and lupine are starting to bloom, the temperatures are rising, the sap is running througthe trees' veins, and thoughts of our desires for what we will accomplish in the year ahead begin to take center stage in our mind.
All of the stagnation that comes along with the cold winter temperatures is beginning to break free and move. Prana is gaining energy around us and within us, creating an optimal time for clearing away that which no longer serves our survival of winter. The releasing gives us space to nurture new things into our life. If fall is the seasonal rhythm of death, and winter the seasonal rhythm of recovery, then spring is the seasonal rhythm of life and re-birth.
If you also love the spring time, the energy it embodies, and how it inspires you to grow, then you are tapping into this universal rhythm.
Here is a journal prompt for the 2022 spring equinox to capture that energy within you now:
What is something that is asking to be nurtured into your life right now?
Write it down, meditate on this further, but don't obsess about the details yet. Bask in the present moment and enjoy the abundance that comes from this passion right now.
Balancing Spring Qualities With Ayurveda
Spring in Ayurveda is known as the season of Kapha elements and energy. Kapha is made up of the water and earth elements, which makes sense because the spring is the time when snow melts off the mountain peaks, and plants begin growing and blooming, awakening from their winter hibernation.
Unfortunately, this excess water - mixing with earth - can create muddy stickiness in our environment. In our personal environment this may show up as heaviness, depression, lethargy, sinus congestion (phlegm/coughs/colds/allergies), and lack of motivation or appetite.
If any of these symptoms are resonating with you currently, be kind to yourself, its a natural rhythm and there are wisdom from Ayurveda to help us bring balance to our Kapha elements. Which include: energy, compassion, beauty
Ayurveda recommendations to balance Kapha in the spring:
Try waking up a little earlier with the sun rise and use that time to invest in your desires for yourself this year.
Maintain your exercise routine, or begin again a routine that became stagnant during the winter freeze. Enough to break a sweat to get the channels flowing. It is also a good time to enjoy saunas afterwards if feeling bloated and heavy.
Introduce more pungent spices to your diet: black pepper, ginger, turmeric, garlic, & onion
Enjoy bitter and astringent foods:
Bitter examples: greens, arugula, asparagus, dandelion greens, brussel sprouts, cabbage, and broccoli.
Astringent examples: barley, rye, toasted bread/crackers, dehydrated fruit, apples, pears, artichoke, and eggplant.
Chant the mantra “Rum”. This sound is believed to warm the spirit as well as the digestive fire. Practice this mantra by sitting comfortably in a calm environment and chant out loud for 2 minutes, then continue for two more minutes thinking it in your mind only. Enjoy the peace.
Try a Traditional Ayurvedic Cleanse to help clear any stagnation and reinvigorate your body, mind, and spirit this spring.
Reduce anything, sticky fruits, wheat, sweeteners, salt, napping and sleeping in regularly.
Interested in an Ayurvedic cleanse?
Want to learn more about Ayurveda & how to apply it in your life?
*Let us know in the comments what you are nurturing in your life right now,
and if any of these Kapha balancing recommendations helped you.*
Kyle Jason Leitzke is an Ayurvedic Life Coach who nurtures purpose driven people to both clarify and embody their life purpose(s), holistically with Ayurveda.