It’s time to come out of hibernation. Now that it’s spring, it’s time to do away with sweaters and dark clothes and wear brighter, cooler clothes. The days are longer and we tend to have more energy. Spring is also a great time to detoxify your body and your life, to embark on some spring cleaning projects, and to make room for fresh, new things. Read on to see 5 ways to have an amazing spring!
Kick off your spring and energize the rest of the year. Try one or more of the following tips and you’ll feel great:
- Channel your energy into making your dreams come true.
Make time to review your ambitions and dreams. Spring is the perfect time to turn your full attention to what you want more of in the future. Winter will have given you plenty of time for reflection; now it’s time to take action. Think about what you want from the rest of this year, set some positive intentions, and consider what steps you can begin taking to realise your hopes and dreams.Spring is the time of plans and projects. ~Leo Tolstoy, “Anna Karenina”
- Adapt your yoga practice to match Springtime energy.
Adapt your yoga practice to boost the circulatory, digestive, and lymphatic systems. Pick up the pace a little to ensure it’s invigorating. Then, as a basic guide, add in postures that work the legs to boost circulation, twists and lateral movement for detoxification as well as improved digestion, and inversions for lymphatic drainage.
- Eat in sync with the season.With the onset of spring, you’ll find you adapt far more easily to a fresher diet. Comfort food is no longer required. Balance Kapha by ditching the dairy and opting for lighter flavours instead, as well as keeping Pitta under control with calming, cooling foods such as cucumber, aloe, and yoghurt. Because the body will naturally want to clean out its own closet, support detoxification with plenty of leafy, bitter greens such as kale, dandelion greens, and chard.
- Cast off anything that could be holding you back through meditation.Ask yourself if there is anything you need to let go of in order to move forward with your life. Host a little ritual to release whatever it is: an old boyfriend, a broken dream, a limiting belief, a job.
Try this meditation:
Sit comfortably and take some time to calm yourself and feel centered.
Identify in your own words what you would like to shed.
Consider what would happen if you don’t free yourself from what is holding you back.
Next, imagine how you will feel and what impact it would have on your life if you were able to let go. Feel the lightness and spaciousness that letting go would bring.
Take a deep breath in and hold, feel your body rooting down to the earth, and as you exhale, let whatever binds you pour back into the earth, back to the source from which it came.
If it’s helpful, give yourself encouragement with a positive affirmation.
Allow yourself to become empty. When you’re ready, allow that spaciousness to shine.
Finally, invite abundance into your life.
Close your meditation with one “Om” or a gesture that has meaning to you.
- Rise and shine.Staying in bed late encourages Kapha stagnation, so get up with the rising sun and watch your energy levels soar. Use the extra time to take an invigorating run or do your morning yoga practice. Your body will thank you for it. Ernest Hemingway once said, “When spring came, there were no problems except where to be happiest.” If we make the effort now to release what is no longer serving us and work in harmony with the season, we will reap the rewards for many months to come.
How do you greet the spring season? Do you have any regular routines that you follow during this season? To see three additional ways to have a great spring, visit the full article at DoYouYoga.
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