We have finally reached this lovely spring time with more sun light, longer days, nature coming into life again... Awww, how inspiring! Now it's time for birth, new beginnings, renewal and growth.
However, this period of the year can also be quite challenging for us and our physical and emotional health. Spring is the season of transition, and according to Ayurdveda we are slowly passing from Kapha (water & earth) to Pitta (fire), two different opposites. We in Art Of Doing Yoga believe in this ancient science of life with origins in India which is all about balance.
We humans should imitate nature in its actions during each different season. In the winter time we need to storage more energy and when the spring comes along it's time to get lighter again and get rid off that extra "kapha". That's why in the spring we should aim for a lifestyle that invites little extra lightness, sharpness, dryness and heat. Actually you might notice that you suddenly start craving more vegetables and salads rather than heavy foods. And there is no wonder we talk about spring cleaning! As we want to clean and organize our homes the same happens to our body and mind as well. Otherwise we'll probably catch some nasty spring flu or get a bit crazy emotionally. It's due to lack of balance.
This is a topic we could talk about for hours, but here just few tips to make this spring a little lighter and easier for you!
+ In your yoga practice put more emphasis on twists and invertions
+ Eat bitter, pungent and astringent tastes like lemon
+ Eat warm, light foods which are easy to digest
+ Replace cow milk with rice or almond milk
- Reduce watery vegetables (avocado, cucumber, sweet potato, squash, zucchini...)
- Avoid heavy, oily and fried foods
- Reduce heavy and sour fruits (oranges, bananas, pineapple, figs, dates, coconuts and melon)
- Avoid chilled drinks, meat, seafood, soy products and sweets
IDEAL DIET FOR SPRING CLEANING
Breakfast: fresh fruit and tea
Lunch/Dinner: cooked grains, steamed vegetables & legumes
And here also a list of food products which are beneficial for us right now.
FRUIT FOR SPRING:
apples, apricots, blueberries, dried fruit, pomegranates, lemons, limes, raisins, cherries, peaches, raspberries, cranberries, pears, strawberries
VEGGIE FOR SPRING:
artichoke, lettuce, asparagus, chilies, mushrooms, onion, beets & beet greens, corn, peas, broccoli, white potatoes, brussels sprouts, radishes, cabbage, garlic, spinach, carrots, green beans, sprouts, cauliflower, kale, turnips, celery, leeks
GRAINS FOR SPRING:
millet, rice cakes, barley, oats (dry, not cooked), rye, buckwheat, quinoa, seitan, corn, basmati rice, tapioca
We hope this helps you to stay balanced!