Clean, Green, Sexy Spring
A moonlight walk in Ohio shows me twiggy trees, forlorn after a long (albeit mild) winter. I look out onto their naked branches and spy the tiniest of life-filled capsules decorating the nudity of winter’s leftovers. Amid all the brown and dry and cold and weariness there lies within those buds a hot-pink yumminess just waiting to explode. I can almost taste it.
I can taste it because i’s exactly how I feel too — hot-pink and ready to melt. That is the energy of pre-spring — almost a desperation to be seen, warmed and show-offy.
From an Ayurvedic perspective, in spring the metabolism, transformation and cleansing are predominant. When we are in balance in the spring time, we feel the inherent enthusiasm, re-birth, cleansing and creativity of the season. The cold darkness of winter begins to be melted away by the first warm spring suns. Rivers get fatter, bees start to pollinate flowers, and human beings begin to feel the sensual pull of the season’s strong creative desire.
And yet, to all enthusiasm, a little spring rain must fall. Because of the watery warmth of the season, spring is the notorious time for allergies, colds, flu, mucous, stagnation, congestion, sluggishness and even yes, lascivious sensory impulse and over-eating. This is especially true for early spring, when its still cool out.
But enough philosophy. In the spirit of Earth-Mama-savvyness, here are some spring tips on getting rid of the gunk and give forth the sexy, verdant-hued greenness of new life.
- Spend time outdoors.
- Plan marriages, new projects and new purchases, as springtime is the season for new beginnings, re-birth and renewal.
- Try waking shortly before or with the sunrise.
- Stay warm, particularly in the beginning of spring. You may feel tempted to bare it all out of the sheer joy of feeling the sultry sun on your wintery-white skin, but think twice. Spring is the best season for building cool dampness, particularly in the lungs.
- Exercise. Sun salutes (surya namaskar) are ideal during this time. Spring is the season where a more vigorous exercise routine makes the most sense. It is a time when the body naturally wants to shed excess winter blubber. Your lymph system will love a little jumping rope, a bike ride or a brisk walk.
- Breathe – Bhastrika and agni sara and kapalabakti.
- Meditate – Spring is the perfect season to sit in your center within the whirlwind of change that this season naturally brings. You may find yourself getting stoked for new projects and possibilities. You also feel overwhelmed by the unpredictability of the future or the vulnerability that comes from letting go of old habits during this season of re-birth. Meditation can be the healing salve for the excitement of spring. The bija mantra RAM can be used in early spring to help cleanse the excess water and earth of winter.
- Spring is the season extraordinary for doing a re-start dietary and lifestyle cleanse. I offer yearly spring nutrition and mind-body Ayurvedic counseling specific to getting out old winter gunk. You can read all about it and sign up for a session at Parayogini.com. And remember, it’s not just about cleansing the physical vessel, but it’s also a good time to let go of unhealthy habits, lovers, and for God’s sake ladies, lets have a big old yard sale for all that junk in your basement. I love you, but hoarding hurts Mother Nature’s feelings. Not hot.
- Honor your desires – Spring is when we are intuitively most attuned to our deepest driving desires. Especially during late spring when fire begins to build, we may find ourselves with more hunger (in regard to food or sex, as well as our drive and ambition in the world). This is a good thing. Its almost as if the Big Mama were giving us some big birthing pushes, and if we can ride Her big contractions, we can use the natural rhythm of spring to move forward in activity and accomplishment.
- In general diet should be seasonal and local. Emphasize foods that are lighter and try to find out what’s popping up in your neck of the woods. Sprouts? Arugula? Asparagus? Cilantro? Apricots?