5 Ayurveda-Inspired Springtime Activities
Finding harmony and inspiration is a lifelong process, and the ancient medical system of Ayurveda can provide guidance and tips along the way, especially as the season changes.
According to Ayurvedic wisdom, as the snow is melting and the air is warming, transitioning from winter to spring, you’re moving out of Vata season and aligning with Kapha elements. As the days get longer, there may be a joyful spring in your step, even though you may also notice that life moves a bit slower. You begin to crave time in nature and fresh fruits, slowly but surely shedding your wintertime lifestyle.
Ayurveda reminds us that opposites facilitate balance: this is why you rarely crave spicy foods on a hot, summer beach day and why warm soup on a cold day is so nourishing. So, take on a holistic approach to wellness this spring, and trust yourself and your body. What would taste good? What would nourish you?
As April showers give way to May flowers, here are five ideas for finding balance and inspiration:
1. Do a Cleanse
In Ayurvedic practices, a cleanse for the body and mind is often experienced at the change of the season. Take a moment and look both inward and outward at what needs clearing. Now might be a good time to try out some recipes from that vegetarian cookbook you got for the holidays or do a deep declutter of your workspace. Perhaps you need to call a therapist or schedule a long journaling session to help release that thought you can’t seem to release.
Though you may choose to try something like a rigorous panchakarma, or purifying ritual, an overhaul of your desk (goodbye last year’s bills!), sleeping space (goodbye sheets that scratch me!), pantry (goodbye processed foods!), refrigerator (goodbye sugar!), or bathroom toiletries (goodbye ingredients I can’t pronounce!) can make your space supportive for inspiration and intention.
2. Cook Nourishing Food
During spring months, choose Kapha-balancing foods. Ayurvedic chefs recommend favoring food that is warm, light, and well-spiced, especially pungent spices such as:
- Black pepper
Reduce cold, sour, sweet, and salty foods, as well as all dairy products and fatty meats. In The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies, Vasant Lad recommends drinking tea made from ginger, black pepper, and cinnamon after each meal. You can also try adding this recipe to your routine:
An Ayurvedic staple, Kitchari cooked with kapha-balancing veggies can be served as a side dish or main course. There are endless variations of this complete meal, so combine the grains, proteins, and vegetables to taste. Serves 1-2.
- 1/2 cup rice
- ¼ cup split mung dhal
- 1 1/2 cups water or veggie broth
- 1 small sweet potato, chopped
- 1 cup kapha-balancing vegetables: broccoli, celery, kale, mushrooms, beets, or whatever is in season local to your region
- 1 tablespoon ghee or olive oil
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
- 1 tablespoon chopped scallions
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- ¼ cup organic coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- salt and pepper to …read more
Source: Deepak Chopra