Spring Cleansing In Ayurveda
Spring is a season of birth, new beginnings, renewal, and growth.
Our physiology senses a natural opportunity for a fresh, clean start; cleanse ourselves of any accumulated imbalances, and rejuvenate our deepest tissues.
Spring is a time for invigorating exercise, gradually getting back into shape.
During the colder months, we tend to just curl up on the couch. While this is super comfy, lack of movement,over-eating during holidays can cause stagnation within the body that can lead to toxic buildup.
It's especially important to balance kapha in the spring, because kapha accumulates during winter and can create diseases by the time spring arrives.
For many, the spring season is also associated with colds, congestion, hay fever,flu,allergies,fatigue, depression, and weight gain.
What is Ama (toxin- build up)?
Ama is the accumulation of toxins in the body from improperly digested food or waste materials in the body.
This substance is heavy, dense, cold, and slimy and blocks energy flows, leading to obstructed nourishment and disease.
Ama is the root of most colds, fevers and flu, as well as the chronic diseases of a weak auto-immune system which may range from allergies and hay fever to asthma,arthritis and many more.
Symptoms of ama (toxins) in the body:
According to ancient Ayurvedic practice, Spring is the best time of year to detox and reset.
As the weather warms, shedding the excess kapha dosha, is a crucial part of the transformation. This is the ideal time to clear out those heavy, winter foods and toxins that accumulated over the past few months.
A seasonal routine is actually one of our best tools for minimizing spring’s kapha-aggravating potential while supporting the elimination of any accumulated excess.
With a seasonal diet and lifestyle that invites a little extra lightness, sharpness, dryness, and heat into our lives, we can support our physiology in its natural process of springtime renewal and revitalization.
Detoxification is a natural body process to reduce ama. It is, however, compromised when our system becomes overloaded from a variety of causes that include poor diet, allergies, stress, infections, and toxins.
So what can we do to support the body’s natural process of detoxification at this time of year?
Panchakarma is an ancient form of Ayurvedic purification which removes ‘ama’.
By cleansing and detoxifying the body, it also helps build the natural fire within the body, or ‘agni’
It is the ultimate mind body detoxifying experience.
For those seeking a greater sense of wellness and those recovering from physical, emotional and/or spiritual trauma, a Pancha Karma program may be just the perfect thing your body is asking for.
Benefits of detoxification
Dietary Tips for Spring: