It’s Spring cleaning time: the birds are singing, and buds are forming on the trees; light is returning, and all around, new life is unfolding. The dormancy of winter has passed and we are emerging from our hibernation. Our bodies, too, slowed down during the winter months as we spent more time inside. We were less active, more insular, and more sedentary. Now, with the advent of spring, we are re-emerging into life. The sun, air, flowers, trees, everything is coming forth. It’s time to breathe in the fresh air, throw off the old blanket of winter, and come out and play.
Rejuvenation in body and mind
Spring has sprung, and there is much rejuvenation in the air. Both our homes and bodies are ready for a good spring cleaning. It’s the perfect time of year to put away those heavy coats and jackets and bring out lighter, more colorful clothing.
Time to clean your body and shed those extra pounds you’ve gained during the winter. Time to rekindle those new year’s resolutions: lose weight, get fit, take up yoga, self-improvement, and self-empowerment to increase your well-being and energy levels. Time to start taking better care of yourself, develop healthy habits, strengthen your immune system, and attend to existing health issues. Time to re-align with your body and mind, and move in a direction that’s right for you. Time to stop putting your life on hold and step into the light of a brazen new day. Time to declutter both our homes and minds in order to approach this new season with perfect mental health and clarity.
How to detox the body
So let’s talk about detoxification and cleaning your body of the toxins that have accumulated from heavy foods eaten in the winter months. How does one detox the body? There are many ways: drink water, attend the farmers market, eat more fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole foods, exercise, spend time outside, play frisbee, run, walk, or enjoy your favorite sports. Also, partaking of Ayurvedic detox programs like panchakarma and virechana may be beneficial as well.
Ayurveda is a system of medicine native to India that has been around for thousands of years and treats the mind and the body to improve health and promote wellness.
Detoxifying in the Spring is an important part of the Ayurvedic seasonal routine, as spring is the Kapha season. The wet, cool weather reflects the moist, cool heavy qualities of the kapha dosha that predominate from March to June.
What are the benefits of spring cleaning for the body?
- Weight loss
- Feeling lighter, clearer
- Having more energy and stamina
- Connecting with nature
- Having healthier skin, nails, and hair
- Increasing Vitamin D
Spring cleaning clears away the dross, rejuvenates the body, mind, and spirit, and boosts our overall health. It is a win-win choice for optimizing your life so you can blossom into radiance.
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