Spring is ruled by the kapha dosha, whose qualities are heavy, cool, soft, dense, stable, solid and cloudy. To adjust for the season, consider the following practices:
• Wake with the sunrise! One of the best practices to minimize the heavy quality of the morning is to wake with the sun (around 5:30 am this time of year). You might be surprised how much more energy you have.
• Get moving. Your muscles are strongest between 6 and 10 am. Get outside for a brisk walk, practice Yoga or hit the gym.
• Eat lighter foods. In the winter months, we naturally gravitate to heavier foods for warmth. To lighten up, try foods that are light, dry and fresh.
• Got allergies? Try the neti pot to clear the nasal passages. Use ¼ tsp of sea salt with warm water, a half a pot per nostril. End your neti pot routine by massaging a little sesame oil or nasya oil into each nostril.
•Lastly get outside when you can. Sit in the sun and meditate or read a book. Take a stroll after meals, walk in nature if possible. Spring is a time of rejuvenation. Use this time of year as a new beginning and embrace change.
WOTV 4 women’s wellness expert Michele Fife