Stay Healthy This Spring!

 

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Ayurveda is all about balance – how to know if you have it, how to achieve it and how to keep it. One of the most important things you can do to stay in balance is to keep in tune with the calendar. As the seasons slide by, the body’s needs also slowly change. Ayurveda has come up with a scheme to fine tune your diet and lifestyle practices to stay in harmony with the changes in nature. Ritucharya, the science of seasonal rhythms, is based on the weather outside the window and the effect that it will have on the body’s patterns of health.

Ritucharya is based on an awareness of the climate, not on calendar months or dates. If spring comes early, your program will change to the spring routine a little early too. For example, if the weather is warming up, gradually increase the amounts of cooling foods in our daily meals to compensate. On the other hand, if there is still a nip in the air and the nights are cold enough to make you think about a blanket, the routine suggested for the spring season should not be adopted just because it is March.  Just as one season blends progressively into the next, merging gracefully, so should our dietary and living habits slip from one to the other without a hitch.

Spring is a time of changes – so much so that the transition from winter to spring is one of the most difficult and stressful shifts we go through all year. Winter, with its cold weather, gradually gives way to the increasing warmth of summer.

Your goal this spring will be to stabilize your health and make sure you are detoxified from the stored products of our sedentary winter metabolism. Your health strategy will be to stay warm, get moving, and lighten up your life. After all, you’ve been hibernating all winter, so this spring, concentrate on cleansing foods and teas. Spring is the time to eat a balanced diet and to begin the gradual transition to the cooler summer diet.

Pungent, bitter and astringent tastes clean out your tissues. Delicious, with a mildly bitter taste, leafy green vegetables, leeks, lettuce, okra, parsley and spinach are considered cleansing foods in Ayurveda. Artichoke flower would normally be consumed as a vegetable, but the raw globe can also be juiced. Astringent or “puckery” foods, like berries and grapes, especially green ones, can help with detoxifying, too. The warming herbs ginger, basil and coriander keep the later chill away.

Add to that some invigorating massage to get the blood circulating, and nice warm baths, saunas and warm herb rubs to revitalize and stimulate the tissues.

I wish you all a healthy Spring!

Be well,
~Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa


7 Comments

  • Sharon setaro says:

    What types of herbs do you recommend for the warm herb rubs?

  • carroll toste says:

    Happy Spring to you,
    I live in the northeast and this winter was brutal. As glad as I am to be transitioning to nice weather, my health has become a problem. With nature’s meltdown my health is compromised. I am experiencing a flare up of an old injury in my foot as well as a new diagnosis of blood disorder that will require medical treatment in Boston. My dosha is Kapha (some Vata too)
    I have followed many of the teachings of Yogi Bhajan and his sage advice since the 1970’s at Consciousness Cookery in LA.
    Can you advise me on some specific teas or diet to help clean the blood? I practice yoga and eat mostly clean. But I do love sweets. Thank you for your peace and love and guidance.

  • Kim Weaver says:

    Thank you for having this type of information. I really enjoyed this blog. Thank you I look forward to looking forward to more information on your blog to learn. Thank you again.
    Kim Weaver

  • Yogi says:

    Hi Sharon! Thank you for your question, and we apologize for the delay in getting back to you. Our herbalist, Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, recommends the following properly prepared body oils for warm herbal rubs: cinnamon, clove, ginger and black pepper. However, please note that everyone responds uniquely to herbs and botanicals, and we remind you to consult a qualified healthcare provider or dermatologist with any questions you may have regarding your personal use of herbal body oils, as they are best suited to identify any substances to which you may be uniquely sensitive. Be well!

  • Yogi says:

    Thank you for your message, Carroll! We hope you’ve been staying warm and enjoying the transition to spring.

    We currently have several teas formulated with traditionally used herbs that can help support the body while detoxifying and dieting. To view a full list and to read more about them, click here. However, please note that these suggestions are not intended to replace any professional medical recommendations. Here at Yogi, we take a conservative stand when it comes to individual health, especially with regard to specific medical conditions such as blood disorders. Given that everyone responds uniquely to particular herbs and botanicals, we advise that you consult your qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have about your individual health. He or she is best suited to identify substances to which you may be uniquely sensitive, as well as make recommendations specific to your personal medical profile.

    For further questions about our teas, we welcome you to email customerservice@yogiproducts.com. Be well!

  • Traci nixon says:

    I recently found out I have an allergy to glycerin. Do any of your teas or the bags contain this product please?
    I love your tea!

  • Yogi says:

    Thank you for your question, Traci! Here at Yogi, the only ingredient used in any of our teas that contains glycerin is our Natural Honey Flavor. At this time, this ingredient is only used in two of our current teas: Honey Lemon Throat Comfort and Honey Lavender Stress Relief. In addition, we reached out to the supplier of our tea bag material, and they confirmed that the filtration paper we procure from them does not contain nor is it processed with glycerin. We hope this helps! If you have any further questions, we welcome you to email us at customerservice@yogiproducts.com. Be well!

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