Spring is almost here (March 20th), there have been tiny glimpses of the warming weather. Spring is Kapha (Earth and Water) when the ice thaws and causes mud and built up pools of water draining off the streets. Everyone has at least a little Kapha in them, the more Kapha traits you have the more Spring will affect you, causing mucous (mud), lethargy, melancholy and water retention (excess water). All of these Kapha symptoms cause a dulling of the digestive fire because of the excess water and earth quality.
10 days before Spring, March 10th marks daylight savings. The increased sunlight, allows us to be more active to counteract the spring, but it can also cause a disturbance in your digestive system as well. As the time change sets into effect, your meal time automatically becomes out of alignment, with no fault of your own, shifting forward an hour. That means that if you normally eat at 5pm your digestive fire is now strong at 6pm. But don’t worry your digestive fire will figure this out, but it may take up to a week. This may feel like a sluggish digestion, or feeling your food after you eat it.
Move into Spring with ease:
Roasted Fennel Seeds– Eating this neutral spice before meals helps stoke digestive fire. If you have more Kapha symptoms you can use dry ginger instead, to remove ama (toxins) and congestion.
Cooked greens, especially Kale- Greens are a natural source of fiber removing ama (toxins) and keeping bowels moving.
Fish Pose/Matsyasana– This pose is great decongestant for the lungs, increasing oxygen flow and enhancing your mood. Start laying on your back. Place palms under sit bones or next to hips palms down. Push through the forearms, hands and elbows as you lift your heart towards the sky, as if you were being poked with a broom between the shoulder blades. Feel the biceps rolling outward allowing the shoulder blades to engage down the back. (This action also activates Marma Points, (Ayurvedic pressure points) at the crease of the arm, where the shoulder and body meet, increasing lung capacity and oxygen absorption.) Engage the legs pointing through the balls of the feet.
Modification: Start Sitting with legs extended. Place palms on the floor 8-10 inches behind you, fingertips pointing towards toes. Push down through the palms of the hands, shoulders away from the ears. Lift your heart towards the sky, as if you were being poked with a broom between the shoulder blades. Feel the biceps rolling outward allowing the shoulder blades to engage down the back. Engage the legs pointing through the balls of the feet.
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