Spring is a season of renewal and growth. We sense an opportunity for a fresh, clean start as we prime ourselves to lighten up and rejuvenate.
As nature emerges from its winter slumber, we experience a renewed sense of joy and inspiration. However, spring is also associated with seasonal irritants, heaviness, and lethargy.
Spring aligns with kapha dosha or the earth and water element. This could potentially manifest as weight gain, water retention, sadness, allergies, etc.
This is the season to cleanse and uplift the gateways to your mind and body. The following tips are designed to antidote the impact of spring on your 5-senses.
Sense of Taste
Consume fresh and locally grown foods. Prioritize bitter, pungent, and astringent tastes. Nature, in its infinite wisdom, grows foods that act as an antidote to the season. Examples include citrus, berries and dark leafy greens.
Sense of Smell
Create aromas with essential oils that smell light and invigorating. Examples include clove, juniper, eucalyptus, rosemary, lemon, nutmeg, laurel, and peppermint.
Sense of Sight
Warm and bright colors invigorate kapha. Best colors for spring are red and orange. Yellow and green for ‘fall-like’ days; violet and blue for ‘summer-like’ days.
Sense of Sound
Upbeat and lively sounds reduce kapha’s tendency to feel low. Opera and jazz qualify as uplifting music. Also consider the North Indian raga of Basant, Behar or Hindol.
Sense of Touch
Kapha is invigorated through your skin by coarseness and heat. Gently dry brush your skin with silk or garshana gloves and then massage with a warming oil like almond (unless you are comfortable with sesame or mustard).