Unclog the Body. Defog the Mind
This week marked the Spring Equinox. Winter took her final bow, and the curtain is now rising for Spring to take center stage.
The change of seasons is a potent time to cleanse. Most folks spring clean their homes to clear clutter. Clearing out any physical or mental clutter in the body and mind, due to the cold, heavy and damp qualities of winter, is key to creating optimal health and wellbeing this spring.
Have you accumulated a little flab around the middle? Getting sinus congestion and colds? Do you feel a bit lethargic, like a big bear awakening from hibernation?
These are signs of excess kapha dosha. A gentle at-home cleanse is just what I recommend to unclog the body and defog the mind.
My personal style for cleansing, and the 3-day “Ayurvedic Cleanse and Awaken Adventure” I offer to clients, includes these key 5 elements:
The 5 Ayurvedic Elements for An Optimal Cleanse
According to Ayurveda, man is a microcosm of the Universe. The five elements: earth, water, fire, air and ether, make up the Universe, and our body and mind.
The cleanse protocol I created is a powerful way to align a personal cleanse with the energies of the Universe. Micro meets macro. Synergy. Alignment. Success.
Here’s how the 5 elements of the “Ayurvedic Cleanse and Awaken Adventure” align with the 5 Universal elements. I’ve also shared easy, effective and enjoyable Ayurvedic Cleansing Tips. Follow them and you will feel lighter and brighter this spring!
1. Detox and The Air Element. The main goal of a cleanse is removing toxins from the body and mind. All movement in the body, mind and Universe is governed by the air element. Movement is integrated into a cleanse routine via yoga poses, pranayamas, and gentle Ayurvedic body purification remedies like abhyangha.
2. Nourish and The Fire Element. My Ayurvedic cleanse includes nourishing and easy-to-digest foods likeSongwriter’s Kitchari and rice pudding. Special attention is given to stoke the main digestive fire – agni, from which all transformation and life is born. Nourish the agni…flourish the life.
Tip: Eat Songwriter’s Kitchari once a week for lunch and dinner.
3. Rejuvenate and The Water Element. Nothing feels more rejuvenating than getting in water! Whether it’s an ocean dip, herbal bath, or rose water spritz, water refreshes the body, mind and spirit. Another way to integrate the water element is having a fresh-squeezed organic juice for a meal. My favorite Santa Barbara juice spots?The Juice Club and Kotuku Elixir Bar.
Tip: Savor a fresh juice for one of your weekly meals. Pour into your favorite glass and sip from a colorful bendy straw.
4. Pamper and The Earth Element. Pamper in a cleanse? You bet! When our body and mind are grounded in ease, everything functions and flows better. Rest or naps in a garden hammock, pedicures, restorative pose at bedtime, or reading at the beach are not indulgences. They are self-care investments in long-term health care goals! Earth element provides stability. A daily self-care act stabilizes the body and mind.
Tip: Each night before lights out, invest 8 minutes minding your “P’s & Q’s”. Savor your Peace and Quiet.Stargaze from favorite hammock. Child’s and legs up wall pose.
5. Create and The Space Element. Space allows for optimal movement and creative expansion. All creative acts need space, whether it’s our body’s cells, piece of music, or a painting. We often fill our daily schedule to the point of cramped capacity. All my clients who have done the 3-Day “Ayurvedic Cleanse and Awaken Adventure” said they felt better when integrating creative time into their day.
Tip: Schedule 8 minutes of creative playtime into your day. Journal. Doodle. Paint. Garden. Draw. Get crazy creative with paper, gel pens and washi tape.
“Self-care is true love. Fall in love with yourself every day.” ~kellen
Baby Steps to Blossoming Health and Happiness
“Finding balance and maintaining balance, is a daily process and lifelong adventure.”~kellen
Making healthy lifestyle changes can seem daunting, hard, and even impossible.
So, how does one find the time and energy to add more on the “to-do list”?
One of my favorite movies is “What About Bob”. Bob wants to make a life change – to become more stable, confident and happy. Yet, he doesn’t know how to begin.
Bob: I can’t do that. It’s too big!
Dr. Leo: Baby steps Bob. Baby steps.
The Ayurvedic pathway to regaining and maintaining balance in body and mind is all about baby steps.
I am here to help you take those baby steps, by creating the best Ayurvedic daily routine to reach your health, wellbeing and creative goals. Contact me for a personal consult. Mention “baby steps” and save $15. Offer ends April 1.
This spring, cleanse and rejuvenate your body and mind. Remove the obstacles preventing you from experiencing optimal health and abundant creativity in all aspects of your life. Declog your body…unfog your mind, and watch many amazing things blossom.
Happy spring and BIG hugs y’all!
This is one of my Ayurvedic Tonics that is perfect for springtime! It integrates the bitter taste (aloe vera), which is the natural taste of spring. Bitter is cooling and cleansing, and has affinity for the liver. The pungent taste oftrikatu* helps clear excess kapha congestion from sinuses and upper chest. Lime and rose water are sweet and cooling, a nice balance to warm springtime weather. Honey is the anupan, carrying the healing qualities of the herbs into the body’s tissues.
*Trikatu is a blend of three pungent spices: Black Pepper. Ginger and Long Pepper. Long pepper is also known as pippali. my beloved teacher of Ayurveda, Dr. Lad, once had a parrot named Pippali.
My favorite rose water is from Maharishi Ayurveda. Organic, sustainably farmed and it comes in a blue glass bottle! Save 10% using “brugman10″ when ordering!