How to Use the Energy of Spring to Make Changes in Your Life
Spring is a great season to make changes in our lives. The days get longer, the weather starts to improve and nature reminds us that time is not standing still.
However, as we emerge from winter we start to transition out of a Vata-dominated period into one dominated by Kapha which can bring its challenges, especially if your dominant dosha is heavy Kapha.
You might find that you are carrying heavy and sluggish energy from winter times and still feel like pulling the duvet close and falling back to sleep in the morning.
To help combat these heavy Kapha tendencies in all of us we may need to be a bit more proactive, so we can use the energy of spring to help us make the changes we want to see in our lives manifest.
If you don’t know your Ayurvedic Dosha, your mind-body type, make sure to take my Dosha Quiz and discover your Dosha!
So what changes do you want to make?
Now is a great time to reaffirm or define the changes you are looking to make in your life, to do this:
Revisit your New Year intention(s)
If you set yourself some intentions or resolutions at New Year spend time to reflect on these to see if you have been making progress towards achieving them? Check in to see if they are still aligned with what you are seeking to achieve in your life?
If you didn’t set an intention or you don’t feel that the goals you set yourself are aligned with what you now want to achieve, now is a great time to create a new intention around the changes you want to create in your life.
For more ideas on intention, setting check out my other blog here: How to Set Your Intention and Design Your New Year
Here are some ideas that you can use to help you supercharge your spring and help create the energy in your life that will assist you in manifesting your change!
Get up early
Spring is a great time to start or reaffirm a healthy morning routine and that means getting up early. Try to get up before 6am if you are able and start your Yoga & meditation practice as the sun rises (if this is part of your morning routine or if you are planning to start).
Kapha’s need exercise that is more vigorous to help stimulate them and combat the heaviness they feel. Why not try some yoga styles that are a bit more invigorating such as dynamic Vinyasa Flow Yoga.
Alternatively, get out in nature for a brisk morning walk or run. I find that even if it is looking a little dark outside in the morning when you actually get out there it is always lighter and more invigorating
Morning is best for exercise (between 6 am and 10 am), but evenings before dinner can also work – just don’t leave it too late and over-stimulate yourself!
Bring yellow into the house
Yellow is the color of spring and here in the UK many of the spring flowers are yellow, such as daffodils. Kapha is stimulated by yellow – so why not find some lovely yellow flowers and bring them into your home. If you have a garden you could also have a think about planting bulbs that come up in spring and bring color and joy in spring.
Eat lighter foods
In the winter months, we naturally gravitate toward sweet, sour, and salty foods to mitigate the dry, light qualities of the cold season. This can cause Kapha accumulation in the physical body. To lighten up, try foods that are pungent, bitter, and astringent, including kale, collards, dandelion, spinach, and mustard greens; strawberries, cherries, and blueberries; fresh green peas; and barley, quinoa, and millet.
Draw energy from the sun
Kapha is linked with water and earth and spring is a time when there can be water in abundance. To make sure this moisture does not overwhelm you and create imbalances, make sure you try to enjoy sunlight when you can get it and draw from the energy that it will provide you.
I hope you found these ideas useful!