We are seeing the last hurrah of winter up here in the mountains but officially spring has arrived and you can see evidence of it in the growing buds on the trees and the beautiful yellow daffodils and wattle at every turn.
Spring is a great time for detoxing and giving your home, life and body a good ol’ spring clean. Below are some of my top tips for making the most of this time of year:
- Make some ‘new season’ resolutions. Although it’s not a new year it is energetically the start of a new cycle and this can be a wonderful time to set intentions and manifest some dreams. It’s a great time also to detox your life and let go of any habits that might be getting in the ways of those dreams and goals. Here’s an invitation to reflect on something that you need to let go of. You might like to write this down in a journal or create something symbolic that could be offered up in fire ceremony on the next new moon (20th September 2017 is the next one).
- Spring clean your home and garden. Take advantage of the nesting energy of spring to sort through clothes, junk room, pantry and cupboards. Brush the cobwebs away, have a good dust and deep clean the bathroom and kitchen. Turn over the soil in the garden ready for planting and start making it enticing for the warmer weather! This is the time for house projects galore and it feels so good to declutter and make everything sparkly. No need for nasty chemical cleaners either. There are heaps of great recipes for home made cleaning products using Essential Oils here.
- Detox your diet. Doing a cleanse is a great way to reset your system. Good cleanses provide a menu and supplement support for your body to get rid of toxins and rebuild gut health. Spring is great time to do this but if you can wait until it gets noticeably warmer so your body is ready after it’s potential winter hibernation and fat storage! You can go as hard core as a juice cleanse but don’t need to. I have done The Natural Nutritionist Back to Basics Cleanse, choosing not to eat gluten, sugar, dairy, caffeine or alcohol but indulging in heaps of delicious real food goodness. You can read about that journey here. I am still fairly gluten and sugar free and my gut loves me for it.
- Create a cleansing routine for your body. If you don’t have a morning cleansing routine already this is a great time to start one. Some ideas to add to your morning ritual include:
- Coconut oil pulling – pop a tbsp of coconut oil in your mouth and allow to sit in there for around 10-20 minutes (maybe while having a shower). Don’t swallow it – spit it the sink or bin and then brush teeth with water only). This is said to remove toxins from the mouth and tongue.
- Dry brushing – before showering use a body brush to brush the skin (always brushing towards the heart). This improves circulation and brushes away dead skin.
- Use a neti pot with a salt water solution to cleanse the sinuses before eating.
- Have a shot of Apple Cider Vinegar on an empty stomach. This gets your digestive system firing ready for the day and improves gut health if it’s proper ACV.
- Drink a glass of water with a squeeze of lemon or a drop of Lemon Essential Oil. Again great for digestion.
- Ensure you are drinking enough during the day. Two to three litres of filtered water or herbal tea is recommended depending on your own needs and activity.
- Support yourself with yoga. Energetically, spring is a great time to dust off the cobwebs of winter and start more of a dynamic practice if you’ve been taking it slower. Vinyasa yoga sequences that incorporate twists and core strengthening as well as moving the spine as much as possible can help to shift any energetic blockages. In Traditional Chinese Medicine spring is the season relating to the Liver, which supports the detoxification of the body. Yin yoga poses that target the Liver are great to practice during this time such as Butterfly, Square pose, Sleeping Swan, Shoelace and Twisted Roots.
- Detox your mind. We naturally think about spring cleaning the house and starting a fresh health regime in spring but the mind is often forgotten. This is also a great time to incorporate those same ideas to our habitual ways of thinking. Simple and short breath meditation practices are a great place to start to calm and focus the mind. A daily gratitude journal as well as incorporating some other positive practices such as loving kindness or compassion meditations can also be really powerful ways to brush away any negative thinking that may be holding you back. You can find some guided meditations here.
We’ll be incorporating all of these themes in the Alpine Spring Yoga Retreat being held 29 Sep – 1 Oct 2017 at 215 Mt Buffalo Retreat. Still a couple of spots left as I write so book in now!