Spring in New England brings with it a variety of outdoor cleansing experiences (from sun, to rain and snow!) to transition us into the next season. Ayurveda, yoga’s sister science, can help us do the same! In our April 7 2018 Ayurveda for Self Care workshop, we explored many gentle techniques from this holistic healing system to support our body in the seasonal transitions.
Ayurveda helps us to make deeper connections to ourselves by exploring our inner nature through the lens of the elemental forces of nature: Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether. Through these elements, we can better understand our Dosha’s (unique constitution) and customize daily habits of self care and gently, daily detoxification. We discussed tongue scraping and oil pulling (gentle swishing of oils in the mouth in the morning) as ways to keep the mouth (the start point of digestion) clean. Dry skin brushing is another way to gently stimulate the lymphatic system (network of tissues and organs that rid the body of toxins). We took a tri-dosha approach (techniques that support all of the unique constitutions) to explore self massage techniques with specific oils and sipped various teas that can help support gentle daily internal cleansing and digestion. It was a cleansing and sensory filled day for us all!
Here are some simple recipes, with ingredients you may already have in your kitchen, to try today:
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 inch of sliced ginger
local honey (optional)
Mix all together and sip, first thing in the morning (after tongue scraping and oil pulling), to start your digestive fire.
1 tsp total of equal parts: cumin, coriander and fennel seeds. Place seeds in a tea strainer or bag, fill cup with boiling water and let steep for 5 min (or up to 10, if you like it stronger).
Sip throughout the day to support healthy digestion.
You may also wish to simply chew a teaspoon of this seed mix after meals, as a way to support digestion.
Blog written by Amy Di Lillo Certified Yoga Therapist and doTERRA wellness advocate.
Join, Amy Di Lillo, for classes at Balance Studio and future workshops on Ayurveda & your Dosha and Yoga Nidra for Seasonal Allergies.