Ayurveda for Spring Health & wellness

Spring is a magical time. The weather warms up, the days are longer, blossoms bloom, seeds sprout, animals birth, and generally people get a little spring in their step – the pulse of life quickens.

Nature makes it look so smooth and effortless, but for us humans it can be a little more challenging moving gracefully from one season to the next—especially from winter to spring. More often we find ourselves feeling heavy and sluggish, like a cranky bear reluctantly coming out of hibernation.

Ayurveda, yoga’s sister science, shows us that the key to feeling in step with the seasons is to harmonise with nature – following her lead and dancing to her rhythm. Ayurveda, Sanskrit for ‘life knowledge’ is all about finding balance, and enabling each person’s internal environment (the body and mind) to work harmoniously with their external environment.

The rishis (the ancient mystical “seers” who founded the yoga tradition) created rituals and festivals to honour each season and to remind us of our connection to mother earth. Living in alignment with the seasons is one of the best ways to help support health and wellbeing, helping to balance the immune system, digestive pathways, and each person’s dosha.

Without diving too deeply into dosha’s – let’s touch on them briefly.

There are three doshas made up of the elements: Vata (air/space), Pitta (fire/water), and Kapha (earth/water). Each person has a combination of all three in their constitution and different factors (physical, mental, environmental) can throw us off balance. Becoming aware of your constitution and the triggers that throw you off balance can help you find practices to harmonise once again. To learn more about the dosha’s and discover your own, take a look at this dosha quiz. (This is for general knowledge it is best to consult an Ayurvedic practitioner for specific advice).

Just as each person has a predominant dosha, each season is also governed by a particular dosha. Spring is closely linked to Kapha, with the qualities of moistness, heaviness, abundance, but also lethargy. Spring is related to the elements of earth and water.

A powerful way to shift this heavy feeling energy is to incorporate changes into our Yoga routine, to do that, we look to work with the opposing elements – we welcome more Air, Space, and Fire energy in our Yoga postures. This means more poses that incorporate movement (Air), promote lightness (Space), and increase heat (Fire) in the body. Take a look at our free Springtime Ayurvedic class here.

It’s a metaphorical shaking off of the winter coat to allow new growth and abundance during the coming months.

As we shift into a new season, our daily needs are shifting too. Winter was a time for restoration, but in spring, we look to incorporate more movement and lightness into our daily habits

This may seem to be rather overwhelming at first, but you can begin to integrate change anywhere you’re most comfortable—maybe you will choose to begin with your practice or with your diet. Whatever changes you decide to make, even if they’re small, commit to sticking with them. Successful transformation rarely happens with a quick fix or a brief burst of dedication, especially when you’re dealing with the kapha dosha.

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22nd March 2024 12:30pm (AEDT)

Hatha Community Class with Ahimsa Helen Cushing

Ahimsadhara is an expert teacher and author in yoga for trauma survivors. After teaching War Veterans for many years, she is now focusing on international programs and further writing. In this class, she uses asanas to help with healthy breathing and as a preparation for pranayama and yoga nidra.

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22nd April 2024 12:30PM (AEST)

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Angela is an experienced Yogi and Dru Teacher Trainer, environmental campaigner, peace educator, and avid traveller, always seeking the best methods to promote health through Dru Yoga’s practices. Join Angela on the mat for a simple journey through energy block release, alignment with sequence, asana and mudra to leave you feeling refreshed, inspired and welcoming change.

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