Spring is Kapha Season
Spring brings in pollen, rain, and all life bursting forth as the winter season melts and leaves. This can create a wet and possibly mucous type environment in your body. Eat more pungent (spicy) and astringent foods like greens, black pepper and cinnamon. Use a neti pot if your sinus cavity is full and sweat! Get out and enjoy the bounty of nature.
There may be a bit of heaviness if you aren’t moving your bowels enough, try a Spring Cleanse by limiting your diet to simple foods like mung beans, steamed greens and more spices like cumin, fennel, black pepper, fenugreek, and turmeric. Triphala is a wonderful Ayurvedic herb combination to heal and balance the bowels.
Use this mudra for the Segmented breathing or try Breath of Fire with this Mudra to awaken your metabolism and warm you up! Do not do Breath of Fire if you are pregnant, on the first days of your moon cycle or have a hiatal hernia.
Segmented Breathing for Steady Spirit
Sit in a comfortable seated pose
Hands on knees in Surya Mudra (Ring finger and thumb touching)
Eyes closed looking downward towards tip of nose
Inhale in 2, 4 or 8 distinct sniffs
Pause with breath in
Exhale in 4, 8 or 16 parts using abdominal muscles to aid in breath release
Pause with breath out
The ratio is 1:2, so for 2 inhales, you will exhale in 4 parts, etc.
Calmly do this for 3, 6 or 11 minutes daily to establish a calmer and stronger connection with your Parasympathetic system.
In our go, go, go world our Sympathetic Nervous system and the adrenal glands experience incredible stress and depletion. This simple pranayama (breath control) will help to “reset” the link between the systems and give relief to the Adrenal glands, as well it will ground Vata for the Fall.