Elevate Your Spring: Ayurvedic Rituals for a Healthier You 

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With winter weather finally giving way to spring’s warmer temperatures, our bodies are undergoing a similarly subtle yet transformative change. In Ayurveda, the changing of seasons is a special period of adaptation. Today, we’re focusing on Vasantha Ritucharya, the transition into the spring season. 

This time is critical for harmonizing your internal world with the changing external environment. These periods of significant transition are connected to the concept of Ritucharya, or seasonal regimens and routines that should be followed to help adapt to these external changes in season and/or daily weather. 

Bridging Seasons with Grace

Ayurveda specifically emphasizes a connection between the last seven days of the last season (winter) with the first seven days of the new season (spring). During this time, the emphasis is on making lifestyle changes mindfully and gradually in order to better welcome the new season. 

The idea of Vasantha Ritucharya is not to entirely or abruptly change your behaviors overnight. In fact, navigating the seasonal change with this type of intensity can lead to negative side effects like imbalance or illness. Instead, Ayurveda encourages us to let go of bad habits we developed in the last season, while beginning to embrace the behaviors that will contribute to a healthier lifestyle. 

Spring Regimens from Vasantha Ritucharya

During winter, Kapha dosha is dominant, causing more sluggishness and increasing the likelihood of having respiratory issues. Vasantha Ritucharya teaches us to focus on restoration and strengthening in order to help maintain harmony between Kapha dosha and Pitta dosha. There are numerous ways to do this: 
  • Prioritize foods with bitter, pungent, light, and warm qualities. This can help stimulate digestion, reduce heaviness, and kindle more optimal metabolism.
  • Choose easily digestible foods like barley, green leafy vegetables, herbal teas, and astringent fruits like pomegranates. This can support an increase in energy without burdening your digestive system.
  • Add more fermented drinks to your diet, especially those that are made from fruits, vegetables, grains, or herbs. This includes honey water, rosewood water, honey wine, and dry ginger water.
  • Combine sun salutations with moderate exercise, like brisk walks.
  • Integrate self-massage and warm oil massages into your weekly routines. This can both increase circulation and help awaken the parts of your body that may be a bit dormant after the cold winter months. 

Build Warming Rituals Into Your Days

There are various warming rituals that can help with Kapha reduction. This is an important piece of the transition to springtime because it helps your body acclimate to the warmer weather while flushing out what is left from wintertime. 

These rituals include… 

  • Soaking in herbal baths infused with neem, sandalwood, or rose 
  • Using herbal masks made from camphor, sandalwood, or turmeric 
  • Adding emesis therapy to help eliminate accumulated Kapha
  • Establishing regular nasal administration of medicated oils 

Additional Practices to Increase Harmony

Vasantha Ritucharya can benefit from an increase in social connections. By spending time with loved ones, you can help foster more positive emotions. The combination of socialization and happier feelings can counteract Kapha’s influence on your mind. 

These social interactions can help to reduce stress, boost your mood, and enhance your overall health. Especially as we transition out of winter – which is a time of cold and quiet – spending more time with our loved ones can help us gently welcome this seasonal transition to more enthusiastic and outgoing times of year.