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Spring is Coming!
Spring is on the way, bringing warmer temperatures, longer days... and wind. Ayurveda offers some easy remedies to help balance the disruptive effects of spring winds!
Spring is on the way, bringing warmer temperatures, longer days... and wind. The ancient wisdom of Ayurveda advises us that while wind can bring the anticipation of new possibilities, it can also make us feel out of sorts. Wind aggravates the Vata dosha, and can cause difficulty sleeping, disrupt creativity, and increase anxiety.
Luckily, Ayurveda provides us with some easy remedies to help ameliorate the negative effects of wind:
- Drink something warm. Ginger tea with a touch of honey can help warm you from the inside, taking away the chill of the spring winds. Shannon drinks simple hot water to help balance her temperature and calm her nerves.
- Wear a scarf or light sweater. Even on a warm day, draping something light around your neck can help to comfort your nervous system and protect you from the unsettling effects of wind.
- Lightly cook your food. Cold, raw foods such as salad are more difficult to digest and can deplete body heat - these are best reserved for the warmth of summer. Warm, cooked foods such as soups, stews, or lightly steamed veggies are nourishing to your body and your nervous system.
So if the spring winds have you feeling a little wonky, try these Ayurvedic remedies to soothe and ground yourself, and please let us know if they help!
"When you chase after status, money, power, or accolades, you waste energy, but when your actions are motivated by love, your energy expands and accumulates. So take it easy and be guided by love."
~ Deepak Chopra
About the author:
Shannon Allstott is originally from Portland, Oregon, and moved to Colorado in 1995. She now lives in Fort Collins with her husband, two children, and assorted pets. When she's not in the studio, she's often knitting, practicing yoga, running, or hiking around with her kids.
Shannon is a Licensed Massage Therapist in the State of Colorado. She's also a Certified Viniyoga Teacher, and has completed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course developed by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Shannon is currently studying Ayurveda with the American Institute of Vedic Studies. She specializes in Functional Bodywork, including Medical Massage for injury or surgery recovery, pain relief, mindfulness, and stress management.