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Spring is the season of renewal. Here, 7 ways you can hit refresh from the inside out with everything from a new sun salute to a healthy detox.
1. Salute the sun—108 times
The spring equinox (when day and night are in nearly perfect balance) is Friday, March 20th, and yogis often celebrate with a series of 108 Sun Salutations. Renowned mathematicians of Vedic culture viewed 108 as a number of the wholeness of existence, and the number also connects the Sun, Moon, and Earth (the average distance of the Sun and the Moon to Earth is 108 times their respective diameters), Shiva Rea explains. Usher in spring with your own surya namaskar mala.
2. Freshen up your practice
Same old, same old sequences day in and day out? Get reinspired by trying something new. That could be as simple as Two Fit Moms’ seasonal twist on the traditional Sun Salutation. Try their Surya Namaskar variation done entirely in Tree Pose.
3. Recalibrate for Spring
In Ayurveda, spring is considered kapha season. Its heavy, foggy nature resembles the state of our bodies after winter spent cooped up indoors. To shed winter weight and get yourself in sync with nature, begin by cultivating the qualities that are the opposite of kapha—heat, movement, and lightness, says Larissa Carlson in Burn It Off: The Ayurvedic Spring Detox. Rebalance yourself for spring with her Ayurveda-informed plan.
4. Detox the healthy way
In Ayurveda, spring is traditionally detox season. The primary aim is to reduce and rebalance excess kapha. Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, nutritionist, chef, and yoga teacher Talya Lutzker recommends opting for bitter, pungent, and astringent tastes instead of sweet, salty, and sour. Start off the day with a large mug of hot water and the juice of half a lemon (a natural digestive aid, according to Ayurveda). Add a dash of cardamom, turmeric, tulsi (holy basil), or cayenne pepper. Get the rest of her kapha-reducing springtime meal plan.
5. Heal yourself with herbs
When used in moderation, herbs like triphala, turmeric, and ginger are especially good for springtime healing, says Scott Blossom, a licensed practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda consultant, and yoga teacher. Read more about how to use herbs for their health benefits in Blossom’s Seasonal Healing: Ayurvedic Herbs for Spring.
6. De-clutter—and de-stress
Giving your home a makeunder will clear away physical and spiritual clutter and create space to make a fresh start. Try these tips from Freshen Your Space for Spring: Put away winter essentials like extra blankets and furry slippers; change the color of your accessories from warm hues like reds, oranges, and yellows to cooling blues, lavenders, greens, and whites; and switch to natural, breathable fabrics like cotton and linen.
7. Get reacquainted with nature
Scott Blossom’s simple springtime prescription: Get outside and take some time to appreciate the beauty of the natural world. For example, witnessing the blooming flowers, maybe even over the course of several days, may give you a deeper appreciation for this season of rebirth. Get more of Blossom’s tips for making the most of the season.