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Balancing with Ayurveda

60c69375a17a4513ce5a6ef052dbf17c_1 Yes, we are all saying it. In Ayurveda our moods, thoughts and actions can be determined, for better or worse, by the weather. Spring time can be a combination of cold, wet and windy days, but with our prayers and thoughts vying for a warm sunny day. so not only does the actual quality of the weather pull us out of balance so does our longing to be somewhere else. The Doshas are 3 main types of energies in the world and make up ‘us’. All of them are derived from the elements each of us has a bit of the element or a lot of the element in us. Vata Dosha is like the wind it actually means ‘Air’, Pitta Dosha is fire and Kapha Dosha is Earth and Water.
The change of season can uproot us on many levels. Spring is a time of new growth, graduations marriages and many events of transition are sprouting up. The wind that creates Vata creates change. Hence “winds of change”. Besides being a time of innovation and inspiration it can create a sense of instability and insecurity. On the other hand Kapha is a cold damp day that makes you want to curl up on your couch and feel heavy and withdrawn. Navigating our way through this combination of weather can be confusing and disturbing. But we have a few tools that can help us to warm up and use the inspiration of Vata and the groundedness of Kapha to help us to be ‘strong and move forward’.

*A warm sesame oil ‘bath’ can help to ground and warm you. It is also very nurturing and loving which, for some of us, is very important to bring into our daily lives. It is not really a bath, but called a bath because it is done before you bathe or shower. Massaging the warm sesame oil into your skin, circling the joint areas and massaging the oil towards your heart. Your whole body can be oiled including your head, but its ok to skip that if you don’t want to get your hair oily. Leave on for 5-10 minutes before the shower. allow this time to be a few minutes that you meditate or just notice the flow of your breath. Check the link to see of a video of how to apply the oil here.

*Breath of Fire is a great way to warm up and get the blood flowing. Sit in a comfortable position either on the floor or in a chair. Close your eyes and sit up straight and take a few deep breaths noticing the flow your breath. Then begin a rapid inhale and exhale through your nose. You are not hyperventilating. The inhale and exhale are even just rapid. This may get faster over time as you become more comfortable with it. Here is a link to help you understand it. After 3 minutes relax your breath and focus on 3 things that you have to be great-full for. Really feel it in your heart and send love towards the ones or the events, things that you have thought of.

* A warm cup of Chai either with Black tea or Decaf or Rooibos. Heating up cardamon, cinnamon and ginger about an eigth of a teaspoon should be enough in 2 cups of liquid, half milk, half water. Using any type of milk you like, almond, soy or coconut.

* A few herbal and flower essences can also be helpful to help you balance. Vata types who might feel anxious and unstable try: Basil, Orange, Rose, Geranium, Clove, Patchouli, and Vanilla.
* To balance Kapha who might be feeling heavy, dull and sluggish try: Camphor, Juniper, Eucalyptus, Marjoram, and Clove.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like a personal consultation to determine your Dosha and ways to help balance your body, mind and spirit.

Mary @ 267-252-2389