2019 Spring News and Updates
Spring is in the air again, with kapha (phlegm) being aggravated and starting to liquefy with the warmer weather, and the time of allergies.
For allergies, place a little ghee (clarified butter) in the nostrils after cleansing sinuses with a neti pot in the morning (add a little warm water with a pinch of salt, ginger powder and cinnamon, with a drop or two of sesame oil). Otherwise, you can use Anu Taila, which you can purchase from us.
We need to continue our spices and herbs for the winter regimens, and also continue with those ginger drinks during this period.
Some yoga practices can also help (these are listed further on, below).
Ayurvedic Health Tips for Spring:
- Eat more dehydrated and dried fruits and nuts and avoid excessive intake of fresh fruit – especially in the mornings and evenings when kapha is high in our bodies
- Use mustard oil and spices for cooking, but avoid deep-fried and fried foods
- Wear reds, as this colour helps stimulate the mind and also heats the body, which is useful in Spring
- Go for Spas and Saunas, as these are heating and help liquefy kapha (phlegm) build-up during this season
- Excessive use of meats, dairy foods and seafood should also be avoided, due to kapha aggravation during Spring.
- Drink spiced teas and beverages, such as ginger and (old) honey with warm water and a little black pepper to clear the doshas
Yoga for Spring:
Perform Kapalabhati Pranayama, which is where we ‘pump’ the stomach and force our out rapidly. This helps dispel phlegm from sinuses.
Right-nostril breathing performed faster, also helps. This helps heap the mind and body and dispel tamas or darkness and lethargy in our minds and bodies; it helps invigorate us again.
Perform heating asanas or postures such as the staff-pose (dandasana), lion-pose (simhasana) and backward bends.
Use fiery meditations to the sun, red hues, deities such as Bhairava, Murugan (Mars/St. Michael), a candle, and also mantras such as Huṃ.
Ayurvedic Massages – Good or Bad?
Ayurveda has long considered the uses of massage, often as a daily palliative treatment, but performed with specific oils after a complete Ayurvedic examination by a trained professional to examine all facets of psychology, disorders, constitutional issues and others. Here, panaceas are often not the best, nor Ayurvedic per se!
Many forms of Ayurvedic massage today can actually be harmful as they can cause unwanted toxins in the body if performed outside of their required actions and techniques, which are specific cleansing actions or shodhana (purificatory) therapies; here, massages are often performed – again with specific oils, decoctions and substances – as preliminary methods (purvakarmas) to relocate toxins in the body and expel them, but in a clinical setting along with specific diets, formulas and lifestyle regimes as well. Such advanced and often aggressive methods are not to be performed for one and all, or outside specifically tailored detoxification programs, based on an individual’s disease category, age and other factors! This requires a full training in clinical Ayurveda from the classical point of view.
Other therapies are given as part of the Spa Ayurveda regimes today, which are just as bad, as such don’t target the true problems. Each disease requires specific treatment, internal and external, as a part of traditional Ayurveda over modernised New-Age Ayurveda often being practiced by Naturopaths and Yoga teachers.
For this reason, Indians were taught these sciences from youth and understood the spiritual and cultural contexts and rituals/implications that went along with this, which are important. The Hindu tradition and sciences are about specifics over generics.
As an example, you wouldn’t go to a Chinese person to learn how to bake French pastries, nor would you turn to the Frenchman to teach you about authentic Qi Gong as the two cultures are completely different. Being immersed in such and understanding such means also the language behind it – which is imperative one understand from youth to gauge these nuances, over those who have culturally-appropriated and set up ‘Wellness’ businesses and organisations, who often tend to pasteurise these teachings, to the detriment of many.
Here, while massages and Ayurvedic therapies are useful, they have to be performed simply after a full clinical assessment by a trained and experienced Practitioner, not simply given based on a few quizzes alone. The therapies and manner in which they are conducted also change for the individual as well – so the use of generic oils and substances as if often done, isn’t true Ayurveda! It is merely money-making!
- Always chose a trained, experienced Ayurvedic Professional with Clinical Training and Experience in all facets of Ayurveda, Yoga and related sciences
- Look for those who have studied the entire tradition back to its roots, are fluent in the language (Sanskrit) as well as culture and heritage and connected to its ancient Vedic-Hindu system in practice and lifestyle
- Avoid many vegan-based and modern veganesque and pan-Naturopathic formulas such as ‘Turmeric Coconut Milk’ and ‘Ashwagandha Coconut Milk’, Raw Food and other infusions; these are not Ayurvedic, but are simply based on other systems and aren’t good for one and all
- Make sure you check whether or not they are simply starting a ‘Spa-Wellness’ business, or wish to share the deeper facets of Ayurveda with specific recommendations and guidelines If you are curious about Ayurvedic therapies and what might be best for you, book a consultation with us today, or fill out the form below!