photo by Ben Capano
General winter guidelines/routines:
- Include warm gentle oil massage in your morning routine.
- Use humidifiers in your home.
- Wear bright colors!
- Involve yourself in activities that bring you joy.
- Favor warm foods and drinks.
- Keep your neck & head warm.
- Exercise more (as always check with your doctor first).
- Meditate at least 20 – 30 minutes per day (start with increments & work your way up).
Want to learn more about which routines/guidelines that would work best for you? Please call or write for an Initial Consultation!
“Inside of us, there’s a continual Autumn, Our leaves fall and are blown out over the water.”
“It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and for others.”
~ Dalai Lama
“Self-discipline is self-caring.”
~M. Scott Peck
“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.”
So inspiring to see nature’s springtime growth especially blooms!
Here’s a recipe for a Kapha pacifying salad:
Rainbow Wild Rice Salad (serves 4-6)
2 c. of wild rice, cooked
1/2 c. of each of red & yellow peppers, diced
1/2 c. pecans
2 tbsp. cranberries
1/2 c. water chestnuts
2 tbsp. of green onions, white parts only, chopped
1/4 c. rice vinegar
1/2 c. olive oil
In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients and toss. In a jar, combine dressing ingredients and shake well. Pour over the salad, toss again and enjoy!
Adapted from The Modern Ayurvedic Cookbook, Amrita Sondhi
Spring time is when nature starts to melt, move, and grow.
Here’s a Kapha tea that may help with clearing away congestion and flush out ama (toxins):
1 tsp. of cumin seeds
1/2 tsp. of coriander seeds
1 cinnamon stick
8 fresh basil leaves
Add a splash of fresh squeezed lemon juice & a little raw honey to taste in your cup!
Place the ingredients in a medium saucepan with about 4 c. of filtered water. Bring the water to boil for 5 -10 minutes, and then steep for 5 minutes. Strain into a tea pot or thermos. It is beneficial to sip warm teas throughout the day during this spring transition!
Adapted from Eat,Taste,Heal.