Yoga practices during the Spring months should be about clearing out old habits and establishing new patterns that you would like to continue throughout the year. When we typically think of Spring cleaning, we think about what we want to get rid of in our house or what mental patterns and habits that are holding us back. Ayurvedically, Spring is not a time of “getting rid of,” but instead an opportunity for new things to grow! What seeds would you like to plant in the upcoming year? What habits would you like to foster? Think about how to change some of the typical patterns of change so that they reflect what you want to grow into this summer!
Change need not be heavy or burdensome, one healthy action often has a ripple effect that creates change in multiple areas of our life in surprising ways!
Old Pattern of Thinking Spring Pattern of Thinking One Healthy Action
I want to lose weight. I want to be healthy. Take one yoga class a week to practice self-awareness.
Stop being so critical. Integrate Compassion. Find compassion for myself.
Can't stay in touch. Enrich life with relationships. Send mail to one friend or relative each week.Incremental Small Changes
Create incremental small changes by adding one positive and consistent change to your diet. There’s no need for a major overhaul, a complete redoing of your diet; instead start looking at what you are doing right! Make a list of everything you are doing great with regarding your diet.
Choose one thing to change: Vegan Thursdays, Add nutritional yeast to one meal a day, Be proud of yourself and see how easy it is to create change when we cultivate compassion for ourselves!!
If you are choosing one change for health, try adding one green juice every morning. I guarantee you'll feel better! Here's a few recipes that you can add to your daily routine of love, compassion and acceptance. All recipes from Living Raw with Mimi Kirk.
SIMPLE GREEN DRINK. 2 cups coconut water, 2 frozen bananas, 2 hand fulls of spinach. Blend and enjoy!!
TRIP TO THE MOON. 1 cup coconut water, 2 peaches, handful of berries, 6 kale leaves without stems. Blend and enjoy!!
BASIC GREEN SMOOTHIE. 1 apple, 2 hand fulls of spinach, 1 cup water, 2 stalks celery. Blend and enjoy!!
Be Kind and Compassionate!! To eat more delicious vegetarian foods.