8 DAILY SPRING CLEANSE PRACTICES
1. Wake up and scrape your tongue.
Sleep is so important in ayurveda because while we sleep we digest. When you wake up in the morning you may notice a coating on your tongue; this is ama, the undigested toxins that your body was unable to digest in your sleep. Use a tongue scraper to remove that first thing every morning
2. Drink warm water throughout the day.
The warm nature of the water helps to cleanse the digestive tract of blockages and impurities. This practice will help the digestion and absorption of foods and maybe even help to reduce cravings between meals.
3. Do a short spring-themed yoga practice.
This practice should build heat by providing some challenge with strengthening poses and vigorous movement coordinated with breath. An emphasis on the subtle body and chakras counterbalances a kapha tendency to overly associate with the physical body.
4. Follow a limited and spring-appropriate diet.
Spring is the time to burn the heavy fat we have been storing over the winter months so, the food we eat should be lighter in nature. To balance the moisture, we should choose to eat drier foods. To help with the digestive process, we should keep our foods and drinks warm. Nature’s ayurvedic antidote in the spring calls for us to taper off our intake of meats, oils, salt, nuts, sweeteners, dairy, wheat products, and rice.
5. Eat lunch as your biggest meal.
Agni or digestive fire is associated with the power of the sun. In the morning as the sun rises, our digestion is not yet at its peak so it is recommended by ayurveda, to have a light breakfast or to skip it entirely if you can make it through to lunch without discomfort. When the sun is at its highest peak, between noon and 2 pm, it is the best time to enjoy the largest meal of the day. Doing so ensures that we will have time to digest what we ate. Dinner takes place as the sun is setting and again is not an optimal time for digestion so, use this time to eat a light dinner.
6. Do not snack between meals and do not eat after 7pm.
These practices ensure that our body has time to digest the meals we have eaten which regulates our blood sugar and boosts the ability of our cells to cleanse themselves. These sister practices promote a small period of fasting between our meals, with the longest break between dinner and break-fast (get it?) the next day.
7. Practice mindful walking after each meal.
This will encourage your body’s flow of metabolic hormones to help support your digestive health. This practice will also help you come closer to nature, your body, and the present moment.
8. Join the Feel Light and Clear Spring Cleanse Group and complete the daily assignments in the Facebook Group.