Spring & Summer tips to ease transition

MAKE YOUR WAY TO SPRING AND SUMMER EASIER. WITH ANCIENT YOGA TIPS!

Article Published in our partner’s blog - IbizaSpirit


 Author of the article: Liilamaya Liliana Galvis


Yes, we all feel, regardless of where we live, the effects of global climate change. This can lead to such changes in the environment that in some countries spring no longer seems to exist. Without a transition, winter is replaced by summer.

Without going into this important topic too much, once again everything starts with ourselves - our inner self - so that we can feel comfortable at any time of the year despite climate change.

For those of us who live in the northern hemisphere, winter is already a thing of the past. Thank you for spring and/or summer!

Here on Ibiza we have started the summer season (much too early) with some spring-like evenings in which the rain urgently needed by Mother Earth still shows up again.

Our inner home is a reflection of our exterior. In order to keep it clean and functional, it is necessary to keep a daily routine (In the yoga language "Dinacharya") that adapts to seasonal changes and currently invites lightness, sharpness, vitality, warmth and springlike renewal.

It is important to note that your daily routines should be flexibly adapted to changes in the environment. Depending on where you live, in spring you can experience a whole season in one day, which can cause all three Doshas (your fundamental elements) to become out of balance, especially as the weather warms up. Especially then, appropriate changes in your daily routine are of crucial importance.

Spring is usually a time of renewal and a new beginning, an opportunity for the earth to blossom and go through a new life cycle. Likewise, our physiology naturally feels the need to cleanse and free itself from winter ballast in order to rejuvenate and reach the deepest physical levels.

Spring, however, is a time of Kapha (colds, hay fever, allergies) and on the positive side simultaneously marked by palpable gentleness and the new light with its gentle and nurturing presence.
 
Our main focus in the summer months is to keep the pitta (hot, sharp, penetrating properties) in balance by staying cool, softening the intensity with relaxation and grounding our energy. 

Essentially, one of the basic principles of Ayurveda is that our routines and eating habits should ebb and flow with the seasons. We can improve our balance throughout the year by consciously trying to live in harmony with the cycles of nature and adapting our lifestyle and habits to the arrival and characteristics of each new season.

Let a few simple and well-founded tips get you on the right track in the sun:

  
SPRING 

  • If you are already bathing with oil, you should consider replacing the oil used with a lighter oil, coconut if you are a fiery type, and sunflower for air and water types.

  • Get up early in the morning, at 7:00 at the latest - if possible, because you gain more energy by changing the light.

  • scratch your tongue if you are not already doing something for the removal of toxins, especially from the liver

  • Drink a glass of warm water with lemon every morning.

  • Treat yourself at least once a week to a self-massage with the right oil for your constitution (Data: Sesame, Pitta; Coconut, Kapha: Sunflower)

  • Breathing Exercise: Fire breath, also known as KAPALABHATI or BHASTRIKA

  • Followed by a CLEANING with a pungent, bitter and astringent taste. (Avoid heavy and greasy foods

  • PRACTICAL

  • Dress in red, yellow and orange

  • YOGA:

  • Mountain pose (Tadasana)

  • Standing forward bend (Uttanasana)

  • Stool posture (Utkatasana)

  • Swivel chair (Parivrtta Utkatasana)

  • Mountain with lateral bend (Parsva Tadasana)

  • Eagle keeping (Garudasana)

  • Tree keeping (Vrksasana) 

The following is a list of ideal spring foods: 

FRUITS TO BE PREFERRED

  • apples

  • apricots

  • blueberries

  • cherries

  • cranberries

  • dried fruits

  • lemons

  • lemons

  • peaches

  • pears

  • pomegranates

  • Plums (soaked)

  • raisins

  • raspberries

  • strawberries

VEGETABLES TO BE PREFERRED

  •  artichoke

  • asparagus

  • paprika

  • Beet & turnip greens

  • broccoli

  • Brussels sprouts

  • cabbage

  • carrots

  • cauliflower

  • celery

  • chard

  • chillies

  • collard greens

  • maize

  • dandelion green

  • endive

  • garlic

  • green beans

  • curly kale

  • leeks

  • salad

  • mushrooms

  • onion

  • peas

  • Potatoes, white

  • radish

  • spinach

  • rungs

  • turnips

GRAINS AND CEREALS TO BE PREFERRED

  • amaranth

  • barley

  • buckwheat

  • maize

  • millet

  • Oats (dry, uncooked)

  • Andean millet

  • Rice, Basmati

  • rice cake

  • rye

  • seitan

  • tapioca

PULSES TO BE PREFERRED

  • Aduki beans

  • bean sprouts

  • Black beans

  • Black Eyed Peas

  • chickpeas

  • kidney beans

  • lima beans

  • lentils

  • miso

  • mung beans

  • white beans

  • pinto beans

  • tempeh

  • Toor Dal

  • white beans

SEED TO BE PREFERRED

  • popcorn

  • pumpkin seeds

  • sunflower seeds

PREFERRED DAIRY PRODUCTS (ALL IN MODERATION)

  • cottage cheese

  • goat's milk

  • yogurt

PREFERRED ANIMAL PRODUCTS (IF YOU EAT THEM)

  • eggs

  • freshwater fish

  • Poultry (white meat)

  • rabbit

  • prawns

  • game

PREFERRED OILS (IN VERY SMALL QUANTITIES)

  • corn oil

  • linseed oil

  • ghee

  • mustard oil

  • safflower oil

  • sunflower oil

SWEETENERS

  • honey

  • maple syrup

  • molasses

SPICES TO BE PREFERRED

  • All spices are generally very supportive in the spring season.

  

SUMMER

  • Try to get up a little earlier than 7am to enjoy the extra hours in the morning.

  • Continue washing and scraping off the tongue.

  • Apply a few drops of coconut oil to each nostril

  • Sit quietly in meditation before breakfast

  • Keep drinking hot water with lemon

  • Self massage with coconut oil

  • Do not overdo it with sport or exercise during the hottest times of the day (noon and 3 p.m.).

  • Dress in cool colors: White, blue and all its shades

  • YOGA:   

  • Melting heart. Three to four minutes.

  • Sealing pose. Three to four minutes.

  • Shoulder stretch. Three minutes each side.

  • Tadpole with twist. 3 minutes per page

  • Caterpillar. 3-4 minutes

  • Supported fish or reclined butterflies. 4-5 minutes.

  • Knee to chest. 1-2 minutes. 


    Below you will find a list of some ideal summer foods:

FRUITS TO BE PREFERRED

  • apples

  • avocados

  • berries

  • cherries

  • coconut

  • cranberries

  • grapes

  • lemons

  • mangos

  • melons

  • pears

  • pineapple

  • plums

  • pomegranates

  • plums

VEGETABLES TO BE PREFERRED

  • artichokes

  • asparagus

  • beetroot

  • broccoli

  • Brussels sprouts

  • cabbage

  • cauliflower

  • celery

  • chard

  • collard greens

  • cucumbers

  • green beans

  • curly kale

  • Green salad

  • okra

  • potatoes

  • watercress

  • courgette 

GRAINS TO BE PREFERRED

  • barley

  • Rice Basmati

  • wheat

PULSES TO BE PREFERRED

  • Adzuki Beans

  • Black beans

  • chickpeas

  • mung beans

  • Soybeans & Products

  • split peas

OILS TO BE PREFERRED

  • coconut oil

  • olive oil

  • sunflower oil

SPICES AND SIDE DISHES TO BE PREFERRED

  • basil

  • cardamom

  • coriander 

  • dill

  • fennel

  • lime

  • mint

  • parsley

PREFERRED ANIMAL PRODUCTS (IF YOU EAT THEM)

  • Fish (fresh water)

  • Poultry (white)

  • prawns

SWEETENERS

  • maple syrup

  • Refined cane sugar 

ENJOY IT!  

NAMASTE

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