April showers bring May flowers--and an exciting time at Longwave Yoga! We couldn't be more excited to share with you the springtime sunshine and the teachings of our upcoming special guest, Maria Garré. On April 28-30, Maria will offer her workshop Therapeutic Rituals: The Art of Living Yoga and Ayurveda. Ayurveda is the sister science to yoga and emphasizes bringing harmony into the body so that you can live as your highest, most authentic self. Spring grants us the opportunity to practice Ayurvedic rituals so that we can harmonize and renew ourselves, revealing our deepest desires and highest truth.
Cleansing is an important ritual of Ayurvedic tradition because it allows us to let go and renew. According to Ayurvedic practices, one of the most critical times to cleanse is between spring (kapha) and summer (pitta). During the kapha dosha, dormancy replaces energy. As the days of winter chill and darken, we move inward. Our energy decreases, and we exercise less. Rather than basking on the beach, we head into our homes. Our practices and self-study move deeply within to examine our inner being.
This internal, dormant time is necessary for rest and rejuvenation. Yet it also causes excess, clutter, and build up that must be shed so that we can renew. For instance, during winter, the life cycle of plants moves into dormancy. On the surface, plants seem to be at rest. But under the leafless branches, they are accumulating energy and pollen for renewal. When spring arrives, the plants cleanse themselves by releasing pollen for new growth. Similarly, we must shed what we have accumulated over winter so that we can arrive new for spring.
One way we can do this is by practicing Ayurvedic rituals that detox and cleanse the body. All matter in life is made of prakriti. Prakriti is the material world, nature, matter, physical and psychological character, constitution, temper, disposition. When we balance the body, we harmonize prakriti. When our prakriti is in harmony, our bodies are at ease. It's as if we get out of our own way and closer to our potential. When prakriti is in a state of dissonance, we are in dis-ease. Cleansing and shedding our physical bodies allows us to release what doesn't serve and makes space for easeful renewal.
We can cleanse and renew in many ways. For instance, an Ayurvedic kitchari cleanse, can bring balance into the body as we head into warmer months. See our recipe of the month for details and directions! Additionally, a more vigorous yoga practice can build internal fire or agni to burn away winter's excess. Even simple rituals such as using a neti pot to clear out congestion can help harmonize the body. Cleansing can move beyond the body and into deeper realms. Forgive. Declutter. Let go.
When we allow ourselves to release what has built up over winter, we are capable of living healthier, happier lives. When our bodies and lives are in balance, we are not distracted by dis-ease and discomfort. Instead, we feel healthy and capable of living as our authentic selves. This is the time to ask yourself, "Are you allowing yourself to blossom?"
This month, we have a number of ways to cleanse and renew for spring:
1. Register for Maria Garré! Maria will teach us how to live harmoniously with the cycles of the sun and moon, circadian rhythm, and the Ayurvedic clock can provide you with new ways to bring balance into your life each day, while promoting longevity.
2. Take your indoor practice outside and celebrate spring in our Earth Day Celebration and Yoga in the Garden series.
3. Take one of our Ayurvedic Yoga classes!