Hey lovelies. Happy February! Happy Winter! Happy love month! Happy all of these things that feel very apropos right now. :)
Let's just jump right in. What's happening in the winter time? What happens to our body? In the words of my great teacher: You are the world, and the World is you! So, its cold and wet right now... quintessential kapha season. What happens on the outside, happens on the inside. So, maybe you're feeling a little wet and cold on the inside? Congestion and lethargy anyone?
The beauty of oil is extremely under appreciated and brushed over. Oil. The word has become such an enemy in our societies. It has become so associated with negativity--fat and greasy, slimy and gross, the list goes on and on. I'm sure that a lot of people when they read "beauty of oil" might have even been a little dumfounded. But, alas, in Ayurveda, there is room for oil. Not only is there room for oil, oil is appreciated and stuck up on a pedestal like you wouldn't even believe.
Oil plays such a huge role in our life, and we don't even realize it. One Sanskrit word associated with oil is snehan. Snehan also happens to mean love and compassion. Yes, you read that right too. There's a reason why oil is so important. Here are the many benefits of oil:
The list literally goes on and on. You might be wondering why oil plays an important role in a detox and cleanse program. Well, it really is quite amazing. In a traditional Ayurvedic Pancha Karma, you are attempting to pull all of the toxins from all over your body back into your GI tract so that you are able to eliminate it through your natural eliminatory pathways. Think of these toxins as sticky and gooey--they're not going slide out of your little nooks and crannies so easily. With proper oileation and guidance from a practitioner, the oil helps to lubricate all of your channels so that the goop easily will slip and head back towards your GI tract. The beauty of oil.
Here are some healthy ways to incorporate oils into your day to day routine:
Oil doesn't have to be the enemy. Think about all of the good it does for you next time you ask for something oil-free!
*To learn more about healthy ways to incorporate oils into your life, contact me! Be sure to seek proper guidance before starting any cleanse routine, and speak with your health care provider!
Cleanses have become pretty popular in this day and age. Every where you look and turn, you see the latest juice cleanse, or sugar detox, or fruit-only diet. Well, from an Ayurvedic perspective, cleanses have a proper time and place in the year. They're not all the same, and the same cleanse shouldn't be done throughout the year.
As our external environment changes with the seasons, so does our internal bodies. And more importantly, what goes on inside during spring, is going to be completely different than what is going on in the summer, autumn, and winter. That is one of the most important lessons of Ayurveda--how to adapt our bodies and our lifestyles with the natural ebbs and flows of Mother Nature.
We are just a mere microcosm of a much greater macrocosm. One goal is to learn how to sync our bodies and natural rhythms with that of our environment.
Since we are in the heart of spring, I thought it would be appropriate to share my experience with a mini-cleanse that I'll be doing this week. Although a full Ayurvedic Pancha Karma is much more detailed and thorough, I unfortunately do not have the ability to take off work and participate fully. But, there are some things I can do on a regular basis over the next 7-10 days to help my body detox some of the heavier elements of winter that are still lingering.
Throughout the next week, I'll be posting different tips for you to try at home as well.
TIP #1: drink warm water thought the day. In general, you should be drinking 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water each day. Begin carrying a small thermos around. Sip warm water every 15-20 minutes. Make sure you don't chug it down. The more you chug, the more it will just flush out of your system. You want your tissues and cells to actually absorb the water that you are taking in. Our bodies are made up of 70% water--how many times have you heard that?! Probably one too many. But, with that, it's important that we keep giving ourselves the right amount of water. Why is water a great way to help detox our bodies? Well, it just does a really good job of flushing out different toxins that have built up in our body. If you drink a glass of warm water as soon as you wake up, it help prepares your gut by getting it ready for digestions--it wakes up your metabolism, let's say. If you have proper digestion, then your body won't accumulate as many toxins. Don't like the taste of water? Add a splash of fresh lemon juice for taste. Along with this tip, something that is important, is that you want to try and avoid caffeine as much as possible. If it's hard for you to complete give it up, then try cutting back to 1 glass of caffeine. Remember, caffeine is a dehydrating substance for your body. If you want a proper "mini-cleanse" you want to stay as hydrated as possible.
Stay on the lookout for tip #2!
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