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Spring – A Surprising Time of Inertia

March 30, 2018 by  
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Typically we think of Spring as a time of great energy and newness, yet in the Ayurvedic* perspective it can also be a time fraught with heaviness and sluggishness.

It’s similar to how groggy we can feel when we wake up after a very deep night of sleep or nap (winter). Because of the inherent heaviness in spring its a particularly good time for cleansing and exercise.

*Ayurveda is the ancient system of health and lifestyle that originated in India. The term means “life” and “knowledge.” It’s a system that recognizes seasonal changes and daily changes that impact well-being and actually create a foundation for health or lack of health. Ayurveda also recognizes that we aren’t all built equally. We have different mind-body constitutions and thus different needs in terms of balancing our constitution.

Meditation is balancing for all of the doshas. If you don’t already have a daily meditation practice consider taking a Primordial Sound Meditation Class  and establishing a regular practice. I’m presently offering courses in Michigan and will be offering a “live” virtual meditation course in the future.

This is grossly oversimplified, but here is my take on how an imbalance of the doshas manifests in the mind. There is corresponding effects in the body:

Kapha Dosha – heavy, tired, sluggish, resistance to making changes, depression, staying too long in an unhealthy situation.

Vata Dosha – anxiety, loneliness, restlessness, giddiness, spaciness, insecurity, hyperactivity, high-strung, on edge, overabundance of ideas without implementation, overactive mentally and often physically.

Pitta Dosha – impatient, irritated, dominant, bossy, perfectionistic, critical, judgmental, workaholic.

What’s fascinating to me about imbalance in the doshas is that the exact thing that is balancing for us tends to be the thing we don’t want to do. Kapha doesn’t want to exercise or avoid sweets. Vata doesn’t want to have a gentle pace in life or in terms of exercise (they tend to gravitate to running) nor do they naturally want to sit still or have a regular schedule. Pitta doesn’t want to surrender into the flow of life (they want to control things) and they also don’t naturally gravitate toward play and laughter and relaxation.

Regardless of your dosha there will tend to be heaviness (and perhaps a feeling of melancholy) in spring. Suicide rates are highest in late spring and early summer.

As you move into spring consider amping up your exercise and getting movement every day. If you are already someone that exercises vigorously than focus on clean eating and taking steps to balance your dosha with meditation and harmonizing with nature by waking up with the sunrise.

Spring a good time of the year to focus on eating cleaner and lighter in addition to exercise.

At the beginning of March I started a 21 day yoga challenge at a local yoga studio. The goal was 21 days straight of yoga practice and with that I’d receive a free month of yoga. I did it! There were many days I didn’t want to go, but the incentive of the free month kept me going.  This spring perhaps find a fitness challenge to get you moving past the natural heaviness of spring.

The 21-day program reconditioned my mind and now I recognize it’s possible to get exercise nearly every day. I still have my daily bouts with my own inner resistance to exercise, but most of the time the exercise is winning out.  I do LOVE walking when the weather is more mild so I’m excited for the shift into mild walking weather. I’m looking forward to the renewal of my energy after the “long sleep” of winter.

Wishing you lightness in spring and renewed energy.


In addition to meditation being balancing Reiki treatments are as well. Meditation and Reiki provide deep restorative relaxation and integration for the mind and body. Take a meditation class or a Reiki training and reap the many benefits Reiki (Reiki self-treatments, receiving Reiki from others, and long-distance Reiki) and meditation provide.

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