The time change signaled an hour jump forward in time. Days are becoming longer and lighter as we move into the season of fertility, growth and renewal. It is the perfect time to harmonize our inner rhythms with those of nature. Spring is the perfect season to cleanse our inner and outer worlds. As the season of winter hibernation comes to a close, we can utilize this transitional time to revitalize ourselves for the potential we create for ourselves throughout the rest of this year. An Ayurvedic cleanse can be the perfect remedy to get over any winter blues and stagnation.
A starting point could be to clean your home of all the accumulated dust bunnies and cobwebs. Simplify life by clearing out clutter and donating all those things we no longer need or use to your local charities. Lower your heat and let the fire warm you from within by drinking lots of ginger tea. Fast one day per week or begin to eat lighter meals, incorporating more fresh foods into your diet. This will prepare you for the next step.
Springtime, is an excellent time to cleanse our inner body as well as our external environment. By eating less food and making our food choices more consciously we can start a process of detoxification. There are many suggestions on how to do this online and in books. There are Ayurvedic cleanses which can be tailored to your personal needs. My friend and teacher, taught me how to do one last spring and it lightened up not only my body but also my spirit. Here is an example of what we did. Remember Ayurveda is specific to YOU so what worked for me may not work for you!
My friend is an Ayurvedic practitioner and guided me through this process. Purge yourself of all supplements, vitamins and other dietary additives. Lucky for me, I wasn't on any so I didn't have to do this. Ideally you would ease into a cleanse as stated above. On the first and second day of my cleanse, first thing in the morning, I drank 2 teaspoons of ghee with warm water. Every two days, I added 2 more teaspoons to this capping out at 8 teaspoons. I drank hot water after this drink. About a half hour later, I drank green drinks throughout the day, detoxing with ginger mint tea. On day two after my warm water ghee drink, I ate congee, a concoction of millet, rice and quinoa. For lunch and dinner I ate kitchari, drinking plenty of purified water throughout the day.
I continued this way for the next few days and then on days six and seven, I ate a mono diet of congee. Some people I was cleansing with chose kitchari. A group of us from my yoga community all did this together which is great support and we could bounce our feelings off each other. Again, what works for some people didn't work for others. On day seven, we were instructed to take a hot bath and rest with a hot water bottle on our bellies. Drinking one and a half cups of prune juice to flush the system before administering an enema about four hours later. You can also chose to have a colonic.
In the mornings, I scraped my tongue to get rid the the excess toxins called ama. I also oiled body daily with my dosha specific oil and massaged it in known as abhiyanga. I meditated for 20 minutes while it soaked into my skin. Then I rinsed with a hot shower. There are various Ayurvedic mixtures I would use throughout the week to cleanse and rejuvenate my skin. During the week of the cleanse, I kept my schedule light, did yoga and went for walks in nature.
I tried to really observe what was happening to me and how I was feeling during the week of my cleanse. I noticed that ordinarily, I didn't take much time to care for myself. This became a time for me to nurture and love myself more fully. It was an amazing way to cleanse and care of my physical body and mind and my spirit felt completely nourished as I moved deeper into spring feeling, healthier, lighter and more awake! It is a great way to jump start your spiritual practice or deepen your spiritual growth!