Why should I do a spring cleanse/detox?

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Why you want to do a spring cleanse if the body can heal itself all the time

– An ayurvedic perspective.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px”][vc_column_text]The sun comes up. The air is getting warmer and I sense a spell of relief running through me.

Ah – finally spring is on our doorstep.

And while I am inhaling happily the joy of warmer days a thought pushes me of my high horse: ‘Spring brings about runny noses, congested eyes and sneezes’


What to do?

Some people go through their healing in different phases of life; with different remedies and at all seasons.

In fact, healing can happen all the time. And still, healing can move faster and smoother if we allow the forces of nature to assist us.


Let me put this into a picture for you.

Healing to me is like ‘cleaning up’. And like anything in your house, you will clean up what is dirty and not only focus on one part of your living space. So there is time for healing of emotions, time for healing your physiology and time to heal through diet.

So why not use what nature gifts us with to make more use of healing through adjusting your food patterns for a moment, to achieve an optimum in your physiology and ignite the power of self-healing.


How does that work exactly?

In the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, they consider the year to have truly only 2 seasons. they speak of the cooling and cold season (autumn and winter) and the warming and hot season (spring and summer).

Those ‘two’ seasons shift our desires in food. Warming and heating foods in the earlier cool season and lighter and cooling foods (like salads, fresh and juicy fruits) in the warmer season.

But with every teaching, we want to find the entrance point, where things are not at the height of their quality. So from this point of view, spring (=warming up to summer) is the point where the element fire starts to come up slowly.


Why is this so important?

Have you ever observed a fireplace? What happens if you put old oils with residues of pollution into the fire? The flames go high, burn quickly and leave a stink.

This is the same for your body. Fire is associated with digestion (transforming and burning foods). If your inner fire rises with the outer heat (like increases like) you are likely to burn through old foods and residues of undigested things from winter.

However, if you lighten the load, by decreasing your  (food) input, you will assist your body in doing what it wants to do anyways – clean up the house.

Your own body wisdom and in fact more clearly everything your body can do by itself, is enhanced when you give it the right space to mend itself.

In this manner, the body has the capabilities to heal, once it is aligned with its natural inner rhythm and workings.

Once all systems and channels are cleared, you will benefit from it by feeling you have a stronger immune system.

And with a stronger immune system, you are less likely to have allergic reactions that stem from your own system not being able to work full power. Why else would the body react to what we call nature and in itself is friendly? Why does our body react with a ‘wrong self-defense’. This is what your body does when you have allergic symptoms – it tries to eliminate wastes while it is perceiving nature as a thread.


Invitation to online detox

Not all cleanses are fasts.

And not everybody is capable of doing a traditional ayurvedic cleanse. These days I often assist people in finding, what is truly helpful for them.

So if you like to go through an innerspring clean, you can jump onto my Guided Ayurvedic Cleanse and work out what is working for you.


Join me in April to get ready to tend to your fire and kindle it so it shines bright and radiant.


Understanding Yourself Through the Eyes of Ayurveda – A Short Take on the Principles of Kapha Dosha

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As we turn this week to look at Kapha, the third dosha, it is important to remember that we are looking at the doshas from an energetic perspective in order to get a more direct understanding of each of them.

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The doshas constitute the separation of the one great energy which divides itself between subtle and gross. The break up of this one great energy into different parts is there to facilitate evolution. We have sky energy and we have earth energy. Between above and below a lot of action/transformation and communication happens.

Vata is light like the air, while Pitta is the energy of clear changes — eg. when you see someone transforming from being overweight to becoming slim, this is due to the ‘changing agent’ of pitta dosha.

Kapha constitutes the energy of earth and water.

‘Ka’ means ‘water’ and ‘Pha’ is often translated as ‘to nourish’.

When you mix water and earth, the result is a mushiness or clay consistency. When you squeeze your flesh you can feel this combination quite clearly. We are not hard and solid as we often perceive, but we are a good mixture of the softer component of water substantiated by the earth.

Kapha is therefore known for its healing or even better repair capacity. It does this by bringing cohesion and fluidity to the body.

Kapha, in short is the energy of cohesion, of repair, of nourishment.

How do we experience this energy directly, ourselves?

Think about how refreshed you feel when you have slept for 8 hours or more and you wake up feeling good, full of energy and well nourished just from lying down and being in full body contact with the earth.

These days, in our modern world, many people no longer experience that nourishment. Over the past 100 years, our average number of sleep hours has dropped by two. We have more people suffering from sleeping disorderslike insomnia and interrupted using sleep aids like sleeping pills. This has had a major impact on the body’s ability to repair and heal itself. You might also have noticed that immune issues (like allergies or inflammation) or auto-immune diseases are on the rise.

Why are our immune systems falling apart?

In the eyes of Ayurveda, this is closely connected with the increasing sleep deprivation and poorer quality sleep. Kapha can no longer do its work effectively. This is partly due to the fact that the body is no longer able to stabilise its system through kapha.

Here are some suggestions for building kapha to enable deep healing from within:

* Make sure to get enough sleep between 10 pm and 7 am by clearing up your sleeping environment and using calming scents like lavender or rose in the bedroom.

* Wear a sleeping mask to block out light and avoid blue light for at least 2 hours before going to bed.

* Wind down before bedtime with soothing and relaxing activities such as gazing at beautiful art, finding inspiration from sundowns and generally, becoming more aware of the sweetness of life. Avoid watching the news in the evening or engaging with mood-disturbing things such as work emails etc.

If you would like to understand more about your dosha type or solutions to your health issues, you are more than welcome to join me for a Free Ayurvedic consultation.