Guest post..Alex Yates, Acupuncturist
We're already well into Spring! I was suffering from winter stagnation (Procrastination) But you know what? This is perfect timing as Spring detoxes are best started in October. You can't wake the winter bear with a shock of juicing and fasting. It's too cold and raw straight out of winter.
Spring is the season of growth and renewal. Birth and new beginnings. The emotions that come up though can be one of frustration at things not happening fast enough or in the way you want. There is a bit of aggression in the air as the winter pot is stirred by the winds of Spring. Issues that have been percolating during winter can come up to the surface to be dealt with. Also a lot of animals are protecting their young and you can sense their aggressive energy. Magpies are a great example of this;-)
The element involved in spring is the wood element. It has a wonderful expansive and creative energy that needs to be expressed without restrictions. Just like a tree needs to spread its roots and branches.
Restrictions come in all sorts of sizes and packages and we have a lot of them around us at any given time. That’s why diets suck so much and why I am not particularly a fan. But what about Spring Detoxes??
What about them? Are they necessary?
One of the secrets to finding more free time in your day is to create space - physical space and head space! Start with when you eat dinner. Eating dinner before the sun goes down fits in with how your body was designed to function best. Ayurveda teaches us to design a daily routine for ourselves based on natural principles called Dinacharya.
My family benefits when I follow Ayurvedic Dinacharya, especially eating early lighter dinners. It's a key habit for us and so much rolls on from there. Me eating early sometimes means we don't all eat together. Yet I find I'm more available for the later eaters because I'm relaxed with dishes done after a one pot meal and the whole evening is available to enjoy in connection and winding down from the day.