Embracing Spring Energy

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"Spring is nature's way of saying, "let's party." Robin Williams

 

As I give thanks to winter and it's nurturing and cosy energy, I am quite excited with spring equinox today. After this day, the sun gifts us with more light everyday. Gratitude vibe just right here! The sound of happy birds, the smell of crisp mornings, eyes filled with blue skies, oh spring, it's lovely to have you back!  It feels like all my senses rejoice with its arrival. If you're like me, your body and soul may have been craving sunshine, fresh air and lighter food. Nature is so magic that if you listen and pay attention to your body, it will provide everything you need every season to thrive and feel vibrant. I am amazed at how more connected I am to life's natural rhythm. My body craves leafy greens and radishes (food nerd I know!), I've switched my morning oatmeal/ chia seeds bowl for green smoothies and I am moving my body everyday with joy. I'm slowly releasing limiting beliefs and old habits that no longer serves me. Creative flow is coming, energy is higher. Yoga does that to you! ; )

So, it's time to shake up that winter layer and soak up that powerful energy coming in. You may feel sluggish, tired or heavy during this transition time but there's also a sense of rebirth, renewal and new beginnings happening in spring as it happens with nature. It's the ideal time to hop on that energising wagon and enjoy the freshness of feeling alive!

I thought I would share my favorite rituals to embrace spring and its vibrant energy.

Here's a few ways to ease into the season:

 

BODY

 

  • Vigorous exercise

    After months of hibernation and slower flow of life, it's time to incorporate more movement into your day - rebounding, swimming, yoga are ideal to build up heat in the body. You want to activate the lymphatic system to eliminate toxins and waste accumulated during winter.

  • Food

    Time to wake up your body and cells and pay a visit to the farmer's market. Add lots of fresh fruits and vegetables to your meals and avoid sugar, dairy, alcohol, meat, caffeine for 2 weeks to give a break to your digestive system.

  • Dry skin brushing

    Skin is the biggest organ in the body so it's important to get rid of the toxins that get accumulated. Dry brushing exfoliates dead skin and stimulates circulation and the lymphatic system. Best time to do it is in the morning before your shower. Use a natural dry brush and go in circle motion from your feet towards your heart - always go in the direction of your heart. Continue with a hot/cold shower as it will improve your blood flow and give you a boost as your heart rate will accelerate and more oxygen will be released.

SOUL

  • Embrace spaciousness

    Declutter your home. Simplicity is more. Clutter blocks the energy and makes it harder to move forward with projects. Get rid of the clothes you haven't worn in the past year, donate or throw away the things that are taking dust, create space in your home for your mind to be creative and let that fresh energy in. Open your windows too.

   "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." 

William Morris

  • Let go

    Pause for a moment and check where you are in your life now. It's a good time to let go of unhealthy habits, relationships or anything that is no longer serving you.

 

    • Connect with nature.

      Go for walks or just spend more time outdoors, soak up the first warm rays of sunshine and recharge your vitamin D levels.

 

  • Meditation

    Deep breathing. Quiet time. Visualise and meditate on where you want to go, who you want to become. Reset your intentions.

Do you have any springtime rituals? What makes you happy? I'd love to hear any other wellness & healthy tips you have to feel vibrant during this time of year.

Happy Spring!

xo

Jump into Spring!

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Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of spring?

Neltje Blanchan

 

Oh I love spring time! There's nothing better than waking up to the sounds of birds singing, feeling the warmer air, blue sky and rays of sunshine. After those long snowy months, spring is like a magical gift!

I love the birds chirping, spending more time outside, longer days, the smell of blooming flowers, farmer's market, berries, asparagus and spring cleaning! Spring brings this idea of a fresh start and new beginnings. The flowers are blooming, trees are budding, the light is brighter, the breeze is warmer, nature is coming back to life and so are you! Spring is the season for cleansing and rejuvenating your body after heavy cold months with less exercise, heavier food and less sunshine. It's time to take care of yourself, in body, mind and spirit.

A few of my favorite ideas to regain energy and detox your body & mind!

  • Drink lots of water to hydrate your body. It helps flush your toxins.
  • Drink some lemon water with ginger, a dash of cayenne pepper  and turmeric. Great to detox and packed with health benefits.
  • Put your sneakers on and go outside for a run/walk, jump on your trampoline, time to go back to your yoga routine or any physical activity that puts you in a good mood and will help release those endorphins, boost your immune system and improve your health.
  • Declutter your space. Get rid of all the clothes you don't wear anymore, the things that are only taking the dust, everything you haven't used the past year. Make room for the new. A clear space makes a clear mind. It's so much better to come home to a fresh environment where everything is light and organized. There's a real feeling of lightness that comes with clearing your space.
  • Boost your energy with whole organic fresh food in season. Add fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, whole grains to your meals. Nature is perfectly made to bring food that we need for our bodies to detox after winter, like cherries, berries, asparagus, leafy greens. Juices and smoothies are packed with nutrients. Avoid sugar, processed foods, dairy, alcohol and meat for 10 days or more. You will gain energy and feel the good vibes!
  • Start a meditation practice, connect with nature around you and enjoy the present moment.
  • Dry body brushing: before you hop in the shower, use a dry brush and scrub in circular motions all over your body, always start from your feet towards your heart. It stimulates your circulation and the lymphatic system and get rid of toxins, dead skin and cellulite.
  • End your shower with cold water- it's good for your blood circulation, immune system and it gives you a boost when you wake up!
  • It's also a great time to do some planning and review your goals & dreams and see where you want to go and what you want to achieve with your precious life.

What are you looking forward to with spring coming up?

 

Happy Spring Day!

xx