Spring is a time to ReNEW, Refresh, Rejuvenate! Unlike the east coast or other parts of the world, California sort of always seems like its springtime all year round with the sun shining everyday. Living so close to the beach with nice breezes and cool nights, we almost forget what it’s like everywhere else and how very important this season is.
In Ayurveda, spring is considered to have a heavy, foggy nature that could remind us of the state of our bodies after winter holidays. Luckily, we aren’t on the east coast where the freezing temperatures and snowstorms keep us cooped up indoors. But even though the sun is shining most of the time, we do tend to “hibernate” a bit during December through February as if we are taking a rest from the hectic holiday season.
Well, it’s time to spring into action, shed those winter blues and get in sync with nature! It’s a time of renewal and rededication to one’s self in all ways.
Spiritual de-clutter and de-stress can be as simple as being yourself. Stop listening to other people tell you how to live your life, how to talk or think or even how to dress. Only you know what’s best for you. Trust yourself that you will make the right choices.
When you are trying to be someone you’re not, you become distracted from what is truly important and may miss out on making amazing connections with people and having great experiences that matter.
Regular yoga practice is an excellent way to get rid of the physical and mental junk from our busy and often not-so-healthy day-to-day lives. Creating balance and stamina with Radiant Hot Fusion will sharpen your focus and build strength physically and mentally for a beautiful beginning to the rest of your powerful year.
Prepare your surroundings, your personal space, to give you that sense of something new. That spring is in the air! Put away all those extra “winter” blankets, do a little redecorating by changing up the color of your curtains or throw pillows by using warm reds, oranges and yellows and even blues and lavenders or even white! Nothing says light, airy or open space like crisp, white cotton linens in your bedroom.
Recharge with a simple jaunt outside. Go outdoors, take a walk and appreciate the beauty of the natural world, blooming flowers, and the birds and the bees. Move around, dance to music in your living room, and put a little spring in your step!
Are you new to yoga? Try the Radiant Hot yoga class that is for all levels of students regardless of your flexibility or level of fitness. Or challenge yourself with Radiant Hot Power’s vinyasa flows, long holds, core work and spinal twisting. Get ready to de-stress, detoxify and feel amazing!
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Increase your use of healing herbs like turmeric, ginger, triphala and talisadi to ward off springtime colds and help your body detoxify. Drink lots of water with lemons and limes to help cleanse the kidneys and liver.
Plus it’s refreshing! Increasing your circulation with Radiant Yin Yoga will also keep your immune system working optimally and improve your flexibility. This slow-paced style of yoga is perfect for joint rehabilitation.
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Nourish your body with foods that will take away that sluggish winter feeling. You want light, hydrating, alkaline-forming foods that are easy to digest. Green smoothies with nutrient rich fruits and vegetables like kale, spinach, red grapes and pomegranate juice. Add in a bit of ginger root and cinnamon to put more spring in your step! Fresh green salads with beets, carrots and radishes are excellent. And beautifully roasted asparagus with a steaming bowl of quinoa topped off with either roasted red or sweet potatoes is just right to satisfy a hungry tummy!
Give yourself the biggest hug! Read a good book or re-read your favorite book! Meditate, go to a museum and appreciate fine art, do an activity that you love or even one that you haven’t done before. Do something that makes you smile!
And of course, heat, movement and lightness are the best ways to rebalance you for spring so get yourself over to Radiant Hot Yoga to increase your strength, stamina, focus and balance, which will leave you feeling strong, composed and stable.
Now take a nice, long deeeeep breath and breathe in the freshness of spring!