Ayurveda gives great importance to transitions and changes because they can be a source of imbalance. Like any change, the period between two seasons should be treated very carefully.

In Quebec, the transition from winter to spring can sometimes be a shock as temperatures can vary drastically. After getting into a winter routine of spending more time indoors, spring invites us to go outside. However, it is important to go slowly and pay close attention in the coming weeks to our lifestyle and dietary choices. They can contribute to a more stable health and a good mood.

Spring is the time for renewal, heat and expansion. Maybe you feel a little lethargic from the long winter, tired, with less motivation or perhaps allergies are showing up and overwhelming you.

In your diet, it's time to put aside the very rich, heavy and sweet foods that are more nurturing. During the winter we promote root vegetables, soups and stews but for spring, we will slowly add more green leafy vegetables that are lighter and bitter by nature. Their fiber, minerals and antioxidants will help cleanse the liver, colon and lymphatic system, which can stagnate during the winter. Also, promote lighter grains such as millet, quinoa and basmati rice.

Take turmeric out of the cupboard! Sauté your vegetables in clarified butter (see recipe for ghee) with ginger and black pepper. This will raise your digestive fire. 

Lie on your left side for 5 to 20 minutes after your meal to promote a good digestion and avoid feeling heavy after the meal.

Drink plenty of warm water throughout the day to help the immune and lymphatic system function well.

Keep a steady sleep routine, go to bed before 10pm and get up early (6-7am) to avoid falling into morning lethargy. Also, avoid naps during the day.

Take care of your sinuses. Seasonal allergies and the end of winter will promote congestion and colds. Do inhalations of eucalyptus and peppermint. Take out your 'neti pot' to rinse your nose with a saltwater solution.

In the shower, stimulate the chest area by rubbing it with a loofah sponge or a brush. This will open the airway and stimulate your bronchi.

Sing and dance! These are two recommended activities to overcome lethargy and stimulate the senses.

Think renewal. Sort, organize and prepare yourself to new opportunities!


Eléonore, trained in the Iyengar yoga tradition, has been teaching yoga since 2008. Later, she completed an advanced 500h training in Kripalu yoga, in the United States. She has been practicing Thai Yoga Massage since 2009 in Montreal and is a teacher at Lotus Palm. Her passion for knowledge of the human body and a better art of living brought her to anchor her education in Ayurveda. She completed her 250h training at the Kripalu Institute and continues her education regularly. She currently teaches workshops to adapt your yoga practice according to Ayurveda.

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