By Linda Egenes and MAPI staff writers
When spring rolls around, it’s a relief to shed winter hats, boots
and coats. But for most of us, it’s not so easy to shed the extra pounds
that we may have put on over the winter.
Yet spring is the perfect time to detox and lighten up. According to
Maharishi Ayurveda, the wet, cool weather of spring is called Kapha
Season, associated with the cool, heavy, slow Kapha dosha.
If you stay sedentary and continue eating the heavier foods of
winter, you could be headed for the kinds of Kapha disorders prevalent
in spring — respiratory issues, allergen reactions, sluggishness,
dullness of mind and weight gain.
Try this invigorating daily routine to help shed pounds and toxins in spring.
Kapha Season: 5 Ways to Lighten Up in Spring:
1. Get Moving
One of the best ways to counter the slow, sluggish feeling of Kapha
imbalance is to get moving, and then get moving faster. Research shows
that aerobic activities such as swimming, running, and hiking are good for the brain as well as the body.
According to Maharishi Ayurveda, it’s better to exercise for half an
hour every day rather than an hour three times a week. When you exercise
every day, your digestion stays on and the pounds stay off.
2. Get to Bed Early
If you climb into bed well before 10:00 p.m., during the Kapha time
of night, your sleep will be deep and restful. New research shows that
people who get a balanced amount of sleep have more control over their
3. Wake Up with the Birds
Have you ever slept late in the morning, only to wake up feeling
duller and more exhausted than before? Sleeping during the Kapha time of
the morning (6 a.m.–10 a.m.) can result in all kinds of Kapha
disorders, including respiratory issues and weight gain. If you rise
before 6:00, when the air is light and the more active Vata dosha
predominates, you’ll carry these energetic qualities with you all day
4. Eat Three Warm (but not huge) Meals a Day
You may think that if you skip breakfast, you’ll lose weight — but
eating a light, warm breakfast will actually improve your digestion and
help you lose weight. Try cooked apples with cardamom for a light,
satisfying first meal.
Eat your main meal at noon, when digestion is strongest. In spring,
choose warm, soupy foods and freshly-cooked vegetables, whole grains,
and pulses (lentils or dhal) or light dairy products for protein. End
the day with a light dinner early enough in the evening so you can
digest it before you go to bed.
5. Spice it Up
Add more spice to your food to power up digestion. Try cooking with fresh ginger, cumin, peppercorns and fennel — or Organic Kapha Churna.
Spice up your daily routine a little too. Try a new activity — meet
new people to stimulate your brain and your spirits. And because one of
the qualities of Kapha is stability, the healthy habits you form this
spring can stick with you all year ’round.
Ayurveda and Long-Term Wellness
Three key principles to long-term balance and wellness in Ayurveda
are broadly summed up in three lifestyle tactics: 1) Reducing ama (toxins), 2) Balancing/strengthening digestion (agni)
and 3) Significantly lowering stress. Each of these plays a powerful
role in supporting long-term, life-changing wellness, according to
Ayurveda. To accomplish these three targets, Ayurveda offers you lots of
enjoyable options. Each of these choices has the power, in the
Ayurvedic model, to gradually, naturally support and restore Ayurvedic
balance in mind and body. These lifestyle choices include changes to diet; stress reduction practices like yoga, exercise and meditation; and traditional Ayurvedic herbals.
The Ayurvedic herbals listed below are core herbal products supporting important areas of Ayurvedic wellness.
Digestion is a central long-term, priority focus of Ayurveda.
Great emphasis is placed on keeping digestion (agni) balanced. In this
sense, ‘balance’ means functioning at its absolute optimum. That’s
because digestion (agni) is the engine of transformation and
assimilation. This transformation ‘engine’ isn’t found just in the
stomach — it is found in every cell in the body. It is an extremely
intelligent engine, too. It transforms and metabolizes food nutrients
and food intelligence into you, and selects out that which isn’t useful to the body and mind. Depending on the strength of agni, the ‘transformation engine,’ either toxins (ama) or ojas
(the beneficial biochemical of balance) will get created. Ojas is the
finest and most-valued by-product of digestion in Ayurveda, supporting
immunity, happiness, the feeling of connectivity (union or yoga) and
Triphala: Organic Digest Tone (Triphala Plus)
from Maharishi Ayurveda — This blend of herbs is a powerful tonic for
the digestive system. If you are feeling occasionally sluggish, dull or
constipated, chances are that toxins are building up in your body.
Toxins accumulate when your digestion — and elimination — are out of
balance, which can lead to skin breakouts, menstrual cramps, fatigue,
feelings of sadness and many other health issues. Triphala, available in
Organic Digest Tone
(Triphala Plus), is the every-night overnight detox and digestion
balancer, supporting assimilation, balanced agni and ojas. This is the
traditional Ayurvedic every-day, overnight detox. This is Maharishi Ayurveda’s number 1 selling digestion herbal.
from Maharishi Ayurveda — This is a digestion-supporting
(agni-balancing) herbal formulation. Occasional acid indigestion is a
sign of a Pitta imbalance, according to Ayurveda. Too many hot, spicy
foods can spark excess digestive fire and too much stomach acid. Over
time, this can push digestion out of balance and lead to a variety of
The Ayurvedic herbs in this formulation help maintain proper balance
of ‘agni,’ the intelligent digestive fire. The herbs help balance
occasional excess acid and digestive fire; support overall digestion;
and help the body preserve the purity and vitality of nutrients from
foods you eat.
Sleep: Deep Rest from Maharishi Ayurveda — The herbs in this formula support sleeping deeply through the night
and waking up feeling refreshed. Specifically, the formula is for those
who have difficulty staying asleep and wake up in the middle of the
night. It also helps those who have difficulty falling asleep and those
who awaken early, after less than six hours of sleep.
Sleep: Blissful Sleep
from Maharishi Ayurveda — The inability to fall asleep naturally,
according to Maharishi Ayurveda, is largely due to stress, frustration,
heavy food and sensory overload. If you’re worried or agitated before
bed, your mind stays connected to the senses, keeping them active. When
that happens you may have trouble falling asleep — or if you do fall
asleep, you may notice that your sleep is light and restless. When your
mind is relaxed, and disconnects from the senses, that sleep is sound
The Ayurvedic herbs in the formula produce a calming, balancing
effect on the body, mind and emotions. Sleep becomes deeper and more
restful. For published research on Blissful Sleep, please see this page.
Emotional Balance: Worry Free from Maharishi Ayurveda — This traditional formula helps you step up to the challenge of modern life. It simultaneously calms the nervous system while
supporting mental acuity. These herbs help you sail through the same
situations that used to cause a meltdown. It’s not about having a
different attitude — it’s about changing the automatic and immediate
emotional reaction you have to stress and supporting a healthy emotional
response to stress. For published research, please see this page.
Organic Stress Free Emotions
supports natural resistance to emotional stress and fatigue. Diet,
daily habits and ongoing stress are key factors that can contribute to
imbalances in mind and body, leading to feelings of sadness and physical
fatigue. The herbs promote self-confidence, positive thinking and
feelings of fulfillment by balancing the subdosha of Pitta that governs
emotional health (Sadhaka Pitta).
from Maharishi Ayurveda — This traditional formulation combines
purifying herbs with nourishing minerals, including mica. The herbs and
minerals help eliminate digestive impurities and toxins that can affect
natural immunity. This aids healthy liver function and helps purify the
blood. The herbs also promote a healthy resistance to stress and aid in
the assimilation and metabolism of nutrients. Finally, they support
communication between cells, an Ayurvedic key to healthy immunity. It
takes over six months to prepare these herbs for use. Bio-Immune, in combination with Organic Premium Amla Berry and Organic Digest Tone, is a powerhouse for supporting immunity.
Energy: Organic Premium Amla Berry
from Maharishi Ayurveda — Our Amla is prepared according to the ancient
Ayurvedic texts — a 21-step process at a temperature below 90 degrees
Fahrenheit to maintain the potency.
Gram for gram, Amla has 20 times the Vitamin C content of an orange.
Good nutrition requires a balance of the six Ayurvedic tastes — sweet,
sour, salty, pungent, bitter and astringent. Amla is one of just a
handful of herbs that contain five of the six taste categories — all
except salty. Such balanced nutrition means that Amla helps balance all
three of the basic operating principles (doshas) of mind and body — Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Amla produces total health benefits. It helps strengthen the mind,
eyes, heart, skin, and digestion, boosts cellular regeneration; and
promotes a positive nitrogen balance for improved growth of muscle
Mind and Memory: Organic Youthful Mind
from Maharishi Ayurveda — The Ayurvedic herbs in this formulationhelp
remove the toxins that can block mental abilities. They also promote a
healthy response to mental stress — regardless of age. The herbs in
Organic Youthful Mindsupport innate learning ability, clarity and
recall, mental energy and alertness levels, the growth of consciousness
and full mental potential.
Heart: Cardio Support from Maharishi Ayurveda — The Ayurvedic herbs in this formula help
maintain normal and clear arterial walls. They do this by aiding
healthy digestion and supporting balanced fat metabolism. These herbs
nourish the blood, muscles and functioning of the heart, to help keep
the heart healthy as you age. According to Maharishi Ayurveda, the heart
is the seat of ojas, the substance that maintains life and promotes
bliss and longevity.
Prostate Health: Prostate Protection
from Maharishi Ayurveda — From the Maharishi Ayurveda perspective, a
sedentary lifestyle, lack of proper nutrients and urine retention can
impact prostate health. The traditional Ayurvedic herbs in this formula
deliver nutritional support over a broad range of targeted areas. They
help balance testosterone levels and support vitality, promote healthy
prostate size and function, purify the urinary tract, and support the
body’s natural immune system. This blend of Ayurvedic ingredients helps
cleanse genitourinary tract impurities caused by unhealthy dietary
habits and exposure to environmental toxins. They also:
- Support natural immunity in the genitourinary tract
- Promote healthy urinary flow rate
- Rejuvenate the reproductive system
- Help maintain healthy prostate size and function
- Enhance the reproductive fluid
- Support tissue health in the prostate gland
- Support healthy reproductive fluid
- Support healthy libido
(Cover Photo By Quiltsalad, Flickr Creative Commons)
(Hiker photo By Padraic. Flickr Creative Commons)