Ways to celebrate the spring equinox
When is the equinox? Typically it is between March 19th-21st. This year 2020 it's on March 19th.
- Soak up springs warmth
- Use floral scents
- Walk outside
- Lay under a tree
- Bird Watch
- Pick flowers
- Have a picnic
- Dye eggs
- Have a equinox feast
- Tigers Eye
Incense to burn at this time of year
- Violet Petals
- Orris Root
Ostara the Goddess
According to the wheel of the the spring equinox is often referred to as Ostara. Ostara is believed to be an Anglo-Saxon goddess associated with the coming of dawn and the warming of the earth and spring.
Symbols of Spring
- Rabbits- Manifestation of the Goddess
- Eggs- Fertility and life
- Leafy Greens- Dandelion and Nettles (Nettle soup)
- Lamb or game hen
- Spring veggies like asparagus
- Chocolate eggs
- Deviled eggs
- Hot Cross Buns
Herbs of the Equinox
- Lily of the Valley
- Lemon Balm
- Rose Hips
In Ayurveda we practice a few other things at this time of the year. A seasonal cleanse is one of them. I have recorded previous episodes on the podcast discussing how to do one.
Keep on those layers- As soon as Minnesota has it’s first 50 degree day people are out in shorts & tank tops. That is not a good idea. Our bodies haven’t had time to adjust to the weather change. That actually leads to getting sick (our grandmothers were right, button up your coat & wear a hat) we need those items to help our bodies adjust to the sudden change in temperature.
Break a sweat- Now is a great time to head to the bootcamp or HIIT class. Break a sweat to keep the kapha energy from getting stagnate in the body especially the lungs.
Incorporate twists- In Ayurveda the kapha dosha is associated with the lungs. Now is the time to make sure you incorporate some twists to keep things from getting stagnant in the upper chest. A restorative twist over a bolster is a great option to keep things flowing.
Start to eat lighter foods- As the snow is melting or gone in some areas, you might notice your appetite decreasing as well. Honor that and start to incorporate those lighter foods such as seasonal veggies. I just made a cauliflower rice, sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts mixture with a little Green Goddess sauce on top by primal kitchen. It's a great light lunch or dinner idea. Bone broths are great as well to enjoy, or a nettle soup in the evening.
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