Spring, the season of new beginnings!

Spring is the season of new beginnings, opportunities, optimism, vision, and flexibility. Perfect after a lockdown!

As the heavy chill of winter begins to lift, the days become longer and our amount of activity naturally increases. New shoots sprout from the ground, new buds on trees, and feelings of lightness, freshness, and renewal prevail. The liver & gall bladder are the organs of focus in spring. In oriental medicine the element is wood and the liver is seen as the emperor of the body setting the standard for the body to follow. A healthy liver means a healthy reference point for the whole body. Time for spring-cleaning inside as well as out, Focus on detoxifying, cleansing & doing what makes you feel light, happier, and flexible.

Problems Associated With Imbalances in the Wood Element

  • Joint and muscle tension, prone to have tendon and ligament injuries
  • Headaches, generally on the side of the head or back of the eyes
  • Irritability and outbursts of anger
  • Eye and visual disturbances
  • Allergies

How to Keep Healthy and Joyful During Spring

Move

You and your Liver need movement; so get out, take long walks in nature, observe the changes going on around you, and invite change in. Join a yoga class where we twist and stretch to find flexibility and that light open feeling.

Spring Clean

Go through your home, office, car and get rid of stuff that you don’t need. Allow new things into your life. Imagine what you would like to create in your life and make plans to actuate these dreams.

Let Go of Old Resentments and Start Fresh

Grudges and resentments are indigestible and can do damage to Liver energy. Practice forgiveness.

Take a Risk and Try Something New

Think of something you’d like to try. Now is the time to do it!

Spring foods

Spring is the time to start a healthier diet and flush out the toxins so that the Liver can do its job more effectively. Begin by eliminating foods that stress the Liver, such as fried or very fatty foods. Sugar and white flour should be eliminated or minimized, and foods with chemical preservatives and food colouring should be avoided. Cook stir fries and steam veg. Don’t overeat. Try to eat slowly. Enjoy the abundance of plant based foods – fresh leafy greens, sprouts, Asian greens, peas, green beans – can improve the liver’s overall function.

Taste Sour Foods and drinks with sour tastes stimulate the liver’s energy. Put lemon slices in your drinking water, use vinegar, lemon juice and a good olive oil for your salad dressing. Garnish your sandwich with a slice of pickle. Try replacing one coffee a week with dandelion tea.

Eye Exercises

Although all the organs have some connection to the health of the eyes, the liver is connected to proper eye function. Remember to take breaks when looking at a computer monitor and do eye exercises.


 

So Spring into Spring , rise early, try something new, revitalise and attune yourself to the energy of this exciting season. ENJOY!

Our article author, Lisa Telford is owner-operator at Yoga for the Seasons. A Japanese form of yoga therapy. It integrates traditional Hatha yoga with the meridian-based healing arts of Japan and China and the Five Element theory. The Elements of Metal (Autumn), Water (Winter) Wood (Spring), Fire (Summer) and Earth (Late Summer). It offers a remarkably accurate and remedial system of healing and maintaining health.

Find out more about Lisa’s classes and workshops http://www.yogafortheseasons.com.au/