This month, we begin to awaken and transition into Spring by emphasizing standing and seated twists (revolving poses) to support the lymphatic system while developing heat and strengthening our immunity. We also focus on replenishing our ojas.
In Ayurveda, ojas literally means “vigor” and is described as “the essential energy of the immune system.” (Dr. David Frawley) Ojas provides stability and support for the entire body. Yet many of our behaviors and emotions — including excessive stress, anger, worry, over exertion, and eating poorly — reduce ojas. When ojas is depleted, we are at risk for developing illness.
A regular yoga practice can help reduce the tension and stress that often overwhelm our modern lifestyles. Practicing asana (physical postures), developing inner heat without over-exerting, focusing on breathing, intentionally attempting to calm the mind, and truly indulging in shavasana (final relaxation) all increase ojas and contribute to improved vigor and immune function.
Ayurvedists constantly adjust lifestyle behaviors to work most consistently with environmental fluctuations such as changes in weather, season, times of day, and age. By taking specific actions, we hope to avoid allergies, sinus issues, and springtime colds/flus so this joyful time of the year can be embraced and experienced fully. We wait to do our Spring purification at the end of April when the temperatures get a bit warmer and the process of shedding becomes easier.
SHAKTI YOGA AYURVEDIC PURIFICATION WEEK STARTS APRIL 26TH– BUT THE WHOLE MONTH OF APRIL IS DEDICATED TO CLEANSING ( DETAILS COMING SOON)