It’s time to take out your blender out and bring on the green drinks! Spring is is the air – let the cleansing begin! I just did a major cleaning out of my refrigerator – all those containers with the “chemistry experiments” are now out of my fridge, and it’s ready for a major infusion of green veggies for juicing!
I finally feel confident that Spring is here, and it’s warm enough outside to do some juicing. I rarely do a full on juice fast because I’m vata dosha, the air element, and it is too cooling for my system. But I do include daily juices in my regime once it is warm enough outside. In Spring, I love to do green juices because the greens are especially cleansing for our liver and gall bladders, our Spring organs.
Associated with the Wood element in Chinese Medicine, Spring heralds an opportunity for change and expansion. Sometimes, however, the rising energy of Spring feels more like a craggy lurch. Change can be difficult, as we tend to bump into our habitual resistances on the path upwards. In Springtime, we often physically experience this as toxins running awry from our congested livers which get overloaded from rich, heavy Winter foods, stimulants, and our busy stressful lives. The rising energy of Spring can be a shock to our system and we often feel restless, angry, frustrated, edgy, stubborn, resistant, aggressive, and moody. Spring also often comes with headaches, eye issues, tight tendons, stiff necks, eczema and other skin problems. These are signs that our Spring organ network, liver and gall bladder organs, are overloaded with toxins and need some purification and loving attention.
It’s time to bring on the green and cleanse out the toxins, so we can enjoy the rebirth inside and out! I love this delicious green drink. I like including pineapple in my juices because it is a great natural source of melatonin, our “sleep hormone.” It helps me deepen my sleep so that I receive the healing and cleansing that occurs in the deep slow wave sleep in which the brain produces theta and delta waves. During slow wave sleep our body profoundly rests and our immune system is boosted. In this slow wave state of inactivity, the body can shift its energy to focus on regenerating bodily tissues, and restoring its energy sources.
In Spring, I use a lot of bitter greens in my juices to help cleanse the liver and gallbladder to help them stimulate bile production which helps break down foods and filters and detoxifies the blood. Some of my favorite bitter greens are dandelion and arugula.
- 3 pieces of kale
- 5 dandelion greens
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1 celery stalk
- 8-10 chunks of pineapple
- 1/2 lemon
- small bit daikon radish
- handful of parsley
- handful of cilantro
Join me for a very special Restorative Sound Healing: Mama Love! workshop this Saturday, May 12th at 6:15pm-8:15pm at Sacred Sounds Yoga. In celebration of Mother’s Day, we honor the divine feminine in this Sound Healing experience. Through a deeply nourishing restorative yoga practice designed to nourish your feminine energy and the the yin energy channels in the body, we will awaken the internal, intuitive feminine energy, nurturing shakti prana.
For a Spring yang practice, view my Spring Cleanse Flow video. I know you’ll enjoy this powerful, detoxifying, core strengthening, twisting asana sequence that releases congestion in the liver and gall bladder meridians to powerfully cleanse the Spring organs, and bring clarity and vitality to your being! Even if you can’t fully do the apex poses yet, do as much of the sequence as you can, and you will deeply open your hips and cleanse your body and mind!
For more seasonal practices and self care tips from Leigh, go to www.leighevansyoga.com.