Throughout the winter months, there is a buildup of stagnant energy in the body that occurs , particularly in the colder northern climes, and especially if the diet has been more meat-based and rich in oils. Indian (Ayurvedic) Medicine says that springtime is the ideal season for cleansing and detoxification. Ayurveda, which means “life wisdom,” it is a very holistic system of health, addressing diet, herbal medicine, breath work, meditation, Ayurveda also recommends daily walking and exercise at different paces for each body type and strives to create a health prescription based on the unique health needs of each individual.
Like with the spring cleaning of a house, we do well to take a similar approach to the body (being a temple in itself, after all). The idea is that the only way to achieve abiding health and emotional balance is if all the parts are tended to and cleansed. In fact Ayurveda recommends cleaning up any clutter from your life as part of your personal cleansing, like weeding your garden. Spring becomes a good time to establish new habits, and plant new roots to take hold for growing in new directions.
In Yoga, The category of spinal twists is said to be especially good for aiding in this spring cleaning process, through movement, digestion and detoxification, as well as for cooling stresses throughout the mind/body system.
Poses such as:
Ardha Matsyendrasana / half lord of the fishes (seated)