It has been a great Steamboat winter. All of this snow is so beneficial for our rivers, mountain, and tourism and helps prevent drought and fires. But it has also been a long, grey, and cold season. Even though most of us love and hope for Champagne powder in our little ski town, many of us are craving some warmth and sunshine by mid-March.
Over the past few weeks, many people have come into the studio saying they feel tired, sluggish, or unmotivated. Activities that are part of their normal routines feel more like chores. Personally, I’ve had a hard time getting out the door to skate ski or snowshoe. I find myself choosing the comfort of my home over taking a great yoga class.
Rakta’s Spring Wellness Challenge begins March 18th. In previous challenges, we’ve covered inflammation, gut health, meditation, and hormones. In this challenge, Spring Clean Your Body, we’ll explore yoga and ayurvedic support of the body as we transition into spring.
Spring is Kapha season, which is predominantly cold, wet, and heavy. Those of us who shovel or snowblow can attest to the weight of our snow. Rain and mud season will be here before we know it. Kapha season has some great grounding qualities due to its earth and water energy, but we can feel sluggish, heavy, and dull. We can also develop lung and sinus issues as well as allergies during this dense, wet season.
In this challenge, we’ll take a hard look at how we feel on a daily basis and develop new habits to support our health, nutrition, and sleep. As always, each of us decides what we want to focus on. Yoga is recommended six times a week, but it’s not a requirement—and we always encourage outdoor activity. Removing sugar, alcohol, processed foods, and gluten from our diets can support our transition into spring. Even eliminating just one group from the list can affect the quality of our sleep, mood, immune system, and joint health.
When you commit to the 34 day Spring Wellness Challenge, you can do so as part of your own personal journey or you can join us on Sunday afternoons to come together in community for discussion, sharing, meditation, and questions.
I can’t wait to get started next week!
In light and love,