7 Tips for Spring Cleansers
Embracing your full potential sometimes requires first letting go. As we move through the spring season we are reminded to cleanse our body, mind and household. The ritual of spring cleaning has been honored by every culture known. We must clear out the old to make room for the new. But, it goes beyond that. If our environment is cluttered thus so is the mind. I can easily accumulate clutter in my home. Instantly it overwhelms me, I become nervous, anxious, don’t know where to begin and how to tackle it, and often do whatever it takes to avoid the mess altogether. This creates a domino effect in my life, and I notice that many other things start to spin out of control when my home and my body/mind aren’t in order. Don’t misunderstand me, I am not a neat freak, I am simply talking about organization to ease my mind. Here are several tips to help you ease into spring cleaning your body, mind and spirit.
- Do a detox or cleanse to reboot and renew your body. With all the added time and energy you have from not hunting, gathering, cooking and eating your next meal, you can devote that time and burst of energy to some or even all of the tips on this list.
- Pick a drawer, cabinet or closet and de-clutter that shit. Turn on some of your favorite tunes. It needn’t be overwhelming just commit 15 minutes a day to an item for de-cluttering. Grab a bin for the things that stay, a bin for things that go to goodwill or another person or charity and grab a bin for trash. If you haven’t worn or used something in a year, chances are you no longer need it. Easy, peasy…
- I have a rule that nothing new comes into my wardrobe without letting something else go. Remember that when shopping for fun new spring clothes. What will you let go of?
- Get out in nature and enjoy yourself. Grab a friend or your pet and take a walk or a run if that’s your thing. Stop and literally smell the roses. Well actually they are not in bloom yet here in the Mid-Atlantic US. But, stop and smell something.
- Pot a plant or herb for your home to help filter the air and give life-enhancing oxygen to you and your loved ones.
- Give gratitude daily. This has changed my life. Take a moment everyday to close your eyes, breathe and give gratitude for just being.
- Start a meditation practice if you don’t already have one. Numerous studies have proven the many benefits to this ancient practice. Start with just 5 minutes a day. That’s all it takes, build up slowly from there. Join a meditation group if you need motivation. Group energy is powerful stuff. Whatever, just do it, no excuses on this one.
- Breathwork, or in Sanskrit, Pranayama. It’s no secret that this is the secret to my wellbeing. Everyone has heard “just take a deep breath”, why? because it works to calm the body and mind. There are many different types of pranayama for whatever may ail you. You can do breathwork to increase your metabolism, warm you, cool you and calm you just to mention a few. Try the breath practice below that will increase your well-being straight away.
If you have any questions about a detox or cleanse or any of the other practices here, we are always available by email info@YinYangYogis.com, or in the comment section below. Enjoy your transition into spring. If you haven’t read Baby Steps into Spring, check it out here. Also, check out some of our free meditations and Breathwork/Pranayama practices on our blog.
Blessings and Happy Spring,
Stacy and the Y3 Family
Pranayama Practice, aka, Attitude Adjustment Breathwork
Find a comfortable seat, cross-legged on the floor or in a chair. Sit up straight, relax the shoulders down and away from your ears. Ground your sit bones and with your mouth and eyes closed breath though the nostrils and connect to your natural breath. Don’t try to control it in any way, just observe. Notice where you are holding any tightness or tension in the body and let it float away with the exhale. When you are ready breathe in through the nose for a count of four (4) hold the inhale for a count of seven (7) then puff up your cheeks and exhale strongly with your lips pursed like you are blowing up a balloon for a count of eight (8) Repeat this 3 or 4 times. Then go back to your natural breathing and notice the effects that this practice has evoked in you. This brief pranayama will lower your stress hormones and increase your sense of well-being straight away. Try it and let us know how you feel. It always make me smile.