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Earth Appreciation
by Melina Meza, BS Nutrition, 500-RYT



Editor's Note from Lexi Yoga: Melina Meza shares with us an Ayurvedic perspective on how to stay balanced and stabilize your earth element before approaching the summer season. Your sleeping patterns, overuse of your senses and improper eating can all affect your well-being.


I’m quite fond of the old yogic saying, “it’s never too late, or too early, to consider sequencing your life today for a healthier tomorrow.” Because I really believe it to be true.

Everyday you get opportunity to restate your intentions and purpose, which helps align your prana so you accomplish your goals. Every morning is considered the springtime of the day, a time for renewal and planting seeds. What routines and rituals are you using this spring to foster physical health?

The 6 am to 10 am time window is considered a kapha time of day; this means it’s cooler and more stable. The body may also have more mucous moving during this time of day than desired since mucous is ruled by kapha. In order to get yourself warm and align with the larger solar forces out in nature, Ayurvedic practitioners will encourage you to do practices in the morning to help alleviate kapha symptoms, especially during the spring season.

Simple kapha-reducing practices include drinking warm water with a squeeze of lemon; dynamic, rhythmic, warming asanas that include twisting, simple inversions, and prone backbends; walking or jogging; and kriyas like kapala bhati uddiyana bandhas. After the movement practice, eat a warm light breakfast appropriate for your constitution. Visit the spring section of Art of Sequencing Volume – Volume Two for more asana and lifestyle ideas for the season.

After recently co-teaching the Spring Seasonal Ayurveda Yoga Immersion with Dr. Scott Blossom, I feel inspired to highlight the importance of the earth element this month while we are in the kapha-aggravating phase of spring. The kapha dosha will typically accumulate in late fall and early winter, so when the earth begins to warm up in the spring, it gets aggravated. The water and earth elements then move with greater force until early summer when they dry up as we enter the pitta season.

Doshas occurs when our natural state of health is out of whack, often due to improper eating, overuse of our senses, not enough sleep, or misalignment with the seasons. From the Ayurvedic perspective, when the earth element is balanced, a person will typically have a stable constitution, good stamina, and a strong mind that does not fatigue easily.

So you might be wondering how can I stabilize my earth element or increase my awareness of what the earth element is? For this month, consider trying a few of these practices to help you see, feel, taste, and touch the element of earth. Befriend what is essential to your well-being.

 * Eat Real Food. Food = Earth. Every time you eat, you bring the earth element into your body. You are what you eat, so when you eat wholesome fresh foods from the market, you build healthy fluids, blood, muscle, fat, bone, nerve cells, and reproductive fluids.

 * Foods that have been grown in the earth for longer periods of time like carrots, beets, turnips, and yams have a more earthy quality than salads or sprouts. They can be made into healthy snacks for this season to help you stay grounded.

 * Vote with your dollar at the store. For this month, consider buying all organic foods to help the earth remain free of harmful chemicals.

 * Try growing some food this month. At your local health food store or farmers market, pick up a box of salad mix, kale, herbs, a tomato plant, or some peas. Add the starters to some organic compost and watch your little plant grow into food or herbs. Get your whole family on board to each take care of a plant.

 * Take time in a forest or in the wildness area this month. Feel with all your senses what’s happening in the space around you. This is one of the best practices for stabilizing your mind and cultivating peace.



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About the Author

Melina Meza has been exploring the art and science of yoga and nutrition for over 18 years. She combines her knowledge of Hatha Yoga, Ayurveda, whole foods nutrition, and healthy lifestyle promotion into a unique style called Seasonal Vinyasa. Her devotion to yoga and eating well, to teaching and nutritional counseling, and to traveling and experiencing different cultures combine to create a colorful and enlightening perspective from which to share that which she loves about yoga in its entirety. Meza is the author of the Art of Sequencing books and Yoga for the Seasons – Fall Vinyasa DVD. www.melinameza.com





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