the Dark/New Moon) is a time to release emotional baggage along with anything that is no
longer serving you.
Every Spring, when we are supported by nature’s abundance and the predominance of the
kapha dosha, is the most balancing time for
us to shed anything. Personally, I prepare for
this for months, first evoking the sensitivity of
the fall vata season to learn what I want to
release. Then I align myself with that choice
in the beginning of the New Year, and allow
the shedding to take place in the early Spring.
How do you shed something? There are as
many methods as there are energetic releases.
You just have to have a ritual that symbolizes
the transition for you. That could be a fire
ceremony, a cleanse, sweat lodge, or simply
With every death, there is a birth. As I kill off
the depleting relationship (I’m really killing off
the pattern in myself that chooses to be depleted in relationships), I birth the me that follows through on choosing nurturing relationships. As something is shed, something new is
inevitably picked up. I shed that old pattern
of choosing depletion and birth the pattern of
choosing nurturance. Birth and death always
How are you going to symbolize that energetic
shift in practice—what's your ritual?
To me, a ritual is the comprised set of tools
that support you to release/birth. What will
support you in making this turn of the cycle?
For example, if you want to exercise more (or
shed inactivity), perhaps part of your ritual is
to make a mix of inspiring music to get you
up and at it in the morning. This ritual does
not have to be esoteric. Allow the ritual to be
about knowing yourself and your blocks, and
attending to them. Only you can know how
to best support yourself through any shedding
process. As transition, letting go, and death
are all vata energetics (the dosha of air, space,
movement, creativity, and change), this support is key to not let these processes imbalance
you and to pay close attention to nurturing
yourself throughout the process.
What did you notice over the last few months
as no longer serving your greater good? What
will you birth in its place? Now is the right
time of year to do it.
Dr. Siva Mohan integrates Ayurveda with modern medicine
in her Ayurvedic wellness practice and educational programs
to define and achieve whole-being wellness. Dr. Mohan
specializes in addressing the psychospiritual basis of healing.