The end of winter brings about a renewal. We turn off the heat, throw open the windows and breathe in those first scents of spring. Early mornings become bearable as the darkness withdraws and the chatter of birds breaks the silence.
Soon our layered clothes will make room for bright tights, shorts, light tops and eventually bathers! You may find an urge to clean, discard and organize all the clutter that winter seems to collect, allowing for the freshness and growth that spring promises. As a good spring clean creates a harmonious home why not amplify these actions and pursue the purification process with your body and mind?
Enjoy your 'inner spring clean' by following my top 4 replenishing yoga go-to’s:
1. Salute the sun
In many cultures light has long been a symbol of consciousness and self-illumination. ‘The world begins with the coming of light,’ wrote Jungian analyst Erich Neumann
One of the means of honouring the sun is through the dynamic asana sequence Surya Namaskar (sun salutation). Each sun salutation begins and ends with the joined-hands mudra (gesture) touched to the heart. Aside from this there are variations aplenty that have evolved over the years. Because of the sequences malleability, it’s easy enough to cook up a few of your own.
Go with what feels good for you on the day, start slowly with 3-5 rounds and then quicken the pace to 15 if you can.
2. Twist it up
Twisting poses we practice in yoga massage the abdominal organs, helping to facilitate the elimination process of toxins and waste, perfect for that spring revival that we are looking for! Try seated and standing variations and be sure to breathe. Notice the space you feel as you exit the pose. The word 'twist' also gives permission to zig zag along your path. Take a moment to experience any newness and relish it!
- Try a new class or teacher
- Attempt an exotic pose
- Place your mat in uncharted territory when you next enter the studio
3. Do a headstand #everydamnday
Headstand (Sirsasana) is often referred to as the king of all yoga poses. And with soo many benefits it is obvious why! As part of our resurrection from the lows of winter a headstand each day can allow the adrenal glands to flush thus creating more positive thought. Another key benefit is a decrease in feelings of depression and being upside down will almost always put a smile on your face!
4. Get outside
Take your practice outdoors and take some time to appreciate the beauty of the natural world. As the winter chill recoils be sure to step out into nature. Notice the squishy grass between your toes. Breathe in the aroma of the freshly blossoming spring flowers. Touch the crisp but ‘promising of warmth’ air. Sync in with the cyclic nature of the big wide world. Let the season of rebirth spur on your inner awakening.
It's a time to renew your energy, refresh your desires and reset your intentions to live out your dreams. Get to it!
Namaste. Rhy xx
Where to next:
- Tomorrow (Sept 12) will feature a 1 hour PLAY session after class that will have you getting upside down and taking your practice outside.
- My regular weekly classes at the Mosman Park studio always include sun salutations. Refer to my class schedule.