As we approach the spring equinox, I want to take a moment to reflect on the meaning of this special time and how we can deepen our yoga practice to align with the energies of the season.
The spring equinox is a time of renewal and rebirth. It marks the moment when the sun crosses the celestial equator and moves northward, bringing longer days and shorter nights in the Northern Hemisphere. The natural world awakens from its winter slumber, and we begin to see the emergence of new growth, vibrant colors, and fresh energy all around us.
As yogis, we can tap into the transformative energy of the equinox by cultivating a deeper connection to our bodies, minds, and the natural world. Yoga is a powerful tool for attuning ourselves to the rhythms of the Earth and the cosmos, and there is no better time than the spring equinox to harness this energy and amplify our practice.
One way to connect with the energy of the equinox is through heart-opening asanas, such as backbends and chest openers. These postures help to release tension and tightness in the chest and shoulders, creating space for the breath and allowing us to open up to the world around us. As we stretch and expand our physical bodies, we also open ourselves up to the possibilities of growth and transformation.
Meditation and pranayama practices can also be powerful tools for connecting with the energy of the season. As we sit in stillness and observe the breath, we can tune into the balance and harmony of the equinox. One simple pranayama technique is Sama Vritti, or equal breathing, in which we inhale and exhale for an equal count. This practice can help to balance the nervous system and calm the mind, allowing us to experience the peace and clarity of the season.
Finally, the spring equinox is a time to cultivate gratitude for the beauty and abundance of the natural world. Whether we practice yoga indoors or venture outside to practice in nature, we can take a moment to appreciate the emerging signs of spring – the birdsong, the flowers, the warmth of the sun on our skin. By connecting with the energy of the equinox and the heart chakra, we can cultivate a sense of joy, love, and interconnectedness that will sustain us throughout the season of growth and renewal.
As we move through the spring equinox and beyond, let us remember to tune into the rhythms of nature, to honor the cycles of life, and to cultivate a sense of balance and harmony in our practice and in our lives.
Join us this Wednesday at 1pm for a Spring Equinox midweek reset at the PCSAM Chapel in Weymouth.
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You are also invited to join me this Friday at 7pm for Spring Equinox Yoga Slow Flow, Yoga Nidra & Reiki. We will gather at 7pm and begin our Spring yoga ceremony at 7:30. We'll move with intention, clear energy, create intention, make space to create momentum with spring's abundant energy.
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Love and happy spring 2023,
Resident Yoga Teacher and Self Care Doula