As much as I miss the warm sunny weather I do enjoy the time to hibernate a little and practice yoga more restoratively. Often my body doesn’t feel like doing much at all in winter other than child’s pose, a back bend over a bolster and legs up the wall.
Energy is rising though now with Spring. That feeling of “new” is in the air. My personal practice is getting more energetic and I’m beginning to challenge myself with new poses to master.
Following are a few suggestions for yoga for Spring to harness this energy through your practice:
- Set a new intention. As well as new Spring energy there is a new moon coming up at the weekend so we’re building up to a perfect time to set a new focus for your practice and life. What do you want to create/ shift/ change? Write it down, remind yourself of it before you start your practice and at the end. Create a visual representation of it too if that helps plant it in your mind.
- If there’s a yoga pose you’ve been telling yourself you can’t do….perhaps now is the time to set yourself a challenge to master it.
- Clear out the old to make room for new energy. Declutter, detox, cut ties, get rid of anything that is stale or not serving you in your life; in your living space, your body and in your mind.
- Twists are great for detoxing
- If your practice has really slowed down to more of a mat based routine then start to do more sun salutations, get the prana (life force) moving in and out, and around your body.
- Spring’s energy is expansive, Open your arms a bit wider than usual feeling expansion through the chest and shoulders.
- Practice warriors to enhance powerful energy for forging ahead with your new beginnings and desires.
- In Chinese medicine they link Spring with the wood element, which is connected to the liver (and gallbladder). The liver chi (energy) helps us to get in to action to create the changes we desire in this period of growth and expansion. It’s in charge of our flow of vital energy and emotionally it’s linked to anger. When we feel angry or frustrated we can get stopped, or stuck, wound up and unable to move forward. Forgiveness and compassion to create harmony is key to help this energy flow. Yin poses that help the liver energy to flow are: Shoelace pose/ eye of the needle, sphinx, wide leg child pose, sleeping swan and dragon fly.
Enjoy this wonderful uplifting time.