And then March swept in with its branches and rain readying the lands for Spring with scattered bursts of sudden colour, rising from the dull ground while announcing their desire to breathe life again ……..
I don’t know anything about certainty or being sure or steadiness in this unforgiving world, but I do know about seasons, especially Spring…….Spring always comes again!
Lets take a moment in our thoughts to think about this time of year, wherever you are right now, in this very moment, however it is you are thinking and whatever it is you are feeling, it is always fluctuating and it will become different. It will also transmute into something new. We learn to experience a shedding of old layers, habits and outmoded beliefs. We recognise that each waking moment is an opportunity to experience the sheer joy of present moment awareness. Look around at nature, it is showing and telling us all of this. A time to strike a balance between Yin and Yang and as a ‘Spring Cleaning’ of stagnant energy that has been stored over the long, dark and colder winter months.
In your yoga practice look to facilitate that awakening, to gather and draw energy inward and then release it outwardly as a metaphorical planting of seeds. Look to enjoy arm balances and core cultivation as well as heating inversions, experiment and explore with new strength that has developed from the fortifying rest of winter. Try to relieve physical and emotional congestion by practising dynamic poses before exploring strong, standing hip openers and activation. This can mobilise stagnant earth and water elements that have accumulated through winter. Enjoy heat inducing Pranayama, because most processes of purification require a great heat. Focus on poses that stimulate the circulatory, digestive and lymphatic systems like twists and backbends as well.
Listen to your body; yoga, good diet and self care will all help – There is something really special about eating food you have grown. A few years ago I had my own allotment where I enjoyed many happy days planting and nurturing a wonderful space with my late father, but even if you don’t have much space you could plant in pots. My suggestions for some of the best container foods are; beetroot, tomatoes, Swiss chard, radish, lettuce, carrots, salad onions and herbs. There are of course many others. This year to mark the Spring I am planting some myself and feeling excited at the prospect of organic home grown food again! HaPpY PlAnTiNg!
During these uncertain times at the moment I have postponed all my classes and events with a view to resuming when it is safe to do so. I will keep you posted. In the meantime, stay in touch with me too, I would love to hear how your home practice is coming along or anything else you would like to share or ask me. I’m very much missing you all and each time I step on my mat or wherever my practice is, my thoughts turn to all of you as well.
I would like to share the Mantra of Supreme Light with you before I finish today’s post. Invoke this mantra with reverence to the sun, our absolute source of sustenance. Allow this to be a mantra of purification and release as you move towards internal balance in the new season.
OM HRIM HAMSA SO’HAM SWAHA
Om – the primordial sound of the Universe, the vibration of all creation.
hrim – seed sound of clarity and dispelling illusion. The mantra for light & sun.
hamsa so’ham – the balance of light, dark, sun & moon. The power of breath for bringing vitality.
swaha – let it be so – dedication to the light.
Use this time to self explore, be inquisitive in your practice, process and assimilate until we all come back together again on our mats. Hope you enjoy the spring photos in this post. xx
My Yoga Blessings to you all
Susan x x