I love this time of year.
I love noticing the leaf buds as they gradually unfurl into new life. I love the bright lime green leaves and fresh blossom on the trees and in the hedgerows. I love the lengthening of the days. I love the feeling of renewal and new possibilities.
I love spring!
Previous years, when I’ve had my head down working, I’ve only half-noticed the changes going on in the natural world around me and never quite felt I had the time to appreciate fully this time of year.
Full of the joys of spring
But this year is different and I feel something stirring in me ready to spring into life – rather like the leaves blossoming into life after the dormancy of winter.
I’m literally feeling full of the joys of spring and this is showing in my yoga practice.
For the past week or so I’ve found myself wanting to practise postures which I haven’t felt enthusiastic about all through autumn and winter.
Feel the power!
I’m finding myself drawn to:
- Triangles (Trikonasana) and Warriors (Virabhadrasana) where I’m enjoying feeling the strength and power they engender : I feel myself grounded with strength through my legs, yet open in my upper body and welcome to new possibilities and ways of looking at myself and the world;
- Twisting postures such as Sitting Spinal Twist (Ardha Matsyendrasana): the twists are wringing out tension and toxins in my body;
- Inversions such as Shoulder Stand (Sarvangasana) which I feel is akin to tipping out accumulated rubbish and having a good spring clean of my energetic system;
- The sun sequence – come on sun, you know you want to come out really;
- And Dru yoga sequences such as the Power Sequence which is great for enhancing confidence and self-esteem.
See things differently
My senses feel sharper and I’m willing to come to postures with a fresh view.
Yesterday I decided I’d try Rotated Triangle (Parivritta Trikonasana) without bending the knee of the leading leg and without supporting my hand on a block, something I normally do because I thought I needed to and always have done in the past.
Well, it turns out that now I don’t need do either of these things – straight leg and hand on floor, way- hay! (Just goes to show that if you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got…)
Feel the connection
I’m feeling into the poses with more of a connection to my body: I’m feeling the strength in my legs and openness in my hips as I stretch and twist. I’m feeling the subtleties of slight changing in alignments such as how lifting the arches of my feet engages my leg muscles in wide-stance poses.
I’m also enjoying practising the Dru Earth Sequence which connects us to the vitality of the energy that the earth is giving us as this time of year; and Salutation to the Four Directions, where we give out qualities such as courage, generosity, acceptance and love as we turn to the north, south, east and west and open ourselves to receiving them in turn.
Spring has sprung
So, new life is springing into action all around us and I believe that whether we consciously notice it or not, this has an effect on our mind, body and emotions.
But if we actively decide to connect to the nascent power which is beneath our feet and bursting out all around us at this time of year, imagine what we could achieve!
What effect is spring having on you and your yoga practice?
I was inspired to muse on the joys of spring by Yoga for Calm’s recent post: Alternative Spring Cleaning