Yoga for All Seasons: Spring By Nichole Golden

March 28, 2014
Yoga for All Seasons: Spring By Nichole Golden

The season of new beginnings is upon us. With the arrival of spring, we shift from the hibernation of the winter months to an awakening of rebirth. Spring invites us to open back up, delight in warmer days and cultivate a spirit of aliveness.

As sunlight paves longer days, warm, damp spells have the potential to leave congestion and upper respiratory conditions in their wake. Spring is the time forreleasing deep-seated emotions of sorrow and sadness. Support your body through this transition with the following recipe for balance as we embrace this upcoming season.

An Ayurvedic approach to spring

Spring is the time for cleansing the body from the winter’s slumber. In the winter, we have a tendency to get sluggish, and so spring becomes the opportune time to shed heavier layers and clean the body of excess toxins in the tissues. We are all naturally drawn to spring-cleaning our homes, and so we must also be inspired to spring-clean our bodies!

The Kapha dosha, which is the water and earth element, is highly accumulated in the body from the winter months. This can be experienced as winter weight gain and feeling lethargic. With a few daily rituals you can start to liquefy that buildup and release it from the body.

5 spring yoga poses

Your yoga practice this time of year should be stimulating and invigorating. This helps to jump-start sluggish digestion to get your lymph moving, prevent congestion and aid in the detox process.

1. Sun Salutations: This sequence will help pump prana (breath) throughout the body, filling you with oxygen and livening your inner-body zest.

2. Backbends: These heart-opening asanas are energizing and revitalizing. Three to try are Bridge PoseWheel Pose and Camel Pose.

3. Twists: Twisting the body helps to detoxify the organs and strengthen metabolic fire.

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