What does springtime mean to you? Do you imagine new growth? Spring cleaning? Nature’s awakening? Perhaps it is all these things.
Consider spring cleaning for a moment. This often means cleaning up the clutter that has accumulated in your surroundings over the past year. However, it can also be an opportunity to clean up the clutter (vritti-s) that build up in the heart and mind.
Yoga can help with the vritti-s. Patanjali’s yoga sutras mention the virtue of cleanliness (sauca). This usually includes cleaning up the clutter in the heart-mind along with proper maintenance of the body. Another sutra mentions the restorative practice of yoga nidra (conscious deep sleep), which brings calmness and clarity.
As you greet this new season, make a commitment to developing or increasing your daily yoga practice, including the postures (asana) and breath regulation (pranayama). Gradually grow toward increased concentration (dharana) and a peaceful meditative state (dhyana).
You may begin to feel an inner transformation, and you will recognize it as your spiritual springtime, like Nature awakening after a long sleep.
“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” – Carl Jung
Editorial: By LeGrand Jones, ERYT200
It’s time to blossom and lighten our load! Let’s cleanse any extra winter weight and any material possessions that keep us in the past or limit our freedom in the moment.
Here are a few diet tips that will help prepare the body and mind for spring:
- Decrease heavy, oily, cold, fatty foods.
- Increase spicy, bitter, and astringent foods (arugula, mustard greens, kale, strawberries, blueberries, and sprouts).
- Increase your vitamin, nutrient and chlorophyll intake with early dark green vegetables and sprouts. In general, eat light and eat season foods.
Spring cleaning through asana:
Now that winter is on the past, it’s time to start sending some love and compassion to the liver and gallbladder, which may have been working overtime during the winter with diets heavy in fat, protein, caffeine, alcohol or sugar. These organs tend to get overloaded in the winter with extra socializing, large meals, decreased exercise, and not enough rest.
Springtime invites cleansing the liver and gallbladder, which do many helpful things for our health including: filtering toxins from the external environment and food, aiding in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fat, and protein, helping to break down fats in the body, and processing our anger.
In regards to asana, the inner legs and outer leg lines correlate to the meridian lines that feed into the liver (inner legs) and gallbladder (outer legs). Spring is a great time to deepen your relationship the poses below. They will help you to connect and activate the liver and gallbladder meridians
Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (pigeon)
Prasaritta Padottanasana (wide leg forward bends)
Gomukasana (cow face)
Great traditions to follow on spring time.
Lorena Saavedra Smith & HANAQ PRANA YOGA STUDIO Team