Transitioning your Yoga Practice to Spring
Yoga in all of its glory requires consistency and tweaking the practice to accommodate the seasons and their transitions. In the Winter, Yin Yoga or slower-paced and longer focused routines should be explored and pursued. A Yin Yoga routine can be so good for our hibernating souls. Yin focuses on the water element which can stimulate that most important flow of chi and can also take our bodies and minds out of stagnation. This can help keep your body in a more vital state over the Winter.
This year the equinox is on March 21st. The Spring Equinox is a time to reboot on every level. We have this amazing shift from shorter to longer days with much more direct sunlight. We start to sync up with the sun’s magnificent life force energy and our bodies crave the sun, the air, the outdoors. It’s time for our own rebirth!
As we get through this final month before the Spring Equinox it’s time to prepare and transition. I personally feel that moving from one style of Yoga to another should never be abrupt. Moving out of one flow into another takes me two weeks to a month depending on how diligent I am. This transition is analogous with the seasons themselves and our bodies will benefit if we take some time to mimic the transitory state of nature. Think about the seasons, childbirth, waves in the ocean, and the mantra, OM. There is always a transition phase, and I believe this can help us with everything from our expectations of ourselves in our practice (mental clarity), to not injuring ourselves, and keeping our immune systems in optimal health. If implemented now our bodies will be ready for the full transition on the day of the Equinox.
The transition phase in my practice includes Kundalini Kriyas (Kriyas are involuntary movements that can occur during or outside of meditation in a process that includes trembling, quivering, and dance-like movements), sun salutations, and short visual meditations. At the same time, I start to wean out the Yin. Diet is always at the forefront of my mind as I carry extra weight so getting on the Spring track with implementing more greens, more fruit, and microgreens are essential as I back off on the more calorie-dense winter foods. I also spend some time eating fewer vegetarian foods and spend more time eating vegan. Healthy vegan meals can help cleanse to the body and return you to optimum health and energy. I spend more days a week doing 16-hour fasts. I do at least one day a week now.
The key to doing this is a written schedule. Yep! I know…I know how hard it can be to write it down …but with this gradual transition it is important to reflect on what to let go of and what to bring into focus. This can be very intuitive! Each week make a plan and do your best to stick with it. You will find that you will be less attracted naturally to some of the Yin practice and easily adding your own ideas and past experience to the more vigorous asana practice.
I use a journal for transition phases and keep it written down. Everything from my dreams to how I feel physically and mentally through the transition gets written down. Each transition reflects on the last and as time goes by this gets easier! Follow nature's path and transition your body and practice to the seasons.
Let us know how you transition in the comments section!
Sat Nam ਸਤਿ ਨਾਮੁSoorya Kirti Kaur @ The Yama Yoga Store
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