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As we welcome the arrival of spring and the promise of new beginnings, the practice of yoga offers a profound pathway to align with the energy of the spring equinox. Through intentional movement, breath work, meditation, and connection with nature, we can tackle the transformative power of this bright and hopeful time of year, nurturing growth, renewal, and awakening in body, mind, and soul. 

The spring equinox happens around March 20th in the northern hemisphere resulting in nearly equal lengths of day and night. Symbolically, it represents a transition from the darkness of winter into the light of spring, evoking themes of balance, renewal, and transformation.

In many cultures and spiritual traditions, the spring equinox is celebrated as a time of rejuvenation and fertility. From ancient rituals honouring gods or goddesses of growth and rebirth to modern-day festivities welcoming the awakening of nature, this seasonal milestone holds deep-rooted significance across the globe.

Yoga, with its harmony with nature, offers a great lens through which to explore and celebrate the spring equinox. Just as the Earth undergoes a process of renewal during this time, yoga encourages us to prepare a sense of inner renewal, shedding the inactivity of the past (winter) and welcoming the potential for growth and transformation.

At its core, yoga invites us to harmonise the body, mind, and soul, aligning with the rhythm of the natural world. By engaging in practices that honour the spring equinox, we can deepen our connection to the earth, tap into our inner energy, and accept the potential for new beginnings.

Couple of yoga practices as an example for this time of the year:

Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar): As we celebrate the increasing light and warmth of the sun, Sun Salutations serve as a powerful expression of this energy. Flowing through sequences that honour the solar energy, we can cultivate a sense of vitality, and invite in feelings of renewal.

Twists and Detoxifying Poses: Just as nature undergoes a process of cleansing and renewal during the spring season, our bodies can benefit from practices that support detoxification and purification. Incorporating twisting poses can help stimulate the digestive system, release toxins, and create space for fresh energy to flow.

Heart-Opening Asanas: The spring equinox invites us to open our hearts to the abundance of life and possibility that surrounds us. Heart-opening poses can help us cultivate a sense of expansiveness, gratitude, and compassion as we embrace the transformative power of love.

Meditation and Intention Setting: Welcoming the energy of the spring equinox, meditation offers an opportunity to reflect on the seeds of intention we wish to plant and nurture in our lives. Whether through guided visualisation, mantra meditation, or silent contemplation, setting intentions aligned with growth, renewal, and awakening can pave the way for deep transformation.

Nature Immersion: Connecting with the natural world is an essential aspect of honouring the spring equinox. Practicing yoga outdoors, whether in a garden, park, or forest, allows us to adapt ourselves to the rhythms of the earth, draw inspiration from the blooming of new life, and deepen our sense of interconnectedness with all beings.

I am excited to start on this journey with you, guiding you through daily practices curated to honor the spring equinox and support your flourishing. Stay tuned as I share our daily practices via the calendar I’ve created (*with new flows included), helping you pursue energy, balance, and joy throughout the month ahead. 

Lots of love,

Ayse 

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