Welcome to spring! The snow is melting and the birds are singing but most importantly, the sun is shining! This time of year I always feel so much appreciation, so much so that I think Thanksgiving should maybe be a spring holiday. I work much much better in the heat and the sun and so when I finally start seeing it, all I feel is gratitude.
As such, this spring practice focuses on two Niyamas (self care/observances): Santosha &Shaucha.
Santosha translates to contentment or gratitude. As you move through this spring practice, I encourage you to feel the abundance of your life. This is not always an easy practice, we tend to get caught up in to-do lists and moving on to the next thing. Wherever you are the moment you decide to practice, create a list of things you are grateful for- even if they seem simple or silly. A practice of gratitude can actually manifest abundance, as you are putting your energy into the things that bring you bliss. Here is my list when I sat down to create this practice:
- Parents & little brother
- Extended family
- Luna & Bella
- Friends who are like family
- My job
- My apartment
- My coffee mug
- Coloured highlighters
Shaucha is the practice of cleanliness of body, mind and environment. In this practice create a clean, quiet space. We will focus on twists and full breath in order to detoxify the body (twists ‘wring’ out toxins in the body and get things ‘moving’, breathe cleanses the energy channels & nervous system). As you move and breathe visualize your body letting go and being restored. A little spring cleaning is in order!
The poses in this practice are:
- Seated Spinal Twist
- Seated Cat/Cow
- Seated Lateral bends
- Warrior 1
- Warrior 2
- Goddess (repeat with the flow of breath!)
- Forward Fold
- Tree (its spring, its a must.)
- Squat pose & Squat twist
There is also a playlist for YOGA TRAVEL TEACH SPRING PLAYLIST ON SPOTIFY
Feel free to save or print this practice guide. Be sure to flow at your own pace. Set an intention. Be safe. Only move towards bliss. Happy SPRING!
Have fun and if there are any questions, please ask away!