Spring time is a wonderful time to cleanse out the old and make room for the new. We do this “spring cleaning” in our homes, so why not in our bodies as well?
During the winter our bodies go into a kind of natural hibernation period. During the cold winter months, there is less fresh food available (plus all those holiday parties!), so it’s natural to gain weight over the winter. It’s also a time we tend to set goals and process emotions, so its possible to build up psychic sludge as well during this time.
Spring, on the other hand, is a great time to get that stuff moving. Its a time of action, of spreading our wings and flying forward, putting our goals into action and living out the dreams we cooked up over the internal winter months. Physically, it’s a great time to start moving the body more and shed some of the extra layers that have built up over the winter.
If left un-attended to, poor nutrition, improper alignment and stress that build up over the year can create toxins in our bodies. Luckily, through yoga we can clear out some of this gunk and create more space for vitality and aliveness in the body.
Here is a quick practice you can do at home today to begin the cleansing process.
3 Yoga Poses to help you cleanse and renew
Lions breath: Take a deep inhale through your nose. Opening your mouth and eyes wide, exhale while sticking out your tongue. Get all the way empty (its ok if you make a sound!) repeat this 3 times.
Agni Sara in Horse Stance: Step your feet wide into horse pose. Feet wide, toes turned out, knees pointing towards your toes. Place your hands on your upper thighs and gently press your thighs towards the ground, tractioning out your back. Take a deep inhale and exhale completely. Holding your breath at the bottom of the exhale begin to pump your abdomen in and out. Soften your abdominal muscles and inhale. Repeat 3 times.
Seated twist: Sit in a cross legged position and reach your left hand towards your right knee. Place your right hand behind your tailbone. Draw a deep breath through your core lifting up through the crown of your head. Repeat for five breaths and then switch sides, twisting the other way.
Savasana: lie on your back and breathe naturally. Allow your breath to wash through your guts and core. Feel for any new space that you created with this short practice and fill up that space with fresh breath. Celebrate your renewed body!
I hope that this is helpful ~ have fun with the practice! If you would like to go deeper in your cleansing, you are welcome to join me on Sunday April 26th for a special workshop: SPRING RENEWAL. May you enjoy the freshness of your breath and the expansiveness of the season!