The Spring Equinox is a solar festival celebrated when the length of day and night are equal. It is the ignition key for the year, and from here the energy of the year really revs up. This year, as we approach the Spring Equinox, and begin to emerge from a global pandemic, I have found using the seasonal meditation questions more poignant and more relevant than ever.
As the days get longer and warmer, between now and the Summer Solstice, normally, my focus would be on pushing projects out into the world, to make the most of this short-lived period of fertile energy, During the growing season, whatever we unite our energy with will expand and grow, so, I would be asking question such as:
I found working with the Spring Equinox meditation questions this year has helped me to get in touch with just how daunted and at the same time how hopeful I feel about this work of rebuilding better over the months ahead. Here are some meditation questions that will help you to stay calm, grounded, and guided by your inner wisdom, as you face the challenges of the coming season:
To find out ways of working with the meditation questions see the blog post: How to Use the Seasonal Meditation Questions.
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For the past few days I've been using the Spring Equinox yoga practice, from the Yoga Through the Year book, as my early morning yoga practice. I've found the practice the perfect antidote to the jitters that arise as we prepare, here in the UK, for a gradual emergence from lockdown restrictions, and it's also great for calming the restlessness and agitation brought on by the surge of growing season energy that comes with the changing season.
The Spring Equinox yoga practice has been designed to encapsulate the excitement and anticipation that comes with the arrival of spring. In the practice poses such as the Runner’s Lunge reflect a sense of being poised for action at the start of a race. The magic of leaves unfurling, blossoms opening, and the world waking up after its winter sleep is reflected in the flowing sequence of Child’s Pose into Upward-Facing Dog and back again. The exuberance of spring is expressed through poses such as Downward-Facing Dog with leg lifts. We choose the balancing pose Warrior 3 to mirror day and night being perfectly balanced at the equinox. Stabilizing poses such as Chair Pose help us stay grounded as the energy of the year revs up.
I found the affirmations in the practice therapeutic and perfect for aligning my intentions with the energy of the coming growing season. The three affirmations are:
Spring Equinox Yoga Practice Overview
1. Standing Like a Tree.
2. Warrior 1 × 6 on each side. On final time stay for a few breaths with arms raised.
3a. and 3b. Warrior 3 variation × 4 on each side. On final time stay for a few breaths. Affirmation: I create balance in my life.
4. Chair Pose. Stay a few breaths.
5. Cat to Cow Pose × 6.
6. Runner’s Lunge Pose. Stay for a few breaths. Affirmation: Inner wisdom guides my actions.
7. Downward-Facing Dog Pose with leg lifts × 4 on each side.
8. Child’s Pose to Upward-Facing Dog × 6. Affirmation: I open to new possibilities.
9. Child’s Pose or Knees-to-Chest Pose. Rest for a few breaths. If you are short of time, finish your practice here.
10. Calming Cloud Meditation
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