Spring Equinox and Yoga

Spring Equinox is celebrated as the first day of Spring, 20th March this year. Equinox astrologically is when the Sun crosses the panes of the Earth’s equator causing day and night to be of approximately equal duration all over the planet. This occurs twice each year, around 20 March and 23 September.
The swelling of the flower buds opening into a wonderful display of colours and scent are a clear sign that spring is here, their photoreceptors detect daylight and know it is now safe to re-grow. 
In the past the fertile Earth goddess Eostre was honoured at this time celebrating of new life and gestation, this remind me of the lambing season and how powerful is the beginning of a new life.
All of nature is showing signs of waking up after the Winter sleep and spring is the time of planting seeds, in the garden and in our life.
We can use the potential and fertility of this time of the year to create opportunities, make some changes and maybe take some risks. 
At the same time as re-birth, the equal day and night also shows a balance between opposite forces: light and dark, receptive and active, unconscious and conscious, inner and outer. Don’t let the excitement of new beginnings trow you out of balance, be balanced and empowered.

In Yoga this is the time to plant your seed of intention, your Salkalpa.
Spring clean your house and clear negative energy with  sound, a candles, frankincense and fresh air.  Spring clean of anything that doesn’t serve you, from possessions to thoughts and feelings and make space for new ones.
Yoga studios around the world celebrate spring with 101 sun salutation to connect Sun, Moon and Earth and the number 108 is considered sacred in Hinduism and Yoga.
The sun Salutation – Surya Namaskar is a good way to keep the body in shape and the mind calm and healthy.

Raffaella is a Ayurveda Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapy for Chronic back pain and sciatica, Thai Massage, Sound Healing and Reiki Master based in Guildford. She leads courses, workshops and CSBY classes and is Publisher of The Yoga Daily. Her holistic approach invites students to unite mind, body, and spirit.


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