You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.― Pablo Neruda
Spring is just around the corner. The early blossom already fills the air with gorgeous scents; the snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils are coming up; the early morning is beginning to burst with birdsong... I even saw my first hedgehog earlier in the week!
Spring brings forth new life.
It is a time of transformation, renewal, growth.
There is more light, the days are getting longer. There is a sense of inspiration, possibility and aliveness.
Spring reminds us that everything begins again, there is always the opportunity to grow.
As we head in to this bright new season, I aim to take a look at things from a yoga perspective, and explore how we can nourish ourselves by tapping into the centring, grounding aspects of this season.
In our bodies, we are starting to revive and gear up after winter.
This is a great time to cleanse, to detoxify, to energise, and to transform.
In Ayurveda, the ancient sister science to yoga, health is determined by the balance between mind, body and the environment.
The 5 elements (ether, air, water, earth, fire) make up three main mind-body types - the doshas. As we move out of the Vata season, winter, and into the Spring season, Kapha, there are some special things we can do to look after ourselves.
The Sanskrit word kapha means ‘that which flourishes in water'.