Can you feel it in the air? Spring! The promise of longer days, warmth and sunshine. The feeling that something magical is waiting just around the corner. The longing for adventure and an inner stirring that tells you to begin to uncover some of the dreams that you have hidden during the hibernating winter months. Today is the day a shift starts to happen, a symbolic day of change.
Spring Equinox, Ostara, Vernal Equinox, first day of spring, call it what you like! This is the time when day and night are equal length, everything perfectly poised in balance, just waiting to tip over into longer days, more sunshine and the growth of spring. It’s all about positive life changes, new beginnings and opportunities, initiating creative ventures, travel and clearing out what is no longer needed in your life. It is about planting seeds and watching them grow.
From my latest article for Do You Yoga here are five ways to work with this sparkly spring energy:
With all this fresh cleansing spring energy in the air this is the perfect time to spring clean your body, your mind, your emotions, and your home. Take a look around you at what is old and out-dated. What are you holding on to that you no longer need? What old beliefs and emotional ties hold you back? How can you make better nutritional choices to maintain optimal health? Feel as though you are starting anew as you simply let go of things that you no longer need and feel as though you are springing into spring with a fresh clean spring in your step
The astrological year begins on the equinox when the moon moves into Aries, and March was also the first month of the year in the Roman calendar, making it the perfect time to start over again. If you don’t feel that the year has quite brought you all that you had hoped for this is a great chance to ‘start over’. Where had you hoped to be by March? What hasn’t quite worked to plan and what can you do to bring change so you can move forwards? See this as a brand new spring filled new beginning that’s just bursting with new growth and life to help you move forwards towards where you want to be.
As the whole world around you is filled with fertile energy and growth you can tune into this energy to help you to grow your ideas, hopes and dreams. There is great power in intention, and remember that whatever you give your attention to will grow – see your intention like the planting of a seed and just as the world is growing grow some extra special seeds of your own. Decide what you want the spring season to bring for you and then set some intentions to help you get there. Create 3-5 affirmations and repeat them daily – make sure that they are in the present tense and only contain the positive outcome that you wish to see happen.
Day and night are of equal length on the Equinox so this is a great time to take a life review and make sure that you are as ‘in balance’ as nature is. How is your work/home life balance? Do you give too much energy away to people that are never there when you need the support in return? Do you allow yourself enough time out for you? Do you prioritise your needs as much as you do others needs? This is a great opportunity to take an honest look at all areas in your life and find as much balance as you can, so you can blossom and grow into a happier, healthier and more grounded and balanced you.
Just as nature is coming out of hibernation and shaking off winter so are we. With the lighter mornings and evenings start to move more, whether that is a yoga practice or just getting out into nature for a walk. Use this time to tune deeply into yourself and enjoy this sense of awakening, feel as though you are blowing off the cobwebs and emerging into the coming light. It’s time to come out of your winter hibernation and shine your light, no more hiding away or playing small – it’s time to be who your are and believe in who you are. So just as you awaken the physical you start to feel a sense of freedom and expansion in the inner you too, it’s time to burst back into life and spring into spring with your arms and heart wide open…
I hope you enjoy these ways to spring into the sparkly light filled spring energy. I’d love to hear all about your spring equinox experiences and your hopes and dreams for the following season.
You can also read much more about the Spring Equinox and many more ways to celebrate in my article for this month’s edition of Yoga Magazine.
If you’re keen to delve into the magical energies of the seasons even more you can join me in Ibiza on my Empower your Life yoga, ayurveda and nutrition retreat in June where we’ll be celebrating the energies of the summer solstice or the extra special Autumn Equinox Goddess retreat in September…