The Rite of Spring ~ Pranayama & Yoga

Welcoming the March Equinox:

The Spring equinox will occur on March 20th 2010, marking the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere and fall in the southern hemisphere from an astronomical viewpoint.   So for those of us in the northern hemisphere who have endured a long winter season, here are some Pranayama exercises & a yoga sequence to help even out the hemispheres of your being.

Pranayama:

Alternate Nostril Breathing – Nadi Sodhana

This Pranayama exercise creates optimum functioning on either side of the brain.  It allows for more open flow of creativity and logical thinking.  This also creates a more balanced person, since both halves of the brain are functioning properly.

  • Begin in easy seat, Sukhasana or sit on the edge of a chair with your spine straight.
  • Place your left hand in gyan mudra (thumb and index finger joined, with the rest of the fingers outstretched).
  • With the right hand, use the thumb to close the right nostril. Breathe long and deep through the left nostril (4-8 seconds).
  • Place your right ring finger on the left nostril. Exhale completely through the right nostril.
  • Repeat this procedure for approximately three to five minutes, following the steps.  Each cycle inhale left, exhale right.

Asana Practice:

Spring Sun Salutations & Balancing

  • Begin your Spring awakening asana practice by doing 3-5 rounds of Sun Salutations.   Bring your awareness to rooting your feet into the ground as you reach up towards the Sun.
  • Just as the Spring brings growth and renewal we will practice personal growth & strength in Tree pose.   Again, focus on rooting firmly into the ground with your supporting leg as your body reaches upwards.  When you feel ready raise your arms up and out towards the sky.

 

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