Spring... a time for new life, new beginnings and snow?! Ok so this spring hasn't been the sunniest of starts, however, we can still spring clean our lives and yoga practice in preparation for the season ahead.
As we step out from winter and ready ourselves for growth and budding new life, we have the opportunity to restore ourselves energetically. This yoga sequence is sure to put a spring in your step and support you to cleanse your mind, body and spirit.
Child's Pose is the ideal starting place for any new beginning. From a kneeling position, bring your big toes together and take your knees wider than your torso. Fold forward resting your forehead onto your mat. Relax your arms by your sides or extend them out ahead with your palms grounded into the earth. Lower your hips towards your heels as you exhale winter.
Close your eyes if this is comfortable for you and focus on setting an intention for yourself as you begin this new season. This may be to 'let go' of anything that has troubled you during the dark winter months, welcoming new light and life into your life. Stay in child's pose for 10 breaths or longer if you wish to.
Push upwards from child's pose into downward-facing dog. From here, step your right foot forward to meet your right hand and lower your left knee onto your mat. Inhale the spring air as you raise your arms above your head parallel with your ears. If it's accessible for you bring your palms together. Take 5 nourishing breaths here before returning to downward-facing dog and repeating on your left side.
From your downward-facing dog, step your right foot forward once more towards your right hand. You can either lower your left knee or remain on your left toes this time. As you inhale rise upwards as you did for Anjaneyasana and bring your hands into Anjali Mudra as you exhale. As you press your palms together at your heart centre, twist your torso toward your right thigh.
Place your bottom elbow to the outisde edge of your bent knee. This is a deeply detoxifying twist. Allow yourself 5 deep breaths in this posture and then return to downward facing dog, ready to repeat on your left side.
From your down dog, step your left foot forward first this time. Step your right foot forward a third of the way in. Straighten both legs and fold forward as you exhale. As you inhale, lift halfway keeping your spine long, take your drishti/gaze forward and bring your hands to your hips. Take a moment to pause as you exhale. As you next inhale lift your torso and left arm towards the sky.
Ground your right palm to the outside of your left foot onto a brick or your mat for support. Take 5 deep breaths here and transition though downward facing dog onto your other side.
From your down dog float forward into plank pose. Lower your forearms to the floor and align your elbows under your shoulders. For additional support you may want to interlace your fingers. Draw your chest forward and draw your shoulders back away from your ears. Inhale your navel to support your lower spine. Align your feet hip width apart and send your energy back towards your heels.
Keep your neck long in line with the rest of your spine and take 5 deep breaths. Press back up onto your hands and gently lower yourself onto your mat.
Rest your forehead into your mat to begin. Bring your big toes together and bend your knees. As you draw your heels toward your sitting bones, take hold of the outside edges of your ankles or lower shins. Roll your shoulders back away from your ears and as you inhale lift your chest upward away from your mat. Reach with the crown of your head towards the sky. Lift your knees up from your mat and press your shins towards the back of your mat. Take another 5 deep breaths here, inhaling and exhaling before lowering your knees, forehead and arms back down to the earth. Push back as you exhale into child's pose.