Spring into Spring with a few simple changes. Spring is a time of change, a time of growth. One of my favourite quotes is shown above - "If you change nothing, nothing will change." And the biggest reminder of that is the changing of the seasons. With winter ending and spring arriving comes longer days, fuller trees, birds singing, new flowers and more happiness in general.
Notice the rhythm of these spring days and let them encourage you to develop your own rhythm in tune with the spring months. I suggest a daily ritual that you can keep up for the next month or two. So think about your schedule, your lifestyle and be honest with how much time you can dedicate to your new spring rhythm. Here's a couple things that might work for you;
- meditate every morning for 5 - 10 minutes - perform 5 sun salutations every day before breakfast - add a green smoothie to your breakfast each morning (I've included a recipe for a Spring Detox Smoothie below!) - read for 30 minutes before bed every night - go for a brisk 30 minute walk at lunch time
Of course, you'll definitely want to keep up with your in studio yoga practice. I was talking with a newer student this weekend and she mentioned the amazing changes she's experiencing in her body and practice after only a couple months at the studio. She attends classes a few times a weeks and knows that the routine of being in the studio and on her mat are making a positive change in her life.
With the sun rising earlier, maybe you'd like to get to one of our "Sunrise Yoga" classes at 6:30am? It's a great way to start your day every Monday with Jackee and Wednesday with Brittany.
If you want to kick it up a notch this spring, perhaps you can try one of my Fit Flow classes on Tuesdays at 6:30pm & Saturdays at 8:30am or Tim & Helena's Level 1/2 Classes on Mondays at 8pm. If you're looking to sweat & challenge yourself to grow - these are the classes for you.
Perhaps you'd like to welcome spring with a slower pace? Try Kiah's Slow Flow at 10am on Sunday mornings or Natalie's Gentle Class on Sunday nights at 8pm. Both of these classes are a great way to wind down from the week and recharge you for what's to come.
Let's embrace this spring with a beautiful spring yoga practice from one of my favourite online yoga resources - Ekhart Yoga. I love Esther and the knowledge she shares here in this video about how to transition from winter to spring with simple changes and a short practice.
If you love Esther like I do, please check out her website. www.EkhartYoga.com
SPRING DETOX SMOOTHIE A healthy smoothie full of naturally detoxifying veggies and fruit to help you feel great this spring.
INGREDIENTS: - 1 cup green tea, chilled - 1 cup loosely packed cilantro - 1 cup loosely packed organic baby kale (or another baby green) - 1 cup cucumber - 1 cup pineapple - juice of 1 lemon - 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated - ½ avocado
INSTRUCTIONS: Place everything in a blender and blend away! And here's the link to the recipe - just in case you want to make it again and again. http://helloglow.co/ spring-detox-green-smoothie/
Here's a picture of the lovely tulips growing in my garden. They remind me again of the transformations that happen in the spring. How new life appears, full of beauty and new opportunities. I hope as you spend more time on your mats, you begin to notice changes and transitions within yourself and within this amazing community at In Fine Feather Yoga.
Happy Spring and see you on your mats! xoxo Shelley