Early February. How does it feel to you?
Have you noticed the slightly longer daylight hours and a subtle but perceptible strengthening of the sun’s rays? Can you feel the sap rising?
2nd February (as well as being my birthday!) was the festival of Imbolc – in the ancient Celtic Wheel of the Year this marked the first day of spring.
A shift from the dark, cold, introspective energy of winter to the start of the growing season of spring.
A time to look outward and look forward.
This time of year is a perfect time to get outside and notice signs of the rising sap, the first shoots of spring and the lengthening daylight hours.
Nature is stirring.
2nd February is also the festival of the goddess Brigid – a fire goddess of inner strength and new beginnings.
So it’s also a wonderful time to reflect on what you would like to focus on in your life during this coming growing season. What new projects or goals would you like to put your energy into?
It’s also a time to consider what you need to let go of to allow this growth to happen.
In my yoga classes this week we interspersed our practice with some self-reflection questions, and we’re going to continue to focus on raising our own energy to harness the growing-season energies to focus on what is important to us and what we want in our lives.
I love how aligning our yoga practice to the shifting seasonal energies lifts us up out of daily life to enable us to connect to a higher wisdom; to a sense that all is unfolding as it should.
If you’d like to tap into this practice then here are a few things to try at home.
Early-Spring Yoga Practice
Stand in stillness, feet hip-width apart. Soften your knees. Allow your spine to gently lengthen up out of your pelvis. Relax your shoulders. Soften your face. Soften your gaze.
Breathe… Imagine roots bursting out through the soles of your feet into the strong, stable and nurturing earth.
Feel you can draw up strength, resilience and energy from the earth, up into your whole being.
Breathe deeply to feel strong and courageous and open to change.
This Dru Yoga sequence is a wonderful way to tap into the stirring and rising early-spring energy. Really feel your feet firm on the floor, rooted, as you push against the earth to rise up to the sky.
Follow my video:
Ground and let go.
Lie face down, legs and feet wide and let your heels turn in towards each other.
Rest your forehead on the backs of your hands. Breathe deeply.
Feel your abdomen pressing against the strong ground as you inhale, and relaxing as you exhale.
Simply rest on the ground and allow the anxiety, physical tension and busy thoughts to drain away down into the earth.
Early-Spring Meditation Questions
Now adopt a comfortable sitting position. You may want to have a notebook and pen nearby.
Close your eyes and spend a few minutes just focusing on your breath to begin to calm and quieten your mind and settle your body.
Place a hand on the centre of your chest to tap into the inner wisdom of your heart.
Ask yourself the following questions and patiently wait for answers to bubble up. Don’t vet or censor or judge the answers – let your soul’s voice whisper through.
- What is my focus for this coming season?
- What’s important to me? What are my priorities?
- What projects do I want to work on?
- What do I need to let go of? What do I need to sweep away to make space for focusing on my dreams? These may be attitudes, behaviours, material possessions, people…
Just ask and listen.
Finish by lifting your arms skywards and affirming: strength & courage flow through me.
And give yourself permission to grow.
And finally, let these words inspire you (from Still I Rise by Maya Angelou):
Just like moons and like suns, with the certainty of tides, just like hopes springing high, still I’ll rise.
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