Floral aromas in the air, birds singing and the sun’s restorative warmth… our favourite season (and consequently spring yoga) is back! Here, we get to shake off the density of winter and embrace this new season of renewal, activity, expansion and growth. A time of new beginnings (and healthy habits), we get to clean out that which no longer serves us.
Spring is also the perfect season to rejuvenate our bodies and minds through yoga. As the days grow longer and the temperatures rise, it’s time to shed winter lethargy, and embrace the dynamism of spring. Below, we’ll explore a few of our favourite spring yoga poses – to help you align with this vibrant season, and to leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated.
Spring Yoga Flow:
1. Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
Simple but effective, you can begin your spring yoga practice with Mountain Pose. Stand tall with your feet hip-width apart, shoulders relaxed, and arms at your sides. Close your eyes, take deep breaths, and visualise yourself rooted to the earth. This pose helps you establish a strong foundation, promoting a sense of stability and balance as you welcome the changes of spring.*
*Optional: Salutations (Surya Namaskar)
A glorious start to any morning, Surya Namaskar involves a series of dynamic poses that warm the body and allow us to connect with the rising sun. This sequence combines the elements of air and fire which, according to Ayurveda, encourage the balance and vitality of spring. As you flow through this sequence, focus on your breath, and embrace the waves of newfound energy. Sun Salutations can be a full practice on their own, or incorporated into a longer flow, like this one.
2. Tree Pose (Vrikshasana)
As trees begin to blossom in spring, you can mirror their growth with Tree Pose. Stand on one leg, place the sole of your foot against your inner thigh, and balance with your hands at your heart center. Feel the gentle sway, like a tree in the breeze, and notice the grounding effect this pose brings.
3. Camel Pose (Ustrasana)
Open your heart and expand your chest with Camel Pose. Kneel on the mat, place your hands on your lower back, and gently arch backward, offering your heart to the sky. This pose encourages a sense of openness and vulnerability, perfect for shedding the protective layers of winter.
4. Butterfly Pose (Baddha Konasana)
Embrace the flexibility and fluidity of spring with Butterfly Pose. Sit with your feet together and knees bent outward, resembling butterfly wings. Gently flap your knees up and down while breathing deeply. This pose opens your hips and symbolises the transformation that comes with the changing seasons.
5. Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)
Bridge Pose helps bridge the gap between the hibernation of winter and the revitalisation of spring. Lie on your back, bend your knees, and lift your hips toward the sky. This simple-but-mighty pose strengthens your back and rejuvenates your spine, preparing your body for the increased activity of the season. Feel free to use a bolster or block for extra support, as pictured below.
6. Child’s Pose (Balasana)
Finish your spring yoga session with Child’s Pose, a resting position that allows you to surrender and reflect on your practice. Kneel on the mat, touch your big toes together, and sit back on your heels while extending your arms forward. Breathe deeply and feel your tension melt away.
As nature awakens and the world around us bursts into colour, take the time to sync your own body and mind with the fresh currents. Remember, these poses are just a starting poin! Feel free to create your own sequence that speaks to you and your unique needs during this season of renewal.
Whether you’re looking to increase flexibility, find balance, or simply connect with the changing world, yoga can be a powerful tool to help you embrace the beauty and vitality of spring. So, roll out your mat, step into the sunlight, and let your practice bloom alongside the flowers…
P.S For more yoga, nature and spring goodness – why not join us on retreat?
Nisha is a freelance writer and Vedic astrologer, based in the magical Byron Hinterlands. As well as running her candle business, her life and loves involve: yoga, gardening and all things esoteric. You’ll find her out in nature, or curled up at home with a good book. Happy Buddha is one of her most treasured places on earth (and indeed where she met her fiancé!).