Ease yourself into spring
Instead of leaping into spring… it is wiser to ease yourself into it. Winter is a time of hibernation, closing down, going inwards, while Spring is a new beginning, an opening, a connecting. This can be a shock to our systems, leaving us feeling sluggish and heavy. It is best to build heat in the body to shift the unwanted heaviness of winter away.
Ease the transition to Spring by creating sukha, which means “good space” or a general state of health and happiness. Creating sukha is especially important when you’re trying to wring out excess kapha, because it enables prana (vital energy) to move freely through your body. (The qualities of kapha, which is over stimulated in the winter months, appear in the forms of mucus in the lungs, lethargy and sleepiness, weight gain, slow digestion, and low energy.) Like wind moving clouds through the sky, prana propels kapha, so that fluids and phlegm move easily through the body. If you don’t create sukha, the flow of prana is restricted and contributes to dukha (bad space), sukha’s evil twin. Dukha represents misery of any kind and restricts or confuses the flow of kapha.
Useful Tip: During these intense movements, remember to preserve sukha. Don’t over contract your muscles or compromise your breath by transferring tension into your chest, shoulders, or neck—or you’ll risk creating even more kapha, which the body produces as an antidote to excessive muscular and nervous tension.
Here are 5 poses help to create Sukha and release Kapha:
Utkatasana (Chair Pose): Stay for 30 seconds to a minute. To come out of this pose straighten your knees with an inhalation, lifting strongly through the arms. Exhale and release into Tadasana.
Dhanurasana (Bow Pose): This backbend massages internal abdominal organs.
Trikonasana (Triangle Pose): This pose helps with slow digestions and opening of the lungs and chest to flow. It will also help strengthen your legs, back, and core muscles.
Sirasana (Headstand Pose): Doing a headstand allows the blood flow in the body to reverse, which helps flow, move and drain accumulated fluid in tired ankles and legs. Kapha tends to get stuck in the same places, which is why headstands shift kapha by offering a whole new perspective.
Vrksasana (Tree Pose): Standing on one leg in this pose helps balance the earth element of kapha. Try to turn your gaze upwards, inviting lightness into the posture.
We hope you enjoy these poses and they help you adjust your energies along with the seasons.