Yoga for Springtime

On the year I was born, my birthday was the first day of spring (March 22). This year, however, today is the first day of spring. And what a beautiful, glorious day it is. In honor of the beauty of the day and the season, this sequence should be done entirely outdoors, using the earth and nature as yoga props. If it’s daytime, log off, and get outside.

Yoga for Spring

Find a vista. Sit in a comfortable seated position overlooking the view. As you inhale imagine your body as a plant reaching towards the sky, and you exhale, grow roots deep into the earth below you. Eyes can either be closed or gently open. Repeat for 3-5 minutes, feeling both grounded and light.

  1. Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
  2. Vrksasana (Tree Pose). Repeat on other side, feeling feet planting firmly into the earth
  3. Tadasana, inhale raise arms above head
  4. Urdhva Hastasana (Upward Hand Pose)
  5. Kaliasana (Goddess Pose)
  6. Inhale to return to Urdhva Hastasana, exhale to Goddess. Continue until very warm
  7. Kaliasana. Hold for 3-5 breaths
  8. Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I)
  9. Inhale to come forward into Virabhadrasana III holding a tree for balance
  10. Standing splits, using tree to come deeper
  11. Virabhadrasana III
  12. Tadasana
  13. Repeat steps 8-12 on other side
  14. Utkatasana (Chair Pose), back against tree
  15. Uttanasana (Forward Fold)
  16. Ardha Uttanasana (Half Forward Fold), hands on low rock/boulder to stretch out back (like holding onto a table). Hold for 5-10 breaths
  17. Still holding rock with one hand, take other arm towards sky for gentle twist. Repeat in other direction.
  18. Uttanasana
  19. Low lunge
  20. Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon), balancing back leg on rock or pushing back foot into rock wall
  21. Virabhadrasana III
  22. Tadasana
  23. Urdhava Hastasana
  24. Repeat steps 18-23
  25. Handstand against a tree, hold for 1-3 minutes
  26. Padmasana or Ardha Padmasana (Lotus or Half Lotus). Enjoy seated meditation.

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