A yoga practice is a personal journey that is ever evolving based on personal preferences, level of practice, future goals, climate and seasonal environment.
The first step to preparing for changes that come with a new season is to analyze your current practice level determine what your future goals are. To do this first ask yourself a few questions:
How do I want to feel in the coming season?
What are my natural physical tendencies in the coming season?
What are my natural emotional tendencies in the coming season?
What am I willing to commit to?
Winter yoga should be calming, warming, grounding, strengthening, and routine while spring yoga should be energizing, heating, expressive, stimulating and varied. Moving between the two can be challenging, Once you have an idea of where you are, where you want your practice to go, and what you are willing to do to get there, use the following guidelines to move forward into a successful, renewing, spring practice.
Transitioning From Winter (Vata season) to Spring (Kapha season)
Add in some or all of the following:
Backbends - Heart opening poses - Inversions - Twists - Gazing upward -
Lengthening - Expansion - Increasing heart rate - Including variation in movement - Expressing yourself in practice - Adding pranayama (breath) practice.
Follow your instincts and tune in to your mental, physical, and emotional self and try to bring synchronization between them and the natural world around us,
Start by making small shifts in your current practice, incorporating each change on a gradual basis while listening to your body to see what works for your personal practice.
Remember to take time each day to notice the effects of changes on your mind, body, and total experience.
Further guidance on bringing change to your yoga practice, setting up a personalized practice or general yoga guidance can be obtained by contacting Libby with In The Hills.