March has arrived! How are you feeling as we approach the Spring? Spring is a time for renewal and growth where we may feel a shift in energy as we move out of Winter. The official beginning of Spring is on Monday 20th March where the Spring Equinox occurs. This Equinox is where day and night have approximately the same length and the amount of time we have in daylight becomes longer. Spring Equinox this year is Monday 20th March 2023.
In traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Spring is a great time for changing old habits and forming new routines (TCM is a system of health which dates back to over 5,000 years old and focuses on approaches to medicine inspired by patterns in nature, acupuncture, herbal medicine, diet, movement, and manual therapy).
Here are some self-care tips for Spring!
1- Use of essential oils for Spring – scents which are fresher and more uplifting can be helpful to use to boost energy for the Spring. Combining a few oils to make a Spring blend is lovely! (A few drops of orange, peppermint and lemongrass together will give you a Spring in your step). Read more about essential oils for Spring here
2- Add in face yoga practice to your morning routine! As many of you know I love teaching face yoga – we don’t give enough attention to our face despite the face it is exposed to plenty of physical and emotional stimulus all day! Why not try my new 10 minute face yoga practice? Click here or below to access!
3. Join me for Yoga as we welcome in the Spring! Still feeling that energy lull from Winter? Why not join me on my Spring Equinox Wellness Workshop on Friday 17th March 6-8pm. This evening will help you recharge the batteries, relax and reawaken the body as we welcome in Spring.
This evening will include 🌺A hot drink on arrival
🌼An introduction to journalling and wellbeing for Spring Journalling is a great way to complement your yoga practice, allowing you to take time to reflect, pause and set intentions for the Spring ahead. New to journalling? This is the perfect place to start!
🌷Awakening Spring Yang to Yin yoga practice A yoga practice focused around releasing any anger and frustration as we move to our calmer yin practice to allow you to slow down and find stillness. This practice will help to replenish the energy levels that we often find dip when transitioning from Winter months. Suitable for everyone - no experience of yoga required
🌺Yoga Nidra guided relaxation An extended guided relaxation where you can allow your while body to relax and be guided through a relaxation. Leaving you feeling reset, reenergised and ready for the new season of Spring!
4- Cook with greens! Why not integrate more green vegetables and herbs into your cooking? Vegetables for Spring include asparagus, parsley, radish, cauliflower and green beans. Click here to see my quick Spring pasta recipe (takes only 20 minutes including prep time too!)
5- Listen to my spring inspired playlist! Why not listen whilst doing some gentle yoga, cleaning or walking! Click here
6- Podcast- If you are interested in food and diet this podcast is great – this one is about how diet affects our mental wellbeing. Click here
7. Get growing your greens! Late February to early March, start planting your cabbages, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, leeks, endive, escarole, fennel, lettuce, and artichokes indoors. Here’s some simple tips to get you started from the people who know how!
Wishing you a healthy and joyful Spring and look forward to welcoming you to yoga practice soon - with love