Welcoming the Sun!
Welcome, Spring! After the many grey, dreary months of winter, we New Englanders are now experiencing the blessing of the sun's rays once again. The air becomes warmer, the sky bluer, and we begin to see the annual revitalization of the landscape. Trees and grasses turn green seemingly overnight, flowers bloom, and we, too, are inspired to rise, turn our faces skyward, and unfurl our own bodies in recognition of this great awakening.
Sun Salutations are an excellent practice to greet the warmer days. If winter has left us feeling rajasic (think cabin fever, impatience to get outside, or the sudden motivation to take on a new project), we can practice Sun Salutations to burn excess energy; re-establish the link between body, mind, and breath; and work through chattering thoughts to find greater clarity and purpose.
With awareness and intention, Sun Salutations (like all yoga practices) can serve a vital role in bringing us toward sattva: that state of balance, clarity, and harmony where we experience greatest peace and function most efficiently.
Springtime in New England is a great time to gather, celebrate the life that is blossoming all around us, and re-awaken our bodies, minds, and community!