There are a number of traps we can easily fall into in the Spring as well as ways to avoid falling into these.
In fact, you can turn what would otherwise be a problem to your advantage if you know how.
Interested in knowing more?
The most common trap of Spring is getting caught by the spirit of new and increased activity without having any focus or stability to channel this coherently in any way. Kind of like being a teenager full of restless energy but without anywhere useful to put it. Hence in Spring we can easily spin off in all different directions and end up fragmented and frazzled. Just like the chicken with its head chopped off, there is a whole lot of activity going on but not much to show for it once the dust settles. Eventually this burst of energy passes and the opportunity of Spring has passed us by as we settle into the heat of Summer.
The solution to this is to focus on what is most important and to have a clear vision to guide you – both signs of a healthy liver according to traditional Chinese medicine.
Even worse than this fruitless busy-ness, though, is when we become disoriented, anxious and unstable. We can become so overwhelmed by the rising energy that we are at risk of spinning out altogether!
Do you feel like your head is spinning? Too many things going on up there without the corresponding ability to get them out of your head and into the world?
The need here is to build a stable foundation, a grounded stability that makes it safe and balanced to embrace the lightness and expansion of the season. This can be done by yoga, meditation, diet or even through goal setting exercises and action planning.
Another issue that can arise at this time of year is if we fail to recognise the change of season and do not adjust to it in time. Because the weather can be erratic – from cold to hot and back again – the body needs to be very adaptable in Spring otherwise issues arise. If we continue to eat, sleep and live as if we were still in the cold, contracted energy of Winter we risk becoming stuck with excessive heat and heaviness in our bodies. Then when a hot day does hit we suffer tremendously. Spring fevers, headaches, colds and flus, even breathing and heart problems can strike as the body struggles to throw off the congestion caused by a combination of heavy animal products in the diet and sedentary lifestyles.
Instead, what works well is if we lighten up our food and get our bodies moving. Eat lots of fresh vegetables, lightly steamed, and get up and out into the day earlier. Yoga and breathing exercises to improve flexibility, lightness and expansive qualities whilst still staying grounded can make a tremendous difference as the weather fluctuates.
With a clear vision and direction we are able to channel the new lightness and expansiveness of Spring in a positive and eventually fruitful direction. Let you dreams and ideas flow freely at this time. Try and catch the best of them by writing them down and taking the first baby steps. Don’t worry about trying to make it all happen in a day, a start in the right direction is all you need at this time of year.
You’re invited to our Spring workshop!
I’m delighted to announce that my long-time yoga teacher, Andzej, and I will be co-teaching a Spring-themed workshop called ‘Leap into Life’ on Sunday September 30 at Qi Yoga and Health here in Freshwater on Sydney’s beautiful Northern Beaches.
Yoga, meditation, personal goal-setting, shiatsu, food lecture – plus a special guest didgeridoo sound healing!
Andzej Gospodarczyk is the foremost pioneer of meridian-based Yoga and Zen Shiatsu here in Australia since 1982. He is an absolute master yoga teacher and if you’ve never been to one of his classes you’ll find them like nothing you’ve ever done before.
Book your ticket now so you don’t miss out!