5 Spring-Inspired Yoga Poses
Ah, spring! The welcome change of season brings with it lighter and longer days, new life, and the excitement of a fresh start. With the new scents and brighter days, you may even notice a spring in your step!
Use these poses to prepare for springtime outdoor adventures like riding your bike, hiking to check out blooming wildflowers, and spending your day planting in your garden.
Child’s Pose (Balasana)
As you bow forward in this gentle hip and back stretch, imagine yourself as a small seed. This pose is beneficial for considering what intentions you’re planting this season.
In the book, You Can Heal Your Life, author Louise L. Hay reminds us, “The soil you plant in is your subconscious mind. The seed is the new affirmation. The whole new experience is in this tiny seed. You water it with affirmations. You let the sunshine of positive thoughts beam on it. You weed the garden by pulling out negative thoughts that come up…Then you watch it grow and become your desire in manifestation.”
- Come to your knees.
- Bring your big toes together behind you.
- Widen your knees as much as is comfortable.
- Send your hips back toward your heels.
- Reach your arms forward and rest your head on the ground or on a block.
- Hold for 10 to 15 breaths.
Squat Pose (Malasana)
The Squat Pose opens your hips and stretches your legs. This deep stretch is beneficial for bending down while playing with youngsters, crouching to work in the garden, and keeping mobility for using the toilet as your body ages. Imagine yourself as a tiny, green sprout reaching your small leaves toward the sunlight. Reach for your highest goals!
- Stand with your feet as wide as your hips.
- Turn your toes slightly out and your heels slightly in.
- Bend your knees as deeply as you can to squat down.
- Bring your palms together and press your elbows against your inner thighs.
- Move your shoulders down away from your ears and lift your chest toward your thumbs.
- Stay for three to five breaths.
- For a supported version, sit up on a block or bolster.
- For knee injuries, widen your feet and don’t bend very low.
- Roll up the edge of your mat or a blanket to step on if your heels pick up when you squat.
Seated Spinal Twist (Marichyasana)
Strengthen your spine and increase your range of motion by twisting. This seated twist is beneficial in practical preparation for looking over your shoulder as you merge while riding a bike or driving. Imagine that you’re wringing out the old patterns that no longer serve you as they once did. Symbolically turn in a new direction toward your biggest dreams!