Yoga Sequence for Spring EquinoxAyurveda tells us that spring is the kapha time of year, and carries the corresponding elements and qualities. Just as you change the types of clothes you wear based on the weather change, you can also change the type of yoga you practice. To combat the heavy, moist, and stable qualities of kapha, this yoga sequence for spring equinox will focus on light movement and invigorating poses to help you cleanse your body for the new season ahead. For more tips during the spring equinox, check out kapha season and tips for balancing kapha. Try this yoga sequence in the morning between 6a and 10a to best align with nature.
- Standing mountain pose
- Neck rolls, shoulder rolls, and arm rotations
- Hip circles in both directions
- Knee circles in both directions
- Sun Salutation A x3
- Sun Salutation B x3
- Crescent lunge
- Warrior 2
- Extended side angle
- Reverse Warrior
- Tree pose
- Airplane pose
- Warrior 3
- Standing splits
- Standing forward fold
- Boat pose
- Seated spinal twist
- Reverse table-top
- Easy pose + breath of fire (details below)
Pranayama for Spring EquinoxKapalabhati pranayama, also known as breath of fire, is a potent breathing exercise to cleanse congestion, stale thoughts, and excess kapha. It is the perfect breathing practice for the spring equinox to clear out the old and make room for the new. The benefits of kapalbhati or breath of fire pranayama are great during kapha season as it ignites the body and creates heat. Breath of fire pranayama also preserves the beauty and restores youth when practiced regularly with your yoga practice. For more on breathing exercises, discover pranayama benefits and why you should practice everyday. To practice:
- Sit up tall and lengthen your spine. Create space between your navel and your heart.
- Start with gentle belly breathing. Close your eyes, place your hands on your belly and check in with the nature of your breath.
- Breathe in and out through your nose. Imagine your belly filling up with air like a balloon on the inhale, and softly use your abdominal muscles to push the air out during the exhale.
- Start to shorten your breath. Pumping your navel up and in on each exhale.
- Try to equalize the inhale and exhale in strength and length.