Spring Balance calls for us to GROW, while in contrast, Winter balance called for us to FLOW.

Through Winter we aimed to manage how + when we spent our energy. We recharged and went with the flow without resistance in maximum ease + minimum effort. This process is a valuable introspective time to build a better relationship with our FEARS and build SELF ESTEEM. To identify better WITH ourselves, ACCEPT ourselves so we can be better at BEING ourselves.  The more familiar we are with ourselves (physically, mentally and emotionally) the less affected we are by the external factors that pull us and shake us off balance.

If we have used our Winter wisely and aligned to the slow and soothing rhythm and pace of Winter, we may by March and April feel recharged and driven to improve ourselves, change our habits, start new projects and make personal goals to shift up the gears for the year ahead! (See more about Winter balance, reflection, self inquiry and meditation in the BLOG)

Spring energy brings with it an uprising that requires us to move beyond our comforts and reach beyond our pre-conceived limitations with renewed hope + imagination. Spring Balance meets this upsurge in energy purposefully determined and with conscious intention.

But before setting intentions it’s important to consider – What is the purpose of Yoga?

It’s is a means to help us better know ourselves – to better know our gifts, our talents, our purpose, our dharma, our vision, our intuition, our fears, our passions our significance – so that we can be at Peace with ourselves, Peace with each other and at Peace with the world around us. Through our yoga practice, we learn that we are already rooted with the wisdom, strength and insight to flow and grow with our best selves.

“I am rooted But I flow” 

Virginia Woolf

This is my mantra for Spring.  With my mountain mind I relate to this – ‘I am rooted but I flow’.

This mantra helps me to remember to commit to a core intention (Sankalpa) underpinned with personal integrity. From that foundation more specific intentions and choices can develop and grow as high and wide as our mountain horizons.

So don’t rush into goal setting and making specific resolutions – first make a Sankalpa with an aim that drives you towards personal integrity + inner peace rather than outward achievements and material desires.

Sankalpa

“Sankalpa” is the sanskrit word for a determined promise or vow to do or become something purposeful or worthwhile.

It takes the form of a short positive statement or affirmation in the present tense – It is a catch phrase that highlights what’s most important to you or reflects what you want to stand for or the general shift needed to enable your inner peace. The statement should be one that supports our authenticity, integrity, core values, health & survival, passions, hearts longings and our unique personal gifts. From this Sankalpa statement, more specific goals + intentions will grow.

So Make a meaningful Sankalpa in the form of a statement or a mantra or a catch phrase. 

Make a statement that reflects the overall feeling or change that you want to bring to life.

Write it down and stick it around your home as reminders.

Say it to yourself on waking, before sleeping, during yoga, meditation and relaxation to imprint them in your subconscious.

Attune to how you want to grow or what qualities you want to enhance.

If this kind of intuitive wisdom is a little too profound or far reaching for you, it can be helpful to take insights from your winter reflections and self inquiry to help you understand what core intention you want to create. Or [perhaps ask yourself:

What recurring behaviours, emotions or thought patterns have emerged on or off the mat in the past few months?

What insight, ideas or motivations arose from the winter season?

Are there recurring feelings, thoughts or emotions that may point to what you want or need?

Are there recurring feelings, thoughts or emotions or a sense of knowing as to what’s holding you back from aligning with your core values?

If you are still unsure of a purposeful Sankalpa and nothing intuitive is coming to you, here’s some examples to help prompt an intuitive response in you:

‘I respect myself and care for my health + happiness’ This is a great one if you have bad habits or excess weight to lose – rather than saying ‘I will quit [xyz]’ the Sankalpa drives healthier choices and more peace with ourselves

‘I am patient’

‘I am trusting – I let life unfold’ This is a great one if you know you have issues around not being in control, or inability to process worries & anxiety for the future.

‘I’m open to learn new things’

‘I am proactive and seize the opportunity to act’ This is a great one if you feel left behind or lacking in self esteem.

‘I listen’

‘Everything I do, I do it with a kind heart’ This is great if you feel you could benefit from being more patient, tolerant, forgiving or if you’re feeling upset, hurt or angry and it overwhelms you.

‘I am brave + courageous’

‘I am compassionate to myself + others’

‘My true nature is happy + joyful’

‘I am enough’

Namaste x

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