Here is a guest post by: Melina Meza. She shares with us some ideas on the best ways to change and adjust your yoga practice and diet to accommodate the Spring Season.

Although some parts of the nation are still blanketed in snow, spring has actually officially shown up! It’s time to think about shifting your diet and yoga practice to enhance the season.

Yoga for Spring

Lighten your load

It makes good sense that many of us are drawn to the concept of cleaning and removing this time of year-it’s time to lighten our load. Spring is truly a time to GROW and it’s difficult to thrive if you feel weighted down by your inner or outer world. In order to feel your finest, possibly a little clean is in order to get rid of any additional winter weight, family clutter, or material possessions that keep you in the previous or limit your freedom in the minute.

Here are a couple of diet plan adaptations that’ll certainly help prepare your body and mind for spring:

  • Decrease heavy, oily, cold, fatty foods.
  • Increase spicy, bitter, and astringent foods (arugula, mustard environment-friendlies, kale, strawberries, blueberries, and sprouts).
  • Increase your vitamin, nutrient and chlorophyll consumption with early dark green vegetables and sprouts.
  • In general, consume light and eat regional.

Spring cleaning through asana

Over the cold weather, we recommend practicing yoga sequences that highlight Sun Salutations to promote flow, additional twists to enhance metabolic fire, and vibrant forward and backbends to tonify the kidneys and urinary bladder, which manage water in the body along with our feelings.

Now that winter season has passed, it’s time to begin sending some TLC to the liver and gallbladder, which might’ve been working overtime throughout the winter season with diet plans heavy in fat, protein, caffeine, liquor or sugar. Spring invites cleansing the liver and gallbladder, which do lots of valuable things for our wellness including: filtering contaminants from the external environment and food, helping in the metabolism of carbs, fat, and protein, assisting to break down fats in the body, and processing our anger. These organs tend to get overwhelmed in the winter season with extra mingling, big meals, lowered workout, and insufficient rest.

In concerns to asana, the inner legs and external leg lines correlate to the meridian lines that feed into the liver (inner legs) and gallbladder (outer legs). Spring is a good time to deepen your relationship to poses such as Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (pigeon), Garudasana (eagle), Prasaritta Padottanasana, broad leg forward bends and Gomukasana (cow face), as these positions assistance you connect to and activate the liver and gallbladder meridians.

Following are two asana series particularly geared for spring.

Yin / corrective course series for spring:

Lying on your back:

Supta Baddha Konasana, Pleased Infant Pose, Wide Leg Splits (while supported by the floor) Easy Twist with bent legs, ‘Thread the Needle’

On the knees or seated:

Wide Leg Youngster’s Pose, Sphinx, Pigeon, Ardha Matysendrasana, Gomukasana, Upavista Konasana, Padmasana

Seasonal Vinyasa Yoga Spring class sequence:

Supta Baddha Konasana, Delighted Child Pose, Wide Leg Split, Supta Padangusthasana (standard and twist), Abdominal work with Twists, Abdominal deal with legs in Garudasana, Lion’s Breath, Fire Hydrant, Spinal Rolls, Uddiyana Bandha, Agni Sara Sun Salutes with Salabhasana, Squats, Surya Namaskar B, Garudasana, Prasaritta Padottanasana Series, Sirsasana, Bakasana, Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (pigeon), Gomukasana, Double Pigeon, Pursvottanasana, Mayurasana (peacock), Bharadvajasana, Maha Mudra, Janu Sirsasana, Setu Bandha, Halasana with Padmasana … finishing presents.

Melina Meza, BS Nutrition, 500-RYT, has actually been discovering the art and science of yoga and nutrition for over 16 years. She incorporates her understanding of Hatha Yoga, Ayurveda, entire foods nutrition and healthy living into an unique design called Seasonal Vinyasa Yoga. Melina’s Seasonal Vinyasa Yoga classes, workshops and DVDs emphasize the recovering teachings of the ancient yogis and inspires students to adjust their asana practice, diet and way of life regimens to much better harmonize with the seasonal changes occurring in nature.

Melina is the lead educator at Seattle’s 8 Limbs Yoga Centers and is also the author of Art of Sequencing an ingenious book that includes 34 special yoga sequences and over 1,500 pictures providing innovative motivation for seasoned yoga educators as well as fresh training concepts to jump start a home practice. More info about Melina and her providings can be discovered at www.melinameza.com.