The sun is entering Aries this week, precisely Thursday March 19th. This day is also the spring equinox, which is one of the two days a year when light and darkness are in balance. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, the Ram, bringing a courageous, adventurous energy which is eager to lead and embark in new beginnings.
There are quite a few shifts of energy this week, which may feel as if we were being pulled in two opposing directions:
Mercury moves back from forward thinking Aquarius to emotional Pisces, which may make communications a bit muddy
On Saturday March 21st Saturn moves from traditional, old-school Capricorn to forward thinking, futurist Aquarius, marking the first Saturn return for Millenials born between 1990-1992
Mars, also in Capricorn, makes two conjunctions this week with very different energies: a very positive, expanding, Mars-Jupiter conjunction on Friday (Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system), and later on Sunday, a difficult Mars-Pluto meeting bringing friction and power struggles. Maybe it is a good idea to stay at home on Sunday!
Imbolc celebrates the re-emergence of the life force, the re-awakening of the Earth as the Sun’s energy starts to increase. With Imbolc, meaning ‘in the belly’, starts the period of incubation after conception. It is the moment when the kundalini serpent raises up through the spine in sacred and sexual union in which the self merges with the infinite.
There is a lot of second chakra, Svadhisthana, energy in this period – our pelvis and sexual organs, our intuition flowing with the water element, the return of emotional Pisces towards the end of the month. It is important to check now for any old debris which may still be lingering around in the form of patterns or conditionings which we no longer need and are stopping us from stepping ahead into the new. By clearing our space we welcome the new! This is a fantastic time to start bringing your plans to life, start ‘cooking’ and rooting stuff.
This week’s yoga
This week’s yoga will be flowing like the water element, reinforcing Svadhisthana through asana and pranayama. Preparing the grounds for what is coming to flourish in a healthy and fertile soil. Focusing on what is really important to us through meditation.
Monday: 7:30pm – Level 1 Beginners Yoga
Tuesday: 7pm – Level 2 Improvers Yoga
Wednesday: 8:30am – Pranayama and Meditation 10am – Community Yoga
As the summer keeps fading away and we find ourselves walking towards the winter it is hard not to look back to warmer, sunnier days. Although Autumn starts to shine its beautiful colours, this is the season of change, and change always carries some sort of discomfort. As our energy starts to decrease due to less natural light and our immune system trying to keep up with the seasonal changes, our responsibilities increase as we go back to our routines, back to work, school or back to the place which we associate with our everyday life.
The ancient science of Ayurveda, links the season of Autumn to the Vata dosha. Vata is the movement dosha, whenever there is change there is a Vata imbalance. Vata is governed by three qualities: cold, dry and light. In order to balance an excess Vata, we need to change our routine / diet to help us feel warmer, more moist and a little heavier as we prepare for the cold. Simple. Where do we start? Read below.
Get more sleep. Now that the days are getting shorter it is a good time to start going to bed a little earlier. Do this in stages, perhaps 15 mins earlier each day until you find a time that suits you. This way you’ll be more likely to stick to it. Wake up earlier also, if possible, just before sunrise to slowly get ready for your day.
Slow down and declutter Take more time to do things and spend some time reviewing goals and decluttering your space. Think simple, clean and warm. Keep your pace steady though, find a pace which suits you and avoid overexerting yourself.
Simple diet changes Think adding warmness, moisture and a little heaviness into your diet and avoiding / reducing foods which dry you out and overstimulate you, such as popcorn and coffee. Increase your intake of good oils, liquids in general, avocados, ginger and warming spices, grounding root vegetables (including onion and garlic), seasonal greens and fruits and add some good oils / dressings when eating raw salads.
Slow and steady yoga practice with longer warm up sequences for colder and dryer muscles. The goal to slowly increase our Pitta (fire dosha) without injury while maintaining a good level of Kapha (earth, grounding dosha). Keep your practice steady by finding a realistic routine you can stick to.
Prepare yourself to avoid seasonal colds Increase your zinc intake. I use the liquid form as then I know when I need to take it – if it tastes metallic to me, then I know I need it and when I cannot taste it anymore I know I am okay. You can also lubricate your nostrils with sesame oil and / or do nasal rinses to avoid dryness.
Start your day with meditation Even if it is just for 5 minutes. Sit in stillness in however position is comfortable for you. This will help you start your day feeling grounded and you will find focusing on tasks becomes easier.
This week’s Yoga
This week I will be teaching a slow, warming, steady practice at Upper Hocking Hall, Whittington Park Community Association:
Wednesday 7pm – Open Level
Saturday 11 am – Open Level
Please get in touch to book your mat 🙂
The most important event this week is the full moon in Pisces during the early hours of September 14th. If full moons are culminations in themselves, a full moon on the last sign of the zodiac, Pisces, is the culmination of culminations. Pisces is ruled by Neptune and the theme in which this full moon will ‘illuminate’ or give clarity is to do with our dreams or illusions.
Last week, I talked about embodying and showing up with the sun in Virgo energy. This moon wants to show us what is real and what is an illusion. Are you showing up to make your dreams happen? Use the energy of the current stellium in Virgo to ground your dreams, or to ‘be real’ and come to terms with the fact that those dreams are just illusions and will never materialise. The answer is within you and how much you want to show up and ‘be’ your dreams. Use the days around the full moon to tune in and check for old conditionings which may be stopping you from embodying your dreams.
The Neptune / Pisces energy is a double edged sword and you want to stay in the right side of this – the dream big, no limits quality. Tune into the Virgo energy whenever you feel you are being pulled to the other side of Neptune – the side of delusions – so you can stay grounded. Jupiter is still in Sagittarius, and everything Jupiter touches expands so… stay focused!
I am looking forward to seeing some of you on the mat tonight or some other time soon!