SELF-CARE SUNDAY: SPRING
(PAST) SUNDAY 3RD MARCH
THE YOGA LIVING ROOM, STOKE NEWINGTON
“I am the Soul in the body, the Mind in the senses, the eagle among the birds, the lion among animals. Among all tress I am the sacred Bodhi tree, and of the seasons I am Spring.”
- Lord Krishna describing himself in The Bhagavad Gita
Many Eastern traditions consider Spring to be the King of all seasons: Mother Earth begins to wake up and sprout, energy starts to move upwards, flowers begin to bloom and a cornucopia of natural beauty unfolds around us. It is the season of celebration. As humans, we start to feel our energetic and creative forces strengthen again, making it the perfect time to integrate new rituals into our daily routine.
Our Western culture commonly associates Spring with change: we Spring-clean our homes, we donate or throw out the old and bring in the new, but we rarely use it as an opportunity to assess our own habits. The transitional qualities of Spring can be challenging, or even overwhelming, for our bodies - allergies, hay fever and Spring flus often take our immune system on a wild ride, potentially leaving us drained by the time Summer rolls around.
In this first workshop, that forms part of an ongoing series, I will draw upon traditional and contemporary approaches to preventative Self-care that are informed by my studies in Yoga, Breathwork, Meditation and Ayurveda. Each workshop will focus on highlighting the specific guidance for each season of the year, whilst also introducing you to practical tools of Self-care that can be practised throughout the entire year to maintain a healthy, supple and adaptable body and mind.
Yoga gives us an accessible way of looking after our physical body and leads us to the path of mental clarity that a regular meditation practice then expands into a permanent state of being. Yoga’s sister science, Ayurveda, then point us towards holistic and practical ways of nourishing our bodies from the inside out. Knowledge and study of these disciplines gives us tangible ways of taking care of ourselves, physically and mentally, allowing us to successfully navigate the constant fluctuations of modern-day living.
This Spring-centred workshop will cover:
The basics of Ayurveda
How to determine, understand and balance your Doshas
Advice on structuring your morning routine in a way that supports and fortifies your overall well-being
Abhyanga (Ayurvedic self-massage)
Season-specific food guidance
Adaptogens for better immune health
The workshop price includes an accompanying manual that contains all the information provided during the workshop, as well as some further reading and yoga sequences for a self-led home practice. Tea, water and healthy, homemade snacks will be provided.