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Lean Into the Light: Rhythm + Ritual Through Yoga

Updated: Jul 15

Emerging from the restful depths of winter, it can often be challenging to attune our mind and body to the vibrancy of the spring season, much like a hibernating bear waking up from months of deep, dark slumber, it takes a little effort to shed the layers of winter.

In the dark months that preceded spring our body naturally produces more melatonin which increases our desire for sleep - this is our body's natural way of encouraging us to slow down, rest and regenerate, called the Circadian Rhythm. Most of us however are blissfully unaware of these powerful cycles taking place in nature (and ourselves) several times each year as we transition between the seasons.

The Spring Equinox is one of four seasonal shifts that takes place each and every year as we move from darkness of winter and into the light of spring. Historically this time of year has been celebrated through ritual and ceremony as it represents the time of year where night and day are equal and nature begins to come to life once again, as yoga practitioners we too celebrate rhythm + ritual through yoga.

We too can mirror the wisdom of Mother Earth; with the lightness of longer days, we too shed our skin, plant new seeds and embrace the vitality and vibrancy of this season of rebirth and reawakening. Our own internal landscape gently nudges us towards change and we naturally make efforts to cleanse and detoxify. Whether it's a new creative endeavour, or going gung-ho at the gym we can align ourselves in even the most subtle ways to make the most of this transformational time in nature.

For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.

~ Cynthia Occelli

Rhythm + Ritual Through Yoga

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