inside + out
it’s been a rough winter, friends. in the northeast we need more heat and sun, the west coasters need more rain. nature is trying to find a balance, just like humans do. when we fall out of that balance, things can tend to feel tumultuous - similar to the fires or draughts or storms that ensue in nature when the seasons are out of whack. luckily for us physical beings we have a bit more control over the choices we can make to find our own balance again - enter spring cleaning.
as some of you know, my friends michelle, megan and i are offering a fabulous spring tune up workshop in NYC next saturday march 15th, which got us talking about our own basic needs in transitioning from winter to spring. based on the techniques each of us seek - this is not your typical detox, and it is not strictly for this seasonal transition; we wanted to offer techniques and practices you can utilize year-round whenever you find yourself needing a reboot or refresher.
a yoga practice can help one clear out channels of the body through physical movement and create more space for energy, digestion, breath, etc to move more freely. along comes energy medicine, which literally helps us move that energy around/out of/into our body and gets rid of any nasty toxins hanging around in there. onward to the food we eat - recognizing the importance of what we put in our bodies, how it affects our mood and energy, and what we can do to crowd in the good stuff and toss the garbage. it’s like spring cleaning for your insides! ‘cause body and soul deserve a good rinse just as much as our closets, bathrooms, and cars/bikes, right?
for me personally, i need some energetic spring cleaning to turn my inner debbie-downer frown upside down. some of us may need to do a deep scrub of our organs due to food we over or under-indulged in, others may need more of a physical boost by clearing out lazy hibernation patterns [which is totally OK sometimes, especially this winter] or over-active habits.
*yoga always helps me wring out physical + mental junk
if you’re like me, you like your physical space to be super organized to accommodate for your brain being all over the place. or maybe you’re the opposite - mentally put together with a messy living space. perhaps you’re too much of one thing, such as hyper-organized with not enough physical or mental freedom, or vice versa. similar to our internal world, eventually something will happen to show us the imbalance in our personal circumstance, which is our body saying “stop ignoring the stuff that you don’t want to deal with, you are over-compensating by focusing all your energy on the stuff you feel comfortable with.” the stuff you feel comfortable with could be a pattern that you are scared to let go of, whether or not it is good for you. you get the picture.
a lesson here could be to stop, drop, and surrender. or maybe it’s to have a talk with someone you trust about how you want to move forward to create more balance, seek advice from a spiritual guide or mentor, find a practice or hobby that fulfills you - whatever you need to do to work toward compassionately balancing out your personal imbalances. yoga, energy medicine, and nutrition combined is a wellness trifecta that happens to work well for me in finding my own center.
whether or not you can make it to our workshop next saturday, i hope you will take some time to pause, listen to your body and brain, and treat yourself accordingly to whatever spring cleaning routine makes you feel more balanced.
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read the rest of my march newsletter for spring workshop + retreat details, a delicious anticipatory spring recipe, music, and more.