Depending on where in the world you live, you’re likely mere hours away from the March Vernal Equinox, which is scheduled for 11:02 UTC (March 20). Technically there won’t actually be 12 hours each of light and darkness, though that’s the thought behind the vernal equinox.
What effect — if any — does this have on our yoga practice?
Depending on where you practice yoga, you may have a number of special classes devoted to the passing of the equinox. The passage of the spring vernal equinox is considered to be a time of renewal and rebirth, and it’s for this reason that many people — yogi and non-yogi alike — partake in cleansing practices.
I’ve decided to focus on twists, holds, and inversions to help me with my internal spring cleaning — physically and metaphysically speaking. Some staples will be:
Bharadvajasana I (Seated Spinal Twist): This twist is an excellent pose for stretching the spine, shoulders, and hips, while also massaging abdominal organs — improving digestion.
Salabhasana (Locust pose): This holding pose is an important component of any cleansing sequence — it energizes the body while relieving constipation and indigestion.
Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Dog pose): This inversion is simple enough for a beginner to do, but intermediate and advanced yogis can benefit immensely from its many benefits, including improving digestive functions, relieving headaches and fatigue (which can be common side effects of cleansing).
*thank you to YogaJournal online for its poses index — a wonderful resource!