(Editor’s Note: Connect with the vibrant energy of spring with Kundalini yoga. Nihal Singh shares several great kriyas from Kundalini yoga for the Spring Equinox.)
Spring Equinox arrives this Tuesday! Plants and animals alike are coming back to life as the days are getting a little longer. Many spiritual paths throughout the ages celebrated this time. This holi-day has been celebrated as a time of cleansing, fertility and rebirth.
During the Spring Equinox, the Celts in Europe celebrated the goddess, Eastre (aka Ostara). She is typically pictured carrying a rabbit and eggs which are symbols for fertility and birth. The Mayans in South America have also been known for their reverence of the equinox. In Mexico, they constructed the Temple of Kukulkan, which was designed in such a way so that only on the equinoxes the sun creates an image on the temple of a serpent. Snakes have long been a symbol of transformation and rebirth.
Spring Equinox has long been celebrated by our ancestors and this special time still carries a signiﬁcance today. As spring arrives, we awaken from our hibernation in winter to plant the seeds of our intentions for the year.
Spring Equinox is a great time to start a new kriya or meditation to take advantage of the energy of spring. Set your intentions that you want to plant in meditation and then ask to see the obstacles that stand in the way. Watch what comes up as you do your kriyas and meditations. Also remember the seeds will not grow when you dig them up to check if they are making progress. When we plant our seeds, we just need to remember to water daily (practice your personal Sadhana daily) and allow it to grow.
To create a foundation for change, we must ﬁrst do some ‘spring cleaning’ internally. Spring the time to clean out all that isn’t you and all that separates you from your destiny. Here are a few meditation and kriyas to help facilitate detoxiﬁcation and rebirth this spring:
Here is a great physical kriya for cleaning out the body:
Meditation is a great way to purify the psyche, here are a couple of great detoxing meditations:
Blue Light Meditation
Mahan Gyan Agni Pranayam
The Rebirthing Manual is an excellent resource ﬁlled with kriyas for cleaning the subconscious, dropping past memories and even removing fears from the womb. This is a great overall manual to practice kriyas for awakening into your authentic self. Try kriyas such as, “Renewed Self-Concept,” “Housecleaning I” or “Unloading the Subconscious.”
Also during this time you may want to consider going on a cleanse or fast. It is especially important to do this when you intend to consciously look at your obstacles. When many people do this they want to run away by partaking in unconscious activities such making poor food choices, abusing drugs or alcohol, etc. Practicing a cleanse or fast can help you navigate murky waters with both eyes open. To learn more about cleaning and different fasts that can be supportive to your intentions, check out Yogi Bhajan’s Food for Health and Healing.
Have a Happy Spring Equinox!