AURORA WEEK FOUR: AIR ELEMENT

This Week’s Class

In This Week’s Course:

  • Blow Away The Cobwebs
  • Breathe In The New
  • Keep It Fresh and Embrace Spring

Blow Away The Cobwebs:

So last week we started burning away all the old, and this week it is time to welcome in the new freshness of Spring.

It’s funny how all these old sayings start to make more sense as we really start to understand their meaning.

This was a term I often remember hearing when Mum was trying to persuade us all the go out for a walk after Sunday lunch or after a period of over-indulgence, and it does make sense.

Getting out into the fresh air is a great way to clear away the last of that winter debris, not just out of the body, but out of the mind.

In Yoga and Ayurveda, we use the breath to clear the head. Pranayama (breathing techniques) are used to clear the energy channels, and in particular, when we clear the lungs, we clear the mind.

This is an interesting short video which explains the element of Air.

Once of the most powerful techniques I have learned over the past year is the Wim Hof Method. Wim Hof is also known as the Ice Man and he has completed many heroic record-breaking endurance feats through the techniques he developed, which are very similarto many of the techniques we use in yoga.

I have given a beginner’s variation of his breathing technique in this week’s class. If you want to really understand how it works, then here is the man himself to explain. He also has guided breathing exercises online you can follow.

Breathe In The New

Can you feel Spring in the air yet?

It’s coming!

Just as we breathe in fresh air into the lungs, we maybe spring clean the house, it makes space for the new.

The new and uncertain can sometimes feel a little uncomfortable, but really, if you think about it, feeling a bit scared is often the same sensation in the body as feeling excited.

I’mnot talking about that real primal fear when we are in danger, but that “butterflies in the stomach” feeling when we are about to embark on something new and exciting.

This is the element of Air in Springtime. The wind comes along and it forces us to adjust the sails and perhaps head off into new unchartered territory.

This is when it is important to stay grounded. When we are grounded we can weather these winds of change and we can stay safe by being mindful of what is happening in any moment.

Think about a tree, and how it’s trunk and it’s roots help it stay anchored in one place, but the branches are flexible enough to move with the wind.

However, often the body tells us when we are too stuck, and this often manifests itself in back and hip pain. It could be that something has to shift.

What is your body trying to tell you at the moment?

Let this advice from a tree help you…

Keep It Fresh And Embrace Spring

If you can this week, get out and take a long walk, prefereably by the sea, and really focus on breathing in the salty sea air. Allow the salt to cleansee your lungs, and as you feel the lungs clear, notice how that clears the mind too.

Try to keep your mind open as you are walking and rather than focuaing on problem-solving, going through what’s happened in the past, or even about what’s ahead, but imagine your mind clearing as you walk.

Walk as if your feet are kissing the Earth”

Thich Naht Hahn

Focus on your feet first, then your breathing, and then just notice all the beauty and magic around you in nature.

When you see something, even as simple as a bird swooping down onto the water, say to yourself, in your head, or out loud:

“Life Is Magic!”

When you get back, write down any ideas you had whilst out walking, and be inspired to try something new this Spring, and watch how this boosts your energy even more.