Since my last post, it seems like the world has woken up. Tree blossoms are popping all over the city and everyone's generally perkier. The most noticeable change for me is that it's still light out when I leave my evening yoga classes - gotta love that!
Last weekend, my boyfriend and two of my best friends came with me to Lorien Nemec Butler's Spring Awakening workshop at Charm City YogaWorks Midtown. We were celebrating my birthday a little bit early, and what better way than to combine it with music, yoga and meditation as we bid farewell to Old Man Winter?
For those of you who haven't been to a kirtan before, it's basically an old-school yoga dance party rife with musical instruments, call-and-response chants, and all-around fantastic vibes.
After Lorien's original musician fell seriously ill and could not make it to the event, she took matters into her own hands. She obtained a harmonium and figured out how to play it - then she got in touch with another kirtan artist, Adi-Aham (Adam Kandel.) He did a beautiful and inspiring performance and I'm excited to say my roommate and I went home with our own copy of his CD. (His album "Going Beyond" is available on iTunes if you're interested in adding some new tunes to your practice playlists.)
Naturally, during our spring-themed practice, plenty of vrksasana (tree pose) was rocked. Here are some of my other favorite springtime asana:
- Sasakasana (rabbit pose)
- Uttana shishosasana (extended puppy pose)
- Baby grasshopper pose - are we sensing a theme here?
- Ardha bhujangasana (baby cobra pose)
What's your favorite way to celebrate the onset of springtime?