March – Full Bloom by Emma Després
Hooray, Spring is in the air, so uplifting, I absolutely love this time of year as nature begins to awaken from its winter slumber and new life starts sprouting all over the place. What a joy already to see the beautiful daffodils brightening the landscape, let alone all the primroses and crocuses, what a magical world it is that we live in.
There is cause for further celebration this month as the sun crosses the plane of the equator on 20 March so that day and night will be of equal duration with daylight increasing thereafter right up until the summer Equinox in June. This is particularly exciting for those of us who love spending time in nature for it means we have more opportunity to do so – such a tonic for the soul.
Representing this return to the light –from darkness comes light – this month’s pose is Padmasana, Lotus pose. An archetypal pose, it is based on the lotus flower, which has its roots in the muddy waters but blooms above the water into a beautiful flower without becoming dirty. The mud which roots the Lotus flower is said to be symbolic of our attachments and desires, while the Lotus flower’s unfolding petals suggest the expansion of our soul.
This pose reminds us how something beautiful can emerge from something unpleasant. It is also symbolic of the yoga practitioner’s journey of transformation from ignorance to awakening. The Goddess of abundance and beauty, Lakshmi, chooses the Lotus flower as her throne reminding us that we can create beauty and abundance from any situation.
It is worth noting that Padmasana is often a challenging pose, tight hips and ankles can result in unnecessary strain on the knees so please practice with awareness and sensitivity remembering that all good things come to those who wait…a little like Spring, hoorah for changing seasons!!
Padmasana (Lotus pose)
- Calms the brain
- Stimulates the pelvis, spine, abdomen, and bladder
- Stretches the ankles and knees
- Eases menstrual discomfort and sciatica
- Consistent practice of this pose until late into pregnancy is said to help ease childbirth.
- Traditional texts say that Padmasana destroys all disease and awakens kundalini.
Contraindications and Cautions
- Ankle injury
- Knee injury
- Padmasana is considered to be an intermediate to advanced pose. Do not perform this pose without sufficient prior experience or unless you have the supervision of an experienced teacher.
Photography by Nick Despres, please see www.nickdespres.com