the constancy of change and rebirth of spring

We just had Easter and I have come to realise that for me, it far outstrips Christmas as far as holidays go. This time of year brings lovely lambs, warmer weather (if we're lucky in Scotland- thankfully this year we are, yipee!) , pink blossoms burgeoning on the trees, not to mention some excellent sweet treats (vegan creme egg, anyone?) I inevitably started reflecting on why Easter is so much nicer - not only is it less In Your Face than Christmas and obviously has more pleasant weather.. but there is a deeper optimism at the heart of the holiday that celebrates the turning of the seasons, the greater scheme of the Natural order. the Wheel of the…

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Parkasana #2, late summer vibes

How lucky we were today to have a break from the Glasgow drizzle, so that we could have our last summer hurrah, 'parkasana', the yoga picnic.  https://youtu.be/fXjbY_UeLuk The last picnic we had was in the middle of July, spirits were high, we were jumping back from bakasana and leaping about all over the place! But late summer is a different pace. The days are getting shorter, the kids are already going back to school - it calls for a different kind of practice.  Clearly with energies slightly lower we want a less crazy vigorous practice, but there are other nice things that we can pay attention to.  In mid to late August we already start to see harvests…

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