What Can We Expect From The Spring Equinox?
Spring equinox, also known as the March or Vernal equinox is just around the corner. Finally, we get to say goodbye to pumpkin spiced lattes, leafy orange hues and the abundance of wooly jumpers and welcome the arrival of long sultry summer evenings with open arms. The Spring equinox is a time of rebirth and reconnection, a perfect opportunity to purify and replenish our bodies, welcoming new beginnings and balance. This year, the Spring Equinox will take place on Tuesday, March 20th and will officially mark the beginning of Spring.
LET'S GET TECHNICAL
During the Spring equinox, the night and day are nearly exactly the same length –12 hours – all over the world. The word equinox in Latin literally means 'equal night' (equi – equal, and nox – night). The Spring equinox marks the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator – the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth's equator - from south to north. We use the equinox to mark the change of seasons, as the balance of light shifts to make for longer days or nights. The longer days bring with them warmer weather; trees are budding, and plants are beginning a new cycle of growth.
It is not uncommon over winter to feel inclined to hibernate. The ever infringing darkness and cold air make it easy to stay indoors and pump up the 'hygge' factor to 100. This is Mother Nature’s way of letting us know that it is time to slow down and get some much-needed respite. With limited sunlight and an expected cut back in physical activity, it is no wonder our bodies and minds are feeling a little unbalanced. Nature is telling us to get back outside, feel that sweet sunshine radiating down on our faces and take a few deep breaths. Day and night are now equal, poised and balanced. Let us attune our bodies once again with nature and restore an equal balance within the air that takes on the scent of freshly turned soil and emerging green buds of the trees. Spring is a time of awakening, of healing and renewal, of the dawning and planting of new ideas.
THINGS TO DO
A yoga retreat is the perfect way to unplug from your regular routine and take time out to nourish your mind, body and soul. A retreat gives you the space to refresh, rejuvenate, reboot and rewire. We have found possibly the most idyllic place on earth to do just this. Sacred Space Studios are running 3 different retreats this month, located on the pristine Caribbean shore of Tayrona National Park, nestled in the foothills of the sacred mountain range of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia. This is an optimum time to rebalance and reconnect with yourself just in time for summer. For more information and bookings please email Emma Landolt: firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT TO EAT
Arguments in favour of seasonal eating go way beyond flavour, it’s also better value and a whole lot better for the planet. To make the most of springtime seasonal British produce we are throwing spring greens into our salads, blending up rhubarb into delicious smoothies and wild-foraging chickweed for home-made pesto. Spring is also the time to enjoy juicy peas, broad beans, succulent spring lamb and the ever elusive British asparagus. We especially love this Super Green Spring Salad by Jessica Koslow, in her words it really is ‘spring on a plate’. Check out her book ‘Everything I Want to Eat’ for more delicious recipes.