By Kate Burne, a Semperviva Yoga Teacher Training student @kate_burne
Here in Vancouver we recently turned the clocks forward, an official indication that Spring is just around the corner. Not that you’d be able to tell by looking out the window! Born and raised in South Africa, I have a very deep appreciation for sunshine and warm temperatures, and a very real lack of a sense of humor when Mother Nature doesn’t stick to the schedule.
Nevertheless, Spring is on its way and as always will bring with it longer days, patio brunches, streets lined with cherry blossoms, spring cleaning, to-do lists, quarter year resolutions, and paths packed with runners and bikers. (Oh! Vancouver and your runners and bikers. Where do they all go in the Winter?)
The world over, Spring has never been a season to go by unnoticed. Unlike Fall, it does not slowly sneak up on you, seeing you add one layer at a time until one day you’re in your Winter coat wondering how you got there. (Just me?) No, when it comes to Spring, we are ready and waiting at the first hint of a bulb on a tree or something (anything!) green in nature. It’s the season of fresh air, spring-cleaning, and decluttering, and this is true of both our physical homes and our personal lives.
At this time of year I am reminded of the last of the yamas, aparigraha. Loosely translated, aparigraha is “greedless-ness” or “non-hoarding”, and it refers to non-attachment – both to physical things and to our thoughts and emotional baggage. It is the process of letting go of that which doesn’t serve us anymore. Closely wrapped up in the concept of aparigraha is the notion of making space for the new. Spring is often considered the season of growth, renewal, rebirth, new beginnings, and unbridled optimism and enthusiasm. It’s a time for personal growth and development – whether big or small.
Ultimately, Spring is about opportunity. It’s a time to explore and develop the qualities of courage, complete optimism and self-confidence. It’s a time for taking chances, trying something new, exploring, developing, growing, achieving, and ultimately flourishing – whatever this may mean for you. Your greatest strength is your ability to simply try, and there’s no better time than right now. Semperviva offers a springtime 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program that provides the perfect opportunity for exploring and developing both yourself and your personal yoga practice.
As the days grow longer and warmer, look in amazement at the world around you as it changes so rapidly, preparing for a new beginning. And capture and cultivate that sense of freshness and renewal within your own life. “Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” – (Goethe)
If you’re interested in finding out more about Semperviva’s Springtime 200 hour YTT program, click here.