Spring Clean Your Soul

Three Ways to Find Self-Love; Enter the Spring Feeling Happy, Healthy, and Whole! 

Spring is coming! Finally, right?!? Spring is wonderful because it allows for us to do a self-love re-birth. While many people make New Year’s resolutions, I personally find that spring is the best time to spring-clean the soul and set new intentions for the coming months and weeks.

Here’s how to let go the winter blues and open yourself up to a bountiful springtime!

1. Grab that Journal!

It’s time to start your emotional engine with my favorite writing exercise. You will need an old-fashioned piece of paper and a pen.

Here’s what to do:

  • Write down EVERYTHING that makes you grumpy or unhappy. Keep writing until you have written everything possible about your grumpiness and have exhausted the topic. Don’t stop until you have filled at least a page!
  • Start a new page. This time write down EVERYTHING that makes you happy. Keep writing everything that makes you happy until you have a list that it is at least a full page long–preferably at least three.
  • Read over both sets of pages and feel whatever comes up. The good, the bad, the ridiculous, maybe even the sublime.
  • Go back to the list that makes you happy. Circle at least THREE THINGS you can do in the next week from your happy list. If you can’t actually accomplish them, find three baby steps to help you get there!

The trick: write down those three happy things somewhere else! Now, put those happy goals somewhere you will see every day! I like to put them on my fridge. But you could put it as a reminder on your phone, on your computer, on your bathroom mirror, your steering wheel. Just put it somewhere obvious. And then make sure to make them a reality during the week! And then maybe go back and repeat the entire process next week! :) Feel free to comment below with your goals to help keep you accountable!

2. Lotus Mudra

When it comes to leaving behind the winter blues and entering the spring with compassion, joy, and self-love, I believe in practicing lotus mudra paired with a brief self-meditation.

Here’s the skinny:

  • The Lotus Mudra belongs to your heart center and symbolizes pure love, affection, communication, and connection.
  • This mudra manifests prosperity, health, compassion, joy, affection, and love.

tiny-devotions-mala-beadsHere’s how to do it:

  • Bring your hands together at heart center so that the outer sides of your pinky fingers and thumbs touch.
  • Create a basket shape with your hands by opening the fingers wide but maintaining the contact of the thumb and pinky fingers.
  • Close the eyes. Focus your mind on your intentions from your happy list (above). Stay for several breaths and focus on the feeling in your hands. Let the heart open. And let the entire mind, body, and soul prepare to great love, kindness, and happiness this spring!

3. Open Your Heart

We’ve journaled, we’ve meditated. Now it’s time to let that heart open on the yoga mat!

Practice your favorite heart-opener. It could be a supported back-bend. It could be baby cobra. It could be camel. It could be bow. It could be…. The list goes on.

My favorite is the rockstar pose! (Also commonly referred to as “wild thing!”)

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Find your backbend, breathe into your heart, call to mind your happy moments and goals from journaling. Shake of the winter and anything else you need to let go of. Let in the joy, happiness, success, and great abundance of the spring!

If you’d like to share your backbend on Instagram, be sure to tag us and use #bohodaily and #passlove so that we can see your posts and cheer you on!

Did I miss anything? How do you like to spring clean your soul? Let us know in the comments below!

All photos by Ashlee Hamon Photography.

Written by Lora Hogan. Lora is a yoga teacher, motivational speaker, and author provides yoga for runners, athletes and everyBODY. Founder of #PassLove, Lora also lectures on improving your wellness business, finding and living your passion, and self-love. Lora wants to challenge your body, connect you to the present, and promote self-esteem and compassion on and off the yoga mat! Lora’s yoga classes and workshops nationwide include Lora Love Flows, Yoga for Athletes, and Yoga for everyBODY. She believes that yoga is for everyBODY and loves sharing yoga with people who say they can’t “touch their toes”– as well as those yoga pretzels! 😉 Find Lora’s website and blog here, or find her on Instagram and Facebook here and here.

 

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  1. Thanks so much for having me! :)

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