Yoga to celebrate Imbolc 2021
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Wheel of the year is an endless source of inspiration for me. To celebrate the sabbaths according to the wheel helps me understand my own cycles and rhythm.
Imbolc (Candlemas) is the first Spring festival and marks the beginning of the season. It is traditionally celebrated on the 1st of February. Mother Earth might appear asleep, but look closely and you will notice the stirring of life - buds on tree branches, pregnant sheep and even primroses and snowdrops. This is a sure sign that Spring is well on its way. Warmer, better days are coming.
It is time to celebrate! Fertility (crops, land, cattle), hope, new life - Imbolc represents new beginnings. Mother Earth is pregnant and expecting - isn't it an exciting time?
What this means for us? Slowly wake up from your Winter slumber, shake off the old and welcome the new!
How to celebrate Imbolc ritual in 2021?
- Move your body! Stir energy within with yoga practice. Close your session with a calming guided meditation.
- Go for a nature walk observing the signs of Spring
- Plan your garden - the work begins shortly.
- Drink Imbolc tea - brew lavender, add a few drops of vanilla extract, honey, a sprinkle of cinnamon and a dash of milk to prepare the traditional Imbolc tea.
- Declutter your home. Get rid of all things you don't need from your wardrobe, shelves - taking precious space and gathering dust.
Light a candle to honour the sun. Try our aromatherapy lavender candle enriched with essential oil.
I must be honest with you - Imbolc is one of my absolute favourite sabbaths. Everything feels energised, rejuvenated, ready to grow. The symbols of Imbolc are beautiful:
- White and yellow colours
- Snowdrops, primroses and daffodils
- Burrowing animals
- Lambs and sheep
- Candles to honour the sun
- Rosemary, cinnamon, lavender, milk, honey
I love decorating my home for Imbolc!
Hip openers and heart openers are the first poses that came to my mind. Through hip openers we honour the fertility of Mother Nature. Heart opening poses are a good way to soften the shields we often build around ourselves and welcome the inevitable changes in our lives.