The equinox signifies a shift in the seasons where light and darkness are in balance. On the equinox; equi meaning equal and nox meaning night, the tilt of the Earth’s axis inclines neither towards nor away from the sun and so our day and night are equally balanced.
There is a soothing quality about the evenness of this day. It comes twice a year, once in spring and once here in autumn to signify the growing darkness ahead. This is a time for self-reflection, a pause in the rush of the year where new-year’s resolutions already seem too far gone to revive. On this day we can stop. Rest. Linger. Notice which parts of your life may be out of balance and use the equinox as a reminder to cultivate balance on every level of your being; emotional, physical and mental.
From the autumnal equinox on 20th March onward, the nights become gradually longer triggering a time for turning inward and self-reflection. Use this sequence as a ceremony; to mark the subtle shift in energy, to turn your attention inward and to find balance in all aspects of self.
Find a space where you will be undisturbed.
1. Stand in Samastitihi – equal standing. Samastitihi is an invitation to come to the present moment, to be here now. Take 5 breaths here and focus your attention on the connection of your body to the ground and to the vastness of the sky above you. Balanced.
2. Vrksasana – Tree pose. Come to a wall or have a sturdy chair nearby. Your standing leg will be closest to the wall as you lift your working leg into vrksasana. Keep your fingertips lightly touching the wall, opposite hand on your heart. Now close your eyes. See your internal vision become clearer as your external vision closes. Take 5 breaths focusing again on your connection to the ground and the sky above. Repeat on the other side.
3. Repeat #1 Samastitihi. Observe the differences and subtle shifts from your first 5 breaths here.
4. Find a comfortable seat and take 10 rounds of Nadi Shodhana Pranayama – alternate nostril breathing. This breathing practice helps to harmonise the two hemispheres of the brain, resulting in a balanced in physical, mental and emotional well-being.
5. Lay in savasana for as long as your day allows! Set a timer or let yourself drift into a sweet slumber.