Yogic Significance of the Equinox

On March 20-21, 2019 we experience an Equinox. On the days of the equinox – one in March and another in September – the sun is in perfect alignment with the equator. That means the sun’s influences upon the earth is in equilibrium. For living beings, this day is significant – for if we can align to this planetary equilibrium – it becomes easier to bring balance within our bodies.

Sun and Moon, light and dark, masculine and feminine are the dualities that pervade our thoughts – the equinox is a period most suitable for transcending this duality.

From an Indian psycho–spiritual tradition, the equinox is seen as the day when Shiva – the transformative energy of the universe – is personified as Ardhanari. Shiva is depicted as half woman and half man, because everything is in balance during an equinox.

Yoga and The Equinox

In the yogic tradition, the equinox is the period when one has the highest possibility of transcending limitations – both mental and physical.

This is the day when the two fundamental forces within each of us- the sympathetic and parasympathetic physiological functions are are able to achieve harmony – homeostasis. These forces are referred to in Yogic texts as – Ida and Pingala or Shiva and Shakti. Due to the electromagnetic currents on the earth during the equinox – our bodies are able to easily achieve harmony and strength if we are able to connect to the earth. Recent research reported by the Guardian shows that humans are able to perceive the magnetic north pole and almost intuitively navigate their way around the planet. Some are better able at using this skill than others. But it can be learned.

Yogic Practices to Achieve Balance During the Equinox

Practice 108 Sun Salutations or Surya Namaskar sequences during the Equinox sunrise. This helps strengthen one mentally and physically, while the heat generated during this practice is thought to burn away limiting thoughts and beliefs. I shall be live streaming our 108 Sun Saluations on Thursday 21 March 2019. Please do join us on our live event between 6-7am, UK time on March 21, 2019.

A Detox Program or Spring Clean is also initiated on this day. This cleanse may last 7 – 21 days depending on your bodies needs. It is ideal to consult with an Ayurvedic Practitioner or suitably trained person to develop a diet plan most suitable for you.

For more information on Ayurveda Detox – click here.

Dr Nitasha Buldeo is an Integrated Medical Practitioner, Entrepreneur, Scientist and Yogi. She created  I-Yoga & Organic Apoteke and is Director of the Centre for Exceptional Human Performance. She researches human potential and delivers programs that encourage you to live exceptionally. Nitasha believes that every one of us is striving to be the best we can. Her passion is bringing you experiences that inspire you. Her intention is for you to unlock your genius.

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