I live in Michigan, and spring had a pretty slow start here. As soon as the snow melted, I could feel a strong drive to spend time outside and get my hands dirty by tending to my neglected garden. Feeling the actual soil under my fingers feels meditative and grounding, I like it a lot. What I don’t like is how stiff and contracted my body feels when I get up after 2-3 hours of crouching down.
The practice below helps me feel tall and loose again; it specifically targets the back, neck, hips and knees, and helps the joints regain their mobility and stability. I prefer to do the practice outside right after my gardening session; it feels great to breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the sight of bright green sprouts poking through the ground. The first pose in the practice is also useful before you begin gardening; it helps warm up all the key areas. Give it a try and let me know what you think!
Yoga for gardening