The Noongar Season ‘Djilba’ is a transitional time of the year, with some very cold and clear days combining with warmer,rainy and windy days mixing with the occasional sunny day or two.
This is the start of the massive flowering explosion that happens in the South West. Beginning with the yellow flowering plants such as the acacias.
Traditionally, the main food sources included many of the land-based grazing animals including the yongar (kangaroo), the waitj (emu) and the koomal (possum).
As the days start to warm up, we start to see and hear the first of the newborns with their proud parents out and about providing them with food, guiding them through foraging tasks and protecting their family units from much bigger animals, including people!
The woodland birds are still nest bound, hence the swooping protective behaviour of the koolbardi (magpie), djidi djidi (willy wag tails) and chuck-a-luck (wattle birds).
As the season progresses and the temperatures continue to rise, the flower stalks of the balgas (Grass Trees) emerge in preparation for the coming Kambarang season.
Mindfully moving into Djilba
To help you and your friends transition into Djilba, we’ve shared a gentle ‘transition’ breath as well as a yoga shape to mindfully move into the new season. Please remember to always listen to your body and take it slow. One breath at a time.
Cues: when you are ready…
- Let’s find a mindful standing or sitting position.
- Breathing in, reaching our arms out wide to the sides and up tall above our heads. Like a rainbow.
- Palms touch together at the top (you can clap if you like).
- Breathing out, moving our hands together down to our hearts.
- Offer your students the option to say hello to the sun and to the earth while doing this exercise to show respect and appreciation for the beautiful land we live in.
- Integrate the Aboriginal name for the land upon which you’re learning together. This could be a beautiful accompanying movement to your morning Acknowledgement to Country.
Cues: when you are ready...
- Stand tall with a mindful, straight spine.
- Let’s breathe out, moving our hips back and bending our knees. Imagine we are sitting on invisible chairs!
- Let’s breathe in, stretching our arms up towards the sky.
- Stretching our spines, squeezing our bellies.
- Allowing our shoulders to drop away from our ears.
- Let’s take a few deep breaths. Let’s try to sink a little deeper for just two breaths.
- Let’s breathe out together, coming back to standing tall.
- Increases stamina, stability and strength
- Strengthens the legs, spine and core muscles
- Stretches the shoulders and chest.
- Stimulates and energises the body
- Increases concentration
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Enjoy Djilba! One breath at a time.
Your Yogazeit Team
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