The shift into Autumn brings windy, dry weather, falling leaves and a sense of movement - nature’s way of agitating our own, often already, agitated nature.
Yoga practices that ground and nurture us provide the perfect balance to the change of season. Patanjali, in his Yoga Sutras, recommends a state of “Sthira” (commitment and grounding) “Sukham” (ease and space) “Asanam” (our seat in the world). When we notice we’re ungrounded, agitated, we aim to slow down, strive less, take more time to notice ourselves and our place within the world around us.
We sit, stand or lie still for long enough to sense the stillness of the earth and how it offers a steady base from which to move gracefully upward and outward into the space around us. In class our poses connect us with the earth, like the roots of a tree, so that, just like the tree, we know when it’s time to gather energy back in by letting our leaves fall.
What habits could you let fall? Maybe, for example, complaining, beating yourself up, people pleasing, rushing – what are the habits you’d like to change?
Instead, to cultivate ease and quietness in our self, we track our behaviour, reactions, then, when we notice we’re complaining or beating ourselves up, we can make a choice to do something different – to give a compliment or positive word, to practice compassion – knowing we all mess up sometimes.
A Yoga practice for the Autumn becomes like closing the front door, drawing the curtains and sitting quietly by a warm fire. Time to go inside – in every sense.
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