I, like you, love this time of year.
It delights my senses. I make the dog wait while I collect jewel-toned leaves. I pause to listen to the gusting wind and honking geese. I bake a LOT: sweet, warm apple and berry-filled desserts. I may occasionally buy pumpkin spice candles. (NOT COFFEE, though. Mess with my coffee at your own peril.) I build fires to enjoy both their warmth and aroma. I usually don’t mind when the kids roll in piles of damp leaves.
The seasons alter not only our earth, but also our own selves. Moisture levels in the body decrease. Relaxation is affected. Digestion is compromised. You may notice that your skin becomes dry and cracked. Levels of nervousness and anxiety can increase. Insomnia worsens. Digestion becomes sluggish.
At the same time, though, creativity, communication and emotional expression have the potential to improve!
Ignore the patterns of nature and pay the price! This year, choose to honor them instead. It’s effective and enjoyable.
The shift to colder, drier weather is particularly disruptive to people with a predominantly vata (air/space-like) constitution. Such folks tend to be angular, thin, quick thinking and constantly on the move. If this sounds like you, read on!
A few ideas:
Concentrate on the stabilizing, grounding, downward pull of the abdomen, pelvis, hips, legs and feet. Use the out-breath to settle, slow and calm yourself.
In Ayurveda, the sister science to yoga, this downward spiraling, inward, centripetal force is called apana vayu. Get to know it! Apana vayu connects you to the earth and keeps you steady on your feet.
Start the autumn well, and you’ll enter the holidays season renewed and replenished, with a deep reserve of energy.
Let the patterns of your yoga practice spill over into other areas of life. You and your loved ones will benefit, big time!