September is an introduction to fall with warm days, cooler nights and the leaves beginning to change color. Autumn brings our attention to the change of seasons and invites us to explore self-reflection, balance, comfort and letting go. This seems perfectly fitting that September is National Yoga Month and I invite you explore within yourself while on your mat through a variety of yoga both indoors and out - Sunday morning beach yoga, meditation, a vinyasa, restorative or barefoot bands yoga class.
Self-Reflection — This is your opportunity to slow down, find peace and calm your mind. This can be as simple as sitting still and focusing on your breath for a few minutes while clearing all thoughts from your mind. Close your eyes - take a deep breath in through your nose and focus on your chest lifting and expanding. Then slowly exhale – bringing your attention to the softening and settling of your chest. Repeat again and again with long slow breaths until you feel satisfied.
Balance — Fall is a time for balancing light and dark as the autumn days and nights are the same in length. Consider trying Tree Pose (Vrikshasana) beginning with your eyes open and visualize yourself as a tree – grounded, tall and strong. Shift your weight onto your right leg – lift your left leg and place the sole of your foot onto your inner right thigh. Push your hips forward so they become squared, expand your arms up as you breathe in and then, once balanced, try closing your eyes. Maybe you stay strong and tall or maybe you wobble or fall out – it’s all OK because this is representing your change. Reset and repeat on the other side.
Comfort — This is a safe place filled with forgiveness and love. Childs Pose (Balasana) is a resting pose that calms your mind, relieves tension and stress while stretching your hips, legs and brings relief to your lower back while including long slow breaths. Begin on your hands and knees, spread your knees wide and bring your big toes to touch. Bring your belly to rest between your thighs and extend your arms long in front of you on your mat. Stay and focus on your long flowing inhales and exhales.
Letting Go — I often say, “Let go of what no longer serves you.” This is a process of breathing in and out positive energy, love and kindness for ourselves. This can be as simple as letting go of a negative thought or grudge, forgiving someone, clearing up your clutter or being easier on yourself. “Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop.” -Rumi
May you be happy
May you be healthy
And may you live your life with ease.