You may have noticed I’ve really been encouraging you to relish every moment of your breath and yoga practice in my classes lately; making the movement from one asana to the next a journey of discovery. Ayurveda is the sister science to Yoga and within Ayurveda, Fall is part of the Vata season. This is the time when all of nature prepares for the Winter ahead. We can’t disregard the fact that we humans are natural beings too! With cool winds and leafs whirling around us, while our loved ones and media flutter about the holidays, it is important to start slowing down inside. Please be mindful of restorative and nurturing acts you can do to balance the flurry around you
- Get plenty of restful sleep
- Eat local and organic seasonal foods
- Make sure to get plenty of hydration
- Add or increase meditation to your daily Sadhana (“practice”)
- Make time for reflection to cultivate gratitude for the abundance and blessings you have in life
The next full moon is on October 18th, and will be very special with a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. With its approach, you may be feeling stronger and more energized than normal. This is even more of a reason to be mindful with over scheduling and taking care not to push yourself in your yoga practice. (In some traditions, it’s even recommended to fast, energetically unplug and skip your yoga practice altogether.) The full moon and the chaos of the season makes it more likely for you to stress your immune system or incur injury, so slowing life down a bit is a lovely gift to give yourself during this time.