It is without a doubt that the season of fall is my favorite time of year! It probably is for many, especially here in Georgia, just for the hope of some cooler weather.
I wrote a blog about the Fall on the old blogspot years ago. I cut and paste it here today for a re-read! Enjoy!
Yoga in Fall
Fall is a necessary time of seeming death and decay for some (leaves, plants, insects, etc.) and preparing for dormancy by others ( bears, snakes, etc.). The natural world has beautiful ebbs and flows between seasons all necessary for growth, renewal, survival, thriving...
We (people) though, with our rational brains/minds, are often too busy to Really observe the seasons on a deeper level besides noticing a change in the weather. Our rational, thinking sides are a beautiful thing, truly (and perhaps more on that in another letter) and yet we are also part of the natural world. Therefore, it would be beneficial for us to take time to participate in the natural world on a level closer to the trees and other animals.
Enter, Yoga in Full in the Fall.
While on your mat, set your intention towards deeper ideas. Take the example of the idea of death. Like leaves on a tree. The tree is inevitably shedding what is no longer needed in order to prepare for new growth after a time of rest, dormancy. What might we shed through a form of "death"? It could be letting go of ideas and/or concepts that no longer serve us, forgiveness towards some one or some situation or towards oneself, etc. Leading us to sit for a time, perhaps just the time spent on your mat With no replacement idea or concept to fill in the old ones you've released. Just rest (or lie dormant).
We are then allowing space for growth...a place for different, hopefully more enlightened ideas and concepts to come in.
Remember, practicing yoga a lot of the time focuses mostly on asana (pose) and pranayama (breath) such that you may find in a class. This is good! However, yoga most certainly also offers moments with deep breaths, quiet contemplation, meditation, prayer, and can carry into more daily mindful conversation, diet, health etc. Albeit, when we first begin yoga, these Yoga in Full practices are easiest on the mat often with a guide. In time, they translate off the mat into our worlds- our walks of life.
Come practice Yoga this Fall in Full with us at LIBY. Or, where ever you feel is most beneficial. Just practice.