The weather has been pretty powerful around here! The sudden onset of cold, overcast, rainy weather is telling me that autumn means business! Autumn is a time of transition as the weather cools, leaves turn, and days shorten. It's also the time of year when school starts, and families settle into a new routine after a summer of vacations and outdoor fun. During this time, you might notice personal transitions as well. It's important to stay in touch with how your feeling physically and mentally and to honor that in your practice.
For me, this means striking a balance between heat-building sequences to keep me energized and quieting down into some restorative postures to nurture my tired body. Round up some blankets and pillows for a juicy little restorative sequence!
Recharging Autumnal Practice
Start in Tadasana. Take a few breaths and allow your body and mind to open to possibilities. Cultivate an optimistic, accepting attitude in the face of change.
Go through 3 - 6 sun salutations, enough to get your body nice and warm and supple.
Transition from down-dog into Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (Pigeon), for the sheer delight of it.
Grab some blankets and set yourself in an easy Supta Virasana (Reclining Hero) for a few minutes.
Move your blanket pile in front of you and take a supported Balasana (Child's Pose) for even longer.
Move the pile behind you again and strap yourself into Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclining Bound Angle). Cover up with a blanket.
Stay as long as you like.
Come back up to a seat and sit for a few moments, savoring the feeling of a renewed body and spirit.