Our practice provides a space to create balance within. From a yogic perspective, this season invites us to draw our energy inwards, to prepare for the inward retreat, to rest, reflect and return home to our body-heart wisdom.
Ayurveda (the sister science to yoga, the science of healing body and mind) teaches us that Vata is the predominant dosha of Autumn. This dosha is made up of the two elemental qualities of Air and Space. We see and feel this in the atmosphere outside, with more erratic weather, sometimes dry and windy days. This can be reflected through our own state of mind and our nervous system; we may tend to feel scattered, ungrounded and like our energy is dispersed outwardly at this time.
Autumn has us to focusing more on the organs of the lungs and large intestine, and we're encouraged to breathe in ways where we consciously expand our lung capacity and establish a state of inner balance.
Therefore, our asanas (postures) will move towards the intention of opening the heart, chest cavity whilst also gently massaging the large intestine. Our pranayama (breath practices) such as nadi shodhana (alternate nostril breath) and equal ratio breathing assist to stabilise the flow of Prana (life force) through our bodies.
𝘖𝘶𝘳 𝘱𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘴 𝘢 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘰𝘯 in calming the qualities of excess Vata within our body-heart-mind fields.
🤲🏽 We develop the awareness of 𝘴𝘰𝘧𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘨𝘳𝘪𝘱, cultivating the skills to hold ourselves and life with open hands rather than clenched fists, making space for the letting in and letting through; and when we are ready, the letting go 🍂
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From my softening heart,
Ruth x 🙏🏽🕊