Falling into Autumn

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.

๐˜–๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ in calming the qualities of excess Vata within our body-heart-mind fields.

๐Ÿคฒ๐Ÿฝ We develop the awareness of ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ง๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฑ, 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 ๐Ÿ‚

๐Ÿ ๐˜ผ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง๐™ž๐™จ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐˜ผ๐™ช๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™ข๐™ฃ ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™–๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™˜๐™š ๐™๐™–๐™จ ๐™Ÿ๐™ช๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™—๐™š๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™ช๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™ค๐™–๐™™๐™š๐™™ ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™Š๐™ฃ-๐˜ฟ๐™š๐™ข๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™‘๐™ž๐™™๐™š๐™ค ๐˜พ๐™ก๐™–๐™จ๐™จ ๐™‡๐™ž๐™—๐™ง๐™–๐™ง๐™ฎ :


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From my softening heart,

Ruth x ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ•Š

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Acknowledgement of Country by Jonathan Hill, a poet living in NSW.

Today we stand in footsteps millennia old. May we acknowledge the traditional owners whose cultures and customs have nurtured, and continue to nurture, this land, since men and women awoke from the great dream. We honour the presence of these ancestors who reside in the imagination of this land and whose irrepressible spirituality flows through all creation.


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