"How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days."
- John Burroughs
ASANA FOCUS FOR THE SEASON:
GROUNDING & BALANCE
Autumn is a time of transformation. Practicing Yoga during the Autumn months presents an opportunity to improve balance and increase the meditative qualities in asana (posture) practice, particularly during transitions between postures.
Transitions between postures is a time where the attention tends to wonder. Mindfulness and a steady drishti (gazing point) during transitions will lead to a sense of grounding and stability that will help balance the changing energy of the Fall season.
Autumn is also the time of year to bring more consistency into your practice. Create a practice schedule you can adhere to, preferably the same time each day. Even 20 minutes of dedicated, focused practice time will have a lasting positive effect on the mind. Set boundaries around your practice time and make it a priority to maintain them, regardless of the length of practice. Do not allow distractions such as phones, internet and 'to-do' lists to interfere.
Start your practice each day with a moment or two of stillness. Patiently sit in a comfortable, seated position while holding a steady drishti for ten deep breaths. Carry this level of attention to your regular posture practice, during both the static holding of each posture and the dynamic transitions between postures.
Asana practices during the Fall months should emphasize standing and balance postures. Stimulate the root chakra to encourage a sense of grounding with postures such as such a trikonasnana (triangle), vrksasana (tree), and garudasna (eagle). Bring the qualities of grounding, mental focus and consistency to the forefront of your practice to steady the mind and body during the beautiful Autumn season.