Change: The Powerful Way We Can Embrace It
by Emily Kane, E-RYT500, Owner of Yogacara Whistler and Co-Lead Teacher Trainer
There’s nothing like fall to remind us that change is in the air. The air is crisper, the leaves change colour and we’re left to reflect on how this shift affects us in other aspects of our lives. Ayurveda is widely known as yoga’s sister science; in this system, there are multiple constitutions originating from different elements. Fall is recognized as the “vata” season which is made up of air and ether. This is evident in the cooler, dryer, windy and unpredictable conditions that dominate the autumn months. So how can change be embraced during this time of transition?
Change Your Yoga Practice
Accept that you will have different needs based on the change in seasons. How does your body feel? The shift into fall can change your physical, mental and emotional well-being. If you feel scattered, rushed, or flustered, find balance with a slow, grounding yoga practice. Focus on a creating a solid foundation through your feet and legs while developing a meditative state of mind. This can be done through breath awareness, mantra (silent or not), and a variety of other techniques to improve concentration while calming a busy mind. Finding ways to develop stillness on and off your mat can help anyone who is seeking balance, especially during transition.
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