Living in Harmony with the Fall Season
By Melina Meza • October 19th, 2012 • 4054 Views
With fall’s arrival, it’s an excellent opportunity to make some lifestyle adjustments that honor the changes occurring out in nature. A few examples include: going to bed a little bit earlier each night, slowing down and doing less activity in general, wearing warmer clothes and scarves, saying yes to creative projects and hot baths, strengthening your digestive fire with warm soupy foods, and detoxifying your organs with a simple whole food diet and herbs before the onset of winter. Each will hopefully help you connect to nature’s rhythm and bring nourishment to you and your family.
Living in harmony with nature is what Seasonal Vinyasa Yoga is all about. This means you learn to see and embrace the changing world around you in all its seasons, ages, and states, including suffering and destruction, as well as joy and renewal. Since we are part of nature, we have the opportunity to be graceful and let the seasons flow. We can do this without clinging or grasping, despite our preferences for certain seasons, those times of year that resonate with our core elements and make us feel more like ourselves. And yet, developing equanimity and contentment with all seasons—regardless of dosha, or where you live—is essential to well-being.
Now that a new season has started, consider taking some time to reflect on these questions to help you connect with where you live, as well as your state of mind, physical health, goals, and aspiration for the fall.
Consider these questions:
• What changes are going on outside in nature?
• How does this season make me feel?
• What are the challenges I face?
• What brings me joy during this season?
• What diet or lifestyle routines do I want to change?
• Am I getting the right amount of sleep?
• What yoga or exercise routine feels the best to me?
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After reflecting upon these questions, ask yourself if there are places in your life where you are interested in making some changes? Can you sense what part of your life is more inclined to go out of balance (diet, work, spending habits, travel) during particular seasons? Are you willing to change a behavior or habit for two weeks, one month, or the entire season? While this may seem like a short window, it is enough time to witness considerable changes in your personality, bodily functions, energy levels,...
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