For many of us, this is our favorite time of the year. The weather gets cooler + we are still blessed with beautiful warm sun. Our diet changes, as we tend to consume warmer, more grounding foods + more of it. It’s a time to retire the swimsuits + unpack the sweaters; the crispness autumn begins to blow in, reminding us of the winter to come. We’re drawn to the outdoors - to witness the change of everything around us. Trees + shrubs begin their descent back into the earth, while first changing in color to reflect the warmth we’re looking for. All things seems to move in transition to reflect more clearly the deep earth - browns, reds, oranges.
There are many reasons I love autumn. One of them being Halloween. I grew up very connected to Halloween - dressing up in costumes, playing outside + feeling a little bit more magical. Halloween was always a time of deep magic + enchantment; a time when my imagination + creativity were free to run wild. It is also an opportunity to be more expressive + creative in the way we present ourselves. Halloween or “Samhain” (meaning the first day of November, celebrated by the ancient Celts as a festival marking the beginning of winter) is a time to look to the future + allow your costume to reflect what it is you’re hoping your new year to look like — meaning, if we want to be beautiful and ensure that our spiritual journey through life has power + sweetness we dress like a butterfly or a Faery Queen; if we want to experience more confidence + strength, we could dress like a wolf or a bear. Now, doesn’t that sounds like fun?
According to ayurveda (the sister science of yoga), autumn is known as the season of wind - it is dry, rough, erratic, cold + irregular. As with any transition, we are required to pause + create new patterns to keep our lives (body, mind, spirit) balanced. When we’re out of balance in the autumn we can tend to feel aches + pains in the joints + low back; dryness, stiffness + coldness in the joints + muscles; bursts of energy followed by deep depletion; we may also feel ungrounded + mentally restless… Luckily there are plenty of ways to balance ourselves as we move into a new season.
Our yoga practice is encouraged to change as we move from summer to fall. We are encouraged to create WARMTH, SERENITY + NOURISHMENT in our practice, as well as…
- Practice at a SLOW, SMOOTH + STEADY pace.
- Focus on the foundation of the pose to create STABILITY.
- Stay connected to the EARTH + ground down through the feet.
- Stay WARM.
- Lengthen SAVASANA.
Meditation is also integral to staying balanced + steady. Meditation provides us with a carved out piece of our day to pause + connect; to get quiet + listen. So much about staying graceful + balanced is our own ability to listen to our inner needs—meditation provides us that opportunity.
A calming, soothing + steady pranayama practice is also highly encouraged to keep us balanced through the fall.
Join me for autumn inspired practices.
I look forward to having you in the room.
with love + gratitude,
Warm Spiced Almond Milk
½ cup Almond Milk
½ cup water
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp cardamom
pinch of tumeric
pinch of pink himalayan sea salt
Warm milk + water.
Add spices + salt.
Enjoy warm or room temperature.