Fall is in the air, but air is also in the Fall!
The Autumnal Equinox marked Fall’s official arrival. The new season made it’s grand entrance with a powerful Full Harvest Moon, brisk winds and cooling rain... a reminder that we are in the midst of transition. After a summer filled with outdoor adventures, playing in the water and intense heat, even the subtlest of changes can throw us through a loop. Being in tune with the cycles and rhythms of nature can help us tremendously in maintaining balance no matter what season. Fall is traditionally known as the season of ‘vata’ in Ayurveda, the ancient system of natural healing in India, and is governed by the elements of air and ether. When vata becomes out of balance, the mind and body can feel unsettled and respond with anxiety.
While we are excited for the new season here at Longwave Yoga, we encourage you to check in with yourself and your body throughout the season. Based on your particular constitution, you can find stability by adding nourishing routines (such as yoga!) to help stay balanced throughout Fall. There are abundant opportunities to gather together in the warmth of our Kula this season, as we hope to continue to nurture and grow our Longwave community. We have so many spectacular events planned this season, we can’t wait to share them all with you!
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Ayurveda & Yoga
The knowledge of both yoga and Ayurveda together helps us navigate the changes in our environment with grace and ease. We can look at this change as an opportunity to grow and evolve, to see a challenging situation with a fresh perspective. So while we mourn the death of Summer, the birth of Fall brings transformation and rejuvenation – something we can all use from time to time. Let’s embrace this change with open arms and a re-commitment to our yoga practice.
Ayurvedically speaking, yoga in the Fall should be a slow and steady, grounding practice. By incorporating warmth and repetition, we are able to fully step into our breath and into our bodies to feel deeply rooted despite what’s going on around us. A pranayama practice used to pacify vata is a breath called Nadhi Shodhana, or alternate nostril breathing. This breath balances out the right and left sides of our bodies, drawing us toward equilibrium. Fluid and purposeful movements are encouraged, with focused attention on our intention and breath. Relaxed sun salutations, balances like Virabhadrasana II and Vrksasana (tree pose), as well as gentle inversions like Viparita Karani (legs up the wall) will instill a feeling of stability and groundedness in our body and mind. Most importantly of all, listen to the intuitive wisdom residing within your body as it will let you know what feels best.
Find Balance with your yoga practice
Although we are transitioning into more studio time, there’s still time to take your practice outdoors with SUP Yoga and Yoga in the Gardens at Airlie! We also invite you to join us for events like our Get Up and Go Flow and the Yin & Yang, Trick or Treat workshop! Let’s rejoice in this new season and come together with warmth and love, for the happiness and freedom of all beings.