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Nov 02, 2017
By Guest Blogger: Bethany Henderson
As we enter the autumn season, it is a time to reflect, take care and ground ourselves. The wind starts to pick up, bringing cool air and storms into our lives. You can feel that it is truly a time of change.
In my yoga classes, I notice my students arrive to their mats with different reactions to the season - those with agitation and unease who can’t quite find stillness, to those completely exhausted and wouldn’t mind spending the entire hour in Savasana.
We can turn to Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, for greater insight into the feeling of autumn. Autumn is the time of Vata Dosha. Vata is composed of air and space, and is characterized by cold, dry, rough, irregular and moving. In the body, Vata energy governs movement and also associated with the nervous system. In the season of Vata, we can easily feel ungrounded and out of balance.
So, if you feel scattered and exhausted during autumn- you are not alone! Our yoga practice is one way we can connect and stay healthy and happy during this season of change. Here are a few key yoga postures to stay grounded and balanced this autumn:Sukhasana or Easy Pose, with Alternate Nostril Breathing
Just a few minutes of this breathing practice can restore balance in the body. A simple, but powerful technique to calm the body and mind.
This grounding twist can help improve circulation in the body, while creating internal warmth. Stimulates the circulatory and digestive systems, liver and kidneys.
Baddha Konasana or Butterfly
As a forward fold, this posture is very grounding and calming for the mind. With any forward fold we have the opportunity to tune inward - literally we fold towards ourselves. Take the time here to connect to your breath and notice the sensations that arrive in the body. Provides a stretch to the hips and groin, and a nice release for the low back.
Balasana or Child’s Pose
Similar to the posture before, this calming forward fold can help to quiet the mind as we turn inward. Physically we are relaxing the hips, spine and shoulders, where we often hold tension in our bodies.
The ultimate yoga posture. A time to connect back to the earth, to connect back to our bodies and mind. By taking a few moments to be still and relax, we give our body the time to take in all the goodness from your yoga practice. We focus back on our natural breath, which calms the nervous system and allows the muscles to relax and rest after a yoga practice or a long day.
Bethany found yoga to cross-train when she competed in professional watersports over 10 years ago. The love for the practice transitioned into teaching, as an E-RYT 200 hour certified yoga teacher and studio founder of Yoga Roots in Sweden. She is originally from the US and currently resides and teaches teaching in Malmö, Sweden. To her teachings, she brings influences from an athletic background, international environment and a pure joy for sharing yoga with others.
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