Welcome Autumn…Time to let go!

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Welcome Autumn…Time to let go!

Welcome Autumn…Time to let go!

6 September 2019by

Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop. 

Rumi.

I think this quote summarizes what is autumn is all about. Seasons often remind us that nothing lasts forever.

After a hot summer, full of activities, parties, maybe holidays, it’s now time to slow down and take time for contemplation, reflection and introspection.

Take care of yourself, be more tolerant with yourself and love yourself just the way you are. It is also time for spiritual renewal. Welcome new ideas, projects. Honor the changes and surrender. Let it go, let it flow…

In addition, there must be situations, emotions and people you need to let go. Just like the trees, let your leaves fall. Remember that holding onto the rusty colored leaves will not allow you to blossom again for the spring. Let your leaves fall: it will create space for new things.

In Yoga classes, you listen the teachers often say: “Let go of what no longer serves you”.

Now is the perfect time to do so!

Go to the forest and contemplate the colors of the trees, its leaves and learn from them. Nature is always our best teacher! You just need to observe and be mindful.

But autumn is not only a good time to clean our mind but also our body. Try to eat vegetables, fruits and cereals that are in season. Purify, cleanse your body with a more conscious diet. Drink more tea, infusions.

Take care of your body, your temple. You deserve it!

And lastly but not least, remember to ground yourself. Connect with the Earth, get nourished by her. A good ritual, that I learned with my dear friend Inês Gaya, is to close your eyes and visualize roots growing up where is our 2nd Chakra (situated about three inches below the navel). These roots will be growing up more and more and go down your legs, your feet and will ground into the floor. Continue visualizing your roots entering more deeply on the ground until they arrive to the heart of Mother Earth. Feel the connection with her, feel the energy that she is sending to you, fulfilling all your body.

This is for me the best grounding exercise and a daily practice.

I have prepared for you a little Yoga practice, the Earth Salutation. This is an ideal sequence for autumn.

Start in Tadasana, knees a bit bent and your palms facing the floor. Close your eyes and take a few breaths. Bring your awareness here and now. Forget everything which is around you.

Inhale and rise up your arms, palms facing the sky. Bend your knees a bit.

Exhale and go down to Malasana; touch the floor with your hand. Inhale and go back to Tadasana, arms up, palms facing the sky. Repeat 4 times.

When you have done this 4 times, stay in Tadasana. Breathe in and breathe out.

Let’s go to the tree pose. Put all your weight on the right leg and bring your left foot as follows:

  • Option 1: foot on the floor
  • Option 2: foot on your calf
  • Option 3: foot on your thigh

Find a focus point on the floor to keep your balance. Once you feel comfortable, rise your arms up, palms facing the sky.

Stay in this posture for 4 to 7 breathing cycles (breathing cycle = 1 inhalation and 1 exhalation).

Release your arms, your foot, inhale, and as you exhale, forward bend to the Half Forward Fold. Put your hands on the floor. Stay in this posture for 4 to 7 breathing cycles.

Inhale and as you exhale, step back your right foot, then your left foot and go to the Downward Facing Dog pose. Stay in this posture for 4 to 7 breathing cycles.

Inhale and go to the cat pose. Open your chest, roll your shoulders back and look at the sky. As you exhale, round your spine, contract your belly and bring your chin to your chest.

  • Repeat 7 times.

Inhale and as you exhale go to the child pose. Stay in this posture for 4 to 7 breathing cycles.

Take this time to think about all the things you want to let go, and surrender.

Inhale and go up to the kneeling Pose, arms raised, palms facing the sky. Exhale, go back to the child pose.

  • Repeat 4 times.

Inhale and go to the cat pose. Open your chest, roll your shoulders back and look at the sky. As you exhale, round your spine, contract your belly and bring your chin to your chest.

  • Repeat 4 times.

Inhale and as you exhale, go to the Downward Facing Dog pose. Stay in this posture for 4 to 7 breathing cycles.

Inhale and walk towards your hand and go to the Half Forward Fold. Put your hands on the floor. Stay in this posture for 4 to 7 breathing cycles. Then slowly stand up. Remember the head is the last one to go up.

Now put all your weight on the left leg and bring your right foot as follows:

  • Option 1: foot on the floor
  • Option 2: foot on your calf
  • Option 3: foot on your thigh

Find a focus point on the floor to keep your balance. Once you feel comfortable, rise your arms up, palms facing the sky.

Stay in this posture for 4 to 7 breathing cycles.

Release your arms, your foot, inhale and exhale on the Tadasana pose, knees bent a bit and your palms facing the floor.

Inhale and rise up your arms, palms facing the sky. Bend your knees a bit.

Exhale and go down to Malasana; touch the floor with your hand. Inhale and go back to Tadasana, arms up, palms facing the sky. Repeat 4 times.

When you have done this 4 times, stay in Tadasana. Close your eyes. Breathe in and breathe out.

Observe your body, your sensations. How is your body right now? How is your mind? How is your breathing?

Namaste,

Emilie M.

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