Autumn is the perfect time of year to take a deep breath, to reflect and to allow ourselves to evolve in a way that aligns more closely to our true life purpose. It is the season of harvest, a time for introspection and inner listening, to become more reflective and tune into what it is that you need to adjust in your life and what perhaps you can let go of.
Autumn can in itself be an unsettling time for many of us as our element of Vata or air can become imbalanced leaving us feeling energetically scattered and unsteady. Add to that all of the current uncertainty and the overhang of worry that we are being constantly fed by the media and you might find yourself suffering any number of physical, mental, emotional and energetic complaints. If any of this resonates with you, please know that you are not alone.
Here are three key ways to make sure you’re taking care of your mental, physical, and emotional health during this season:
Exercise can help boost your mood, increase your energy levels, and improve your overall well-being. It doesn’t have to be a long, intense workout, either. Take a brisk walk in the crisp autumn air, do some yoga in your living room, or find a new outdoor activity to try.
Spend Time With Friends And Family
Spending quality time with loved ones is a great way to stay connected and keep your spirits high. Schedule a weekly game night, plan a picnic in the park, or plan a virtual hangout with your friends.
Keep Yourself Grounded
When we try to adjust to the changing season, we’re often looking for ways to connect to our body and regain our balance. Try to fine-tune your daily schedule and reconnect with your circadian rhythm.
Recommended Routine: When life feels unpredictable, try adding grounding asanas into your yoga sequence to help you feel calm and balanced. This yoga sequence was created for emotional stability and relaxation.
1. Cat and Cow Pose:
Start on all fours and inhale as you arch your back and look up, while exhale as you round your back and look down. Repeat 3 times.
2. Standing Forward Fold:
Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Hinge at your hips and fold forward, letting your arms hang heavy. Keep your knees slightly bent as you relax your head and neck. Hold for 5 breaths.
3. Downward-Facing Dog:
From standing, come onto your hands and knees. Bring your hands shoulder-width apart and your knees hip-width apart. Exhale, tuck your toes, and lift your hips up and back. Keep your knees slightly bent and your heels elevated. Hold for 5 breaths.
4. Child’s Pose:
From downward-facing dog, sit back on your heels with your big toes touching. Fold your torso forward and let your forehead rest on the floor. Hold for 5 breaths.
5. Seated Spinal Twist:
Sit on the floor with your legs extended in front of you. Bend your right leg and place your right foot outside your left thigh. Place your left elbow to the outside of your right knee and gently use it to twist your torso to the right. Hold for 5 breaths. Repeat on the other side.
6. Corpse Pose (Savasana):
Lie on your back with your legs extended and your arms at your sides. Close your eyes and focus on your breath. Allow your body and mind to relax. Hold for 10 minutes.
Make sure to take some time each day to do something that makes you feel good. Whether it’s reading a book, taking a hot bath, or having a cup of tea on your balcony, find something that brings you joy and make it a priority.
By taking care of yourself in these ways, you can ensure that you’ll stay balanced and positive during the Autumn season.