Happy Fall

Last Days, By Mary Oliver

Things are changing; things are starting to
           spin, snap, fly off into
              the blue sleeve of the long
                afternoon. Oh and ooh
come whistling out of the perished mouth
          of the grass, as things
turn soft, boil back
          into substance and hue. As everything,
           forgetting its own enchantment, whispers:
              I too love oblivion why not it is full
                of second chances. Now,
hiss the bright curls of the leaves, Now!
          booms the muscle of the wind.

Whenever I read this I can’t help but feel the bluster of fall and see the images of leaves swirling all around me. It’s fall – vata season. It’s a swirly, whirly, dry season of change. And we too can get more swirly, whirly and experience feeling ungrounded and scattered like the leaves on the ground.

To counteract the ungrounded feeling this time of year can create, remember to modify your yoga practice. Try moving a little more slowly through your practice – think more of a slow flow with fluid, graceful movements. When you move into poses, hold them a bit longer, let yourself settle into them. And make sure you include lots of seated poses and reclining poses to help you get closer to the earth and more grounded – literally.

This week, play with these thoughts and let me know what you uncover. In our next Bliss Bite, I’ll share with you a few sequences you can explore to experience that sense of grounding and rooting yourself.

 

Peace, Love, and Bliss,
Beth

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