Autumn Yoga Flow
You can also use the Autumn Flow for symptoms of overwhelm, when it feels like you've give a lot more energy than you've received. Let the body slow down to balance the changeable qualities of the Autumn season. During Autumn the nights are drawing in and nature is slowing down. Our yoga practice will be designed to stimulate the lung and large intestine meridians. Our yoga sequences can open and close the arms to imitate a bellows whilst stimulating the lungs and we can use our deep abdominal muscles to activate and awaken our guts. It is also a time to start to gather the energy and attention inwards and a quietening of our yoga practice is initiated. Focus on training the breath and sharpening and clearing the mind. Rest and warmth and good hydration are the remedies for this season. Autumn is a time to look at our high or low immunity and how it relates to the strength of the protective boundaries. Learning to say ‘yes’ to what we want and ‘no’ to what we don’t want at the mental level and at the emotional level it governs our self-esteem. Well functioning 'Autumn Energy' generates strong physical vitality and immunity. Work on and off the mat with this energy by both reaching into the arms and softening the shoulders within each pose and looking into the issues of boundaries and self-esteem either with a therapist or with self study. Developing the capacity of the lungs and relaxing the shoulders nourish the lung energy (work with this within your Autumn podcast by creating an awareness of each breath and dropping the shoulders when you realize they are lifting). Expansive movements which physically open the chest (releasing contraction in the muscles which surround the ribcage) and developing our energy through mantra and singing can be an emotionally challenging way to work through weakness of our Autumn energy, bringing the practitioner face to face with all the inhibitions which have been allowed to constrain self-expression.