As the autumnal equinox has past, we release all grasping of the last threads of summer and enjoy the wonderful autumn days for what they are. For me, this season is one of getting things sorted out. I like to do big clear outs of stuff from my house to set myself up with a tidy clear space that I want to be in as I will spend more time indoors in the coming months. I also have a renewed energy for creative work projects and collaborations with like minded people. With this upsurge in energy, I can get a bit overzealous, schedule and give way too much and end up feeling like a dry leaf being blown around. To balance out these tendencies, my practice is slow and steady with a focus on rooting and grounding. For those who are able to make it to studio classes you will notice this shift in focus. For those unable to be here in person, I have put together a short practice for you to do on your own to help balance the elements present at this time. I like to do this practice in the morning to help set me up for the day. I take some time in the last seated pose to think over the day to come and prioritize. I have a journal and spend a couple of minutes writing using thoughts that come to mind during practice as starting points. The whole practice can be done in under 10 minutes but can be stretched out if you have the time. Enjoy xo
A steady and grounding practice for Autumn
Stand in mountain pose and deepen your breath. Begin to count....inhale for 3 2 1....exhale 3 2 1 repeat for 2 minutes.
Continue counting a steady paced breath as you move through the shapes spending 5 breaths in each side of each pose.
Use a block or cushion to sit on in order to elevate your hips off your heels and relieve pressure in your knees.
I certainly think so! I am relatively new to writing as a practice of sorting out the tangle of ideas, inspiration and emotions that is me but I find that just like yoga, writing helps me unwind and let go. Yin Yoga, with it's long time in supported postures, sets the scene for noticing the held emotions and patterns of inner dialogue that might be running unnoticed most of the time. While being in positions that target deep stretching in my body, there is time to check in on what other parts of me that may be stiff and stuck. Both Yoga and writing are ways we can loosen and release what is held within. When I do these practices together the result is greater than had I done each practice in isolation. I feel like there is forward motion and the writing gives the experience of actively releasing. Sometimes I am surprised by what comes to mind or heart during a yin practice but if I approach what I discover with curiosity instead of judgement more layers of experience are revealed. Writing works in the same way - if you follow threads with a sense of curiosity who knows what might be revealed.
In my work as a yoga teacher, I actually do quite a lot of writing. Most of it is everyday correspondence - emails, promotional copy, newsletters and other business necessities but there is also quite a lot of class planning and themeing that involves writing. I have worked hard at being succinct and clear in my written communication and I believe that this directly translates to my teaching style. From my informal (sometimes) daily writing practice I derive inspiration for classes, work out not yet fully formed ideas and process personal stuff so that I can be grounded and fully present to lead classes that have clear intentions and solid foundations.
I am really excited to collaborate with my friend and writer, Claire Sicherman, in offering you the experience of Yin Yoga and writing on October the 5th from 1-4pm at the Studio. With Yin Yoga we lay the foundation of openness in our bodies to let held emotions arise and then we journal with writing prompts. These prompts are designed to guide and support, allow for connection, reflection and sharing of writing, if desired. Go here for more information and to register.
Sarah-Jane loves learning, listening, sharing and doing yoga!