In the past couple of weeks you've probably noticed a shift—the temperatures are getting cooler and the days are getting slightly shorter. It's officially Fall and with the changes in temperature and daylight, our environment is also drier and windier. These conditions not only affect what you decide to wear, but they also affect your body and mind. It's common to get aches in your joints, to become constipated, and to feel anxious or depressed. The good news is that, your yoga practice is here to support you through all of this!
Here are the top three reasons to practice in the Fall:
- The humidity: The humidity in the yoga room helps your lungs and joints stay hydrated throughout this dry season. You can encourage the hydration to your lungs by taking slow, steady breaths throughout class.
- The tempo: Regardless of what class you are taking, each one has its own particular rhythm. During the Fall, season our minds can be scattered, which leads to anxiety, worry, and depression. The tempo of class helps to bring your mind and body back into sync with each other.
- The postures: The postures help to move energy! When energy gets stuck, you feel sluggish. When energy moves too fast, you feel anxious. Wind Removing Pose is a great example of a posture that helps you release stagnate energy throughout your digestive system. Each individual posture is therapeutically designed to move energy through compression or extension, so that you feel amazing and calm by the end of class.
So, make sure you maintain a regular practice and add in an extra class when you need it. In addition to your practice, you can also acclimate to the change in season by enjoying warm, nourishing foods that are grounding, hydrating, and easy to digest.