“To contact the richness of the season, its various ways of letting things go …to open the window and to look out and welcome the elements nature offers us – the sounds of the leaves when we walk or how they float through the air and rest on the ground, also the darkness and tediousness of rainy days and the special atmosphere of mist and fog … yoga practice offers a way to welcome all these elements and learn how to savour their special subtlety.” (from Yoga through the Seasons by Sandra Sabatini and Silvia Mori)
I think we not only come to know ourselves better through yoga, but we become more aware of everything around us – to notice those subtleties and appreciate the beauty of nature. To actually look at the leaves and the fruits, rather than rushing or drifting through life without participating in it. How often do you get to the end of a day only to wonder where it went and how you spent your time?
There’s a tendency to become a bit melancholy in the autumn, as the nights draw in and it gets colder. But it gives us an opportunity to snuggle up under a blanket, light some candles and give ourselves the opportunity to slow down and rest. To maybe do some yoga postures that draw us inwards, such as Paschimottanasana (sitting forward bend) or Vipariti Karani (supported inversion), and to do lots of lovely deep relaxations.