How yoga supports equilibrium through seasonal changes
If you have been to my class, you have heard me talk about the effects the five elements (air/ether, fire, water & earth) have on our life-force (‘agni’). When the elements are in balance, our health is optimal; if out of balance, our health is affected. Believe it or not, seasonal transitions strongly affect our internal elements: one type of yoga practice may have supported you well during one season, but may not be what supports you best in the next.
When considering Yoga through the lens of the elements, there are three primary seasons throughout the year:
- Winter – Early Spring: our water/earth (Kapha) element tends to weigh us down.
- Late Spring – Summer: our fire (Pitta) element can burn us up.
- Fall – Early Winter: our air/ether (Vata) element can have us feeling ungrounded.
Holy moly! It’s crazy out there! I don’t know about you, but I am constantly struggling with the desire to keep informed of what’s going on in the world and the need—for the sake of my health and wellbeing—to be away from it.
On one hand, I feel that if I am going to be an active participant in this society, I need to stay informed. On the other hand, the weight I feel from so many mixed emotions about all that is going on can be overwhelming on the spirit and draining on the body.
It’s times like this that my yoga practice is put to the test.
Seventeen years ago when I chose yoga in my life, I made an unspoken, conscious commitment to continue to strive to be awake. Now, that doesn’t mean I am always awake, sometimes I slip backwards and fall into that mindless abyss. Sometimes, that seems easier, safer. Then the yogi in me reminds me that is not who I am or who I want to be. Read more
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~Gentle movement to restore the body:
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The other day I was having a conversation with a girlfriend of mine about the difference between gossip and having an intentional conversation with a trusted friend while seeking feedback about an issue with a third party. This is what we discovered.
Gossip lacks integrity. If we look close enough we can uncover a deeper desire lying below the surface of gossip. When we look back at the times we engaged in gossip we discovered two aspects that seemed to surface the most: Read more
I love to see how Yoga has become such a big part of the greater community in our culture. People from all walks of life can be found in the studio today. I see Yoga mats strapped around the backs of people on every block. It’s not just here in San Francisco anymore; studios can be found in almost every town in America. It is referenced on TV, in ads, books, and magazines. It’s everywhere. What a dream!
But there is a shadow side to the community which I have noticed growing larger as Yoga reaches it’s tipping point. There is an infiltration of the media’s unrealistic images of Yoga that are seeping into the sight and minds of those of us who may not be paying close attention. These beautiful images plastered all over the studios, social media and the merchandise of extremely limber beings in poses that are almost impossible for the majority of us to achieve. Read more