Autumn 2016 Making Contact

October 28, 2016

The earth has a healing power over me. When I make contact with dirt, whether it’s re-potting a plant, yanking an old bean stalk from the garden or tilling compost, I feel more at ease. Breathing in the crisp dawn or dusk light pours a moment of stillness over my frantic maneuvering or graceful trek, given the day. The smell of damp leaves wafts a coolness to my skeleton and then warms me from within on memories of a favorite cozy sweater.

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Fall has settled in. Each ray of sun that we take in feels like total nourishment. A little going such a long way. We know these moments are no longer in majority. We start to grip tightly to the covers at night.

Yoga’s presence in our life supports the natural challenges and plateaus of transition. Now is the time to nestle into your lifestyle, stoke the fire of the company you keep and sustain the rhythm for winterization. As wellness practitioners and yoga students we attune to the shifts in our prana. What we eat, the type of movement in our lives, our bedtime, workload, and relationships all have a physical and energetic imprint. Now is the time to take great care.

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Class this month has shifted it’s focus to practicing in harmony with autumn. For fall the aim is to ascend the plateau of being in transition and cultivate patterns in our body/mind that attune to nature and ground us. Autumn can be quite slippery, damp, cool and windy.

If we want to clear out the accumulation of ama, dust the nooks and crannies and raise our prana our yoga needs to be in alignment with major shifts as they occur.

In our physical practice the work has been reflected in anchoring the four corners of the body (shoulders, hips), pelvic floor work and core stability, and most recently the work of the thigh bones to the feet.

Including japa or mahyama mantras of bijas that connect us from the gross to ethereal are a positive way to shift psychic space to a level of calm and ease this fall.

I recommend:

Om Aim Hrim Shrim Aim Klim Sauh

This is a looming mantra that tethers the body like the tuning of a drum. The bijas move in a non-linear path. Like the wind picking up a leaf and dancing from place to place, dusting grace at every turn.
The seed sounds of this mantra resonate at the following centers of the body:
Om (the eternal), Aim (crown), Hrim (pelvic floor), Shrim (palate), Aim (belly), Klim (brow), Sauh (heart)

or

Om Tat Sat

Essentially this means all is god in it’s infinite formlessness and non-duality. Thereofore so are we and everything that is. Truth.
Boom. Everything.

At home you can practice these postures:

Utkatasana, Prasarita Padotanasana A-D, Apanasana, Pavana Muktasana, Supta Padangustasana, Urdva Prasarita Padasana, Ardha Adho Mukha Svansana, Virabhadra I + II, Parivrtta Trikonasana, Purvottanasana, Salabhasana, Viparita Salabhasana, Dhanurasana, Setu Bandasana, Marichiasana III prep + III, Bharadvajasana I+II, Ardha Matsyendra II, Kurmasana, Sirsasana

Make soup. Make stews. Warm your belly and your hearth. I can’t get enough of this Creamy Butternut Quinoa Soup:
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This season has been a time of reconnecting with the yoga community near and wide. I have had the blessing of spending time with teachers through creative and collaborative experiences. Hosts have brought me into hyper local venues, avante garde spaces and ideas for future projects have begun to percolate. I have so much to share with you. Truly, teaching you yoga is fulfilling a dream to a life of service and commitment. Making contact with people out in the world in a personal way is such a gift.
Thank you.

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Making Contact

I believe
The greatest gift
I can conceive of having
from anyone
is
to be seen by them,
heard by them,
to be understood
and touched by them.
The greatest gift
I can give
is
to see, hear, understand
and to touch
another person.
When this is done
I feel
contact has been made.

-Virginia Satir

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