Autumn is the season of transformation. We can see this all around us in nature: the leaves start to fall, the air is changing - now cool and windy and an entirely new crop of fruits and vegetables are being harvested. It is important that we change with the seasons — just as nature does. It is the time to adapt our yoga practice, daily habits and food choices.
Whilst we can feel the crisp, sharp, aliveness of the Autumn air, its an ideal time to master your breathing exercises (pranyama). Clear a space in your day to try out a regular breathing exercise. Wake up half an hour earlier to begin your day with breathing exercises such as Nadi shodana (alternate nostril breathing), helping to purify the energy channels that block from tension and constriction of the channels.We'll be practising breathing exercise in our morning yoga classes & on retreat. As you start to tune into your breath you'll begin quietening your mind and letting go of what is not serving you.
If you don't have time early morning, consider hopping off the bus a few stops early and simply clear out the lungs by taking a walk with awareness or taking a swim in Wylie's Baths ocean pool after class- it's still warm. Let your feet do the walking, your arms & legs do the swimming & allow your breath to become the focus.
Give a little care to your digestive system as it is easily unsettled during Autumn season. The cooler air can agitate the digestive fire. According to the 5000-year tradition of Ayurveda medicine, in Autumn, your meals should be cooked and ideally served warm, including your breakfast. Keep the following to a minimum – processed or fried foods, ‘windy’ beans and vegetables, cold, raw or dry food, such as cereals and crackers. Focus on sweet, sour and salty foods and reduce bitter, astringent and pungent tastes.
WYLIES WELLNESS AUTUMN YOGA RETREATS
We are excited to introduce this Autumn, Wylie's Wellness one-day yoga & wellness retreats. Gift yourself a well-deserved time out from work and family commitments to relax and rejuvenate in the heart of Sydney surrounded by nature - our first series of one-day retreats is coming up soon, 5th and 8th April 2018.
Our weekend retreat in the bush 50 mins from Sydney (Autumn and Spring) is almost full so book in or register your interest for our India yoga tours & retreats in November 2018.