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Embracing Autumn: A Soul Yoga-Inspired Guide to Feeling Well as the Seasons Shift

As the vibrancy of summer fades into the crispness of autumn, it’s time to tune into the rhythm of the shifting seasons and adjust our wellness routines to suit. 

Autumn invites us to slow down, turn inward, and nurture our bodies and minds in a more reflective and introspective way. Inspired by the principles of yoga, here’s a guide to looking after your health as the days get shorter and cooler …

  1. Practice Grounding Asanas

Find a sense of rootedness and grounding for yourself as the leaves fall through steady postures such as Tadasana (Mountain Pose), Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I), and Balasana (Child’s Pose). We love these postures as a way to help us to connect with the earth, and land ourselves in the present moment.

  1. Nourish your body with Seasonal Foods

Embrace the abundance of seasonal fruits and vegetables as autumn unfolds, delivering us an abundance of goodness in the form of whole, fresh foods like sweet potatoes, pumpkins, mandarins, pears, and hearty grains. These nutrient-rich choices not only support your physical health but also align you with the natural cycles of the PapatŪānuku – Mother Earth. 

  1. Get Outside and Cultivate Mindfulness 

Gosh the colours of Autumn can be glorious can’t they? Especially in “The Garden City” of Christchurch. Immerse yourself in the beauty and try some mindful walks in nature, some forest bathing, or simply sit and observe the changing scenery. Nature serves as a powerful reminder of life’s cyclical nature, encouraging us to flow with change rather than resist it.

  1. Increase your Restorative Practices

As daylight hours shorten and darkness comes sooner in the evening, it’s a great opportunity to prioritise restorative practices that replenish your energy reserves. Gentle pranayama (breathwork), or meditation techniques are amazing for soothing your nervous system and promoting deep relaxation. Our Autumn/Winter timetable features lots of restorative yin classes to help you find a sense of restfulness and ease too, and you are always welcome to join us for a class! 

  1. Stay Hydrated

While the weather may be cooler, it’s essential to remain hydrated as the season transitions. Sip on warm herbal teas, and experiment with immune-boosting herbs like ginger, turmeric, and cinnamon. Hydration supports overall well-being, ensuring optimal bodily function and mental clarity.

Just as trees shed their leaves in preparation for winter, allow yourself to release what no longer serves you—whether physical tension, emotional baggage, or mental clutter, and trust in the wisdom of your body and mind to guide you towards balance and harmony.

By integrating these yoga-inspired practices into our daily lives, we can cultivate resilience, vitality, and inner peace as we journey through the ever-changing seasons of life!