As the summer fades into autumn and the days begin to grow shorter, the night air takes on a certain cool crispness.  The leaves turn bright shades of orange, red and yellow as they prepare for their descent to the earth.

As I watch the changes around me, I am inspired by the divine ebb and flow of life.  Just as the moon waxes and wanes, and the seasons flow from one into another, our lives are constantly transitioning. Yet, all too often we are fearful of change within our own lives, resisting it with all of our might.  We cling so tightly to the world which we have carefully constructed around ourselves; all too afraid that if things were to shift, it might upset the balance in our lives and plans. 

But just as a tree sheds it leaves to transition into the next phase of its life, we too must purge and let go within our life in order to grow. I encourage you to investigate ways in which you can embrace change in your own life and begin to break out of your box; releasing yourself from self-imposed rigidity. 

            Make it a goal to try a new food each week.  Visit your local farmers market or produce stand and pick out a fruit or vegetable that you might not otherwise include in your diet.  Kale, Parsnips, different types of Squash, Chard and Escarole are all delicious fall vegetables that can be found locally.  You can ask the vendors for suggestions to prepare it, or look for recipes online using your favorite search engine. 

                Switch up your yoga practice.  Try a new teacher or even a new style of yoga.  By varying your own practice, it can lead to increased flexibility not only in the body, but also in the mind.  Awaken Wellness has many wonderful yoga teachers from a variety of backgrounds teaching many different styles.  To add variety into your home practice, try practicing yoga at different times of the day.  Practice yoga first thing when you wake up or in the afternoon and notice the differences.   Even changing where you practice, moving your mat into a different room or even outside into your yard or on your deck can shift your perspective.

                Finally, explore a new interest or hobby.  Discover hiking, photography, or music.  You can travel somewhere you have never been before or learn a new language.  The possibilities are endless.  It starts by being open and willing.

Use this time of Autumn to explore some of the suggestions I have included here, or even incorporate your own. 

 “Change is not something we should fear.  Rather, it is something that we should welcome.  For without change, nothing in this world would ever grow or blossom and no one in this world would ever move forward to become the person they were meant to be.”  ~Anonymous     

After practicing a variety of styles including Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga and Bikram, Kat completed her 200 hour teacher training in 2009. Since then, she continues to study Anusara yoga, as well as Jivamukti Yoga with Sharon Gannon and David Life to deepen her knowledge of alignment, tantra and yogic philosophy.  Kat draws on the breath a variety of her experiences when teaching to give her students a multi-dimensional experience. 

Join Kat on Monday’s  

5:15p-6:15 ~ Yoga HappyHour

6:30p-8 ~ Yoga 101

And Saturday’s

10:30a-11 ~ Yoga 101