Yoga Poses for the Fall by Faith Hunter

As fall creeps in, the body and mind reacts to subtle cooling shifts in the environmental. Even if we aren’t really sick, we often feel disconnected and use the phrase “a little under the weather.”

Our joints are achy, skin is dry, and we feel nervous, anxious and slightly agitated. The science of Ayurveda, a sister science of Yoga, associates the fall and winter months to the term called “Vata.” Vata season is not only connected to wind and air, but it is also related to cold, dry, brittle, as well as the nervous system, joints, bones and the overall energy that keeps our minds moving and focused.

One of the many benefits of yoga and conscious breathing is that it supports the body and mind through seasonal changes. In addition, yoga provides the stability you need to stay balanced and connected. Yin Yoga offers more passive yoga postures that are mainly done on the floor. As you hold poses, the body relaxes, muscles soften and move closer to the bone. Yin Yoga creates a soothing sensation that gradually releases tension and centers the mind.

Here’s a simple Yin Yoga practice to help you stay grounded during these windy months.

  1. Seated Meditation (3-5 minutes): Cross your legs comfortably while sitting on a pillow or blanket. Rest the palms on your knees and close the eyes. Breathe slowly in and out of your nose focusing only the flow of your breath.
  2. Butterfly Pose (3-5 minutes): Bring the feet together and open your knees creating a diamond space with your legs. Fold forward allowing the spine, arms, shoulder, neck, and head to relax toward your legs and feet.
  3. Child Pose (4-7 minutes): Come onto your hands and knees. Lower your hips towards your heels, and fold over your thighs. Relax the forehead and arms in front of the knees. You can also place the arms alongside your legs.
  4. Wide-Leg Forward Fold (3-4 minutes): From a seated position, open the legs wide into a “V” shape. With the toes pointing towards the ceiling, slowly fold forward. Hands or forearms can rest on the floor. Release mindfully and don’t forget to breathe.
  5. Savasana (6-8minutes): To end your practice, relax on your back with the eyes closed. Let go of your deep breathing, and allow the body to surrender to the earth.