The Fall Equinox brings the transition from Summer to Fall. Transitions bring to mind the word change – this is a time for the closure of a cycle. During this transition, you can take the time to identify what you learned since the summer solstice and what are lessons you’d like to keep as you come into fall. An Equinox is when the daylight is the same as the darkness. Afterwards, we begin our descent into darkness. We use these seasons as an opportunity to turn inward and reflect on how we feel when the sun isn’t always shining.
The first day of Fall also coincides with the beginning of Libra season – symbolized by the scales. How can you invite balance back into your body and mind? We all exist with the duality of the Universe: masculine and feminine energies, light and darkness, yin and yang, peace and chaos. Identify where you feel your life could use more balance and work on bringing this balance into your life with the support of the seasons and stars.
How can we align ourselves with the Fall Equinox?
Many of us are probably not looking forward to shorter, darker days and longer, colder nights. However, this is Nature’s invitation to slow down. Shorter days mean less time for doing everything and more time for being still; and in the darkness, you might find it easier to find your light within. The Autumnal Equinox is the perfect time to reflect on what hasn’t served us and to practice letting go. To set new intentions for the season ahead, and to spend some time grounding, connecting with nature, and finding balance. Reflect on the following questions:
- What areas of your life need more balance? How can you cultivate this balance? What do you need to change about your current lifestyle?
- What have you harvested this year? What are you grateful for? Who helped you achieve a bountiful harvest? How can you thank them?
- What cycles are you ready to free yourself from? What can you do differently to create more joyful cycles?
- What lessons have you learned this past year? How can these lessons further your journey in healing and in finding strength?
Meditations, Intentions, and your Yoga Practice
- Start a meditation practice if you don’t already have one. Start with 10 minutes every morning to just check in with yourself; your body, your breath, the fluctuations of your mind.
- Take walks through nature by yourself or with a loved one. Reflect on how the changes outside affect your mood & body.
- Cook yourself a meal. Be intentional with ingredients, with the way you prepare your food. Inviting love into your cooking will invite love into your body as you digest.
- Really tune into your body as you practice. Start seated, feel your sit bones rooted down into the Earth. Take your practice a bit slower so that you can really give yourself time to feel how each subtle movement and muscle activation can change how your body feels. Try some balancing postures, notice how when you make subtle adjustments if that makes you fall or feel stronger – how can you apply this to your life? When you make subtle changes, you can cause yourself to fall or to feel stronger and more balanced. Take it inward. Do what feels best for your body and makes you feel strong. And remember when you fall, you can always get back up and try again.
All the luck as we begin this journey as a collective! You got this, Yogis! I hope you find intentions that help you release, let go, and find a balanced sense of grounding during these months. Leave comments for rituals you’ve found help you prepare for these colder and darker months!