Happy Autumnal Soltice! It's a little chilly outside as I enjoy my latte, watch some neat birds outside and write to you.The clouds are sweeping past in Central Oregon, alternatively offering rain and bright blue sky. It's a great time of year to become reflective. I am hitting the books through Janet Stone Yoga's online yoga philosophy course. It feels really good, and a little scary to drop into routine and deep self study.
I always find myself waxing nostalgic for the full, lazy days of summer on days like this.
Times of transition can be difficult, whether we are in a yoga class, AcroYoga pose, shifting from a season or dealing with a bigger life change like getting laid off, starting a new job, moving to a new home. How can we recognize that, simple and small, or big and traumatic, we need time to fully flow through the process of every and any transition? Do you have tools of ritual or support that you can utilize during these times?
It has been hardest for me to commit to a regular devoted yoga practice when life is free and easy and flowing. During transition or times of difficulty, I find reading yoga philosophy and recommitting to a dedicated meditation practice supports me in softening into the discomfort, while also learning from it. Deborah Adele's "The Yamas and Niyamas" is my current favorite and I highly recommend to yogis and non-yogis alike for a light, insightful reading on life philosophy.