Autumn Equinox Yoga Practice
With the days getting shorter and Libra’s new moon on the horizon, it is necessary for each of us to realign and once again discover our inner balance.
Intention and letting go of what no longer serves are the inspirations behind this sequence and fall forces us to face death and decay as displayed by nature to prepare for the darkness of winter and internalization.
Autumn Equinox Sequence
**Note, this sequence will take you about 30-40 minutes. If you are short of time, stick to 2 sun salutations A and 2 sun salutations B just to warm up the body
Heat and light generated from Surya Namaskar practice is the ideal warm up for the body. It connects one with one’s breath and invokes all of the qualities of the sun into the body whilst encouraging devotion and humility.
Start with 5 Rounds of Surya Namaskar A (Sun Salutation A)
Followed by 5 Rounds of Surya Namaskar B (Sun Salutation B)
This portion of the practice is to open the crown and upper chakras and nadis to receive energy and expand the electromagnetic field as well as to observe the world from a different perspective.
Sirsasana A (Headstand) 25 Breaths
Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand) 25 Breaths
Halasana (Plough) 10 Breaths
Balancing poses help us to find our stability within our physical bodies as well as in our spirits and direction. During times of increased chaos and change such as the beginning of fall, balancing poses are increasingly important.
Natrajasana (Shiva’s Pose) 10 Breaths Each Side
Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana (Hand to Foot Pose) 5 Breaths Each Side
Vrksasana (Tree Pose) 10 Breaths Each Side
Awakening the root chakra grounding poses help to calm the spirit and invite all of the energy to settle and be contained.
Bakasana (Crow Pose) 5 Breaths
Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend) 25 Breaths
Savasana (Corps Pose) 5-10 Minutes
5-10 Minutes of Meditation