Here we are at that time of year again when the days are shorter and the nights longer, the air is cooler, trees and plants are shedding their leaves and all of nature is beginning to slow right down. The seasonal cycles are life-sustaining and honouring them can really enrich us and assist us in meeting life’s demands head on. The cyclical rhythms of day and night as well as the seasons also reflect the movements of change, transition and regeneration within ourselves.

We are called to attend to our lives during late autumn, by finding ways to replenish ourselves, this is the season of reflection. Earth has given us her last harvest to sustain us during the dark winter months and in our lives, this is the harvest from the seeds we planted and the visions we’ve built throughout the year. Therefore this is a time of year to reflect and consolidate on what we have achieved so far as well as assess what fruits of life have matured enough to nourish us and which have held us back. This is a time to contemplate and create space for new growth, perhaps in the way of attitudes, projects, people or relationships that will support us in our life ahead.

Personally I really embrace this time of the year, I love this season of hats, gloves, scarves, big baggy jumpers, muddy boots, furry slippers, hot baths, seasonal slow cook casseroles, jacket potatoes, candle light, hot chocolate, soft lounge lamps and nights spent in, snuggling up on the sofa with a cosy fire.
Just like nature, this is the time of the year for us to to slow down, rest, recharge, reflect, nourish, rejuvenate and take care of ourselves.

It’s also just as important to wind down our yoga practice too as the nights draw in, a slower more refined contemplative more yin or restorative practice can help assist us to move through this period of transition with more balance.

As the seasons well know, there is a time for life and there is a time for death, there is a time to bloom and a time to wither. Nature is encouraging us to shed our leaves right now and to find some space within ourselves, to acknowledge that growth has moved through us since the beginning of the year. Now is the time to let go of what no longer serves and just like the plant world, put our energy in our roots, whilst we  prepare to go deep into the dark months ahead.

I hope to see some of you on the mat very soon.
In the meantime rest lots, snuggle up and take good care of yourselves.

With Love Brigitte xx
Leave the familiar for a while
Let your senses stretch out
Like a welcome season
Onto meadows shores and hills
Change rooms in your mind for a day
All the hemispheres in existence
Lie beside the equator of your heart
Greet Yourself
In your thousand other forms
As you mount the hidden tide
And travel
Back home
Into the great circle of the heart.

HAFIZ