To Every Season…

Posted by on Nov 20, 2012 in Breath and Body | Comments Off on To Every Season…

To Every Season…

It’s the time of year when we find ourselves starting to crave warm food and drinks, starchy stick-to-your-ribs meals and cozy sweaters.  It’s also the time of year when nights seem to be growing infinitely longer, the days are grey, our energy levels and moods match the season as we glance longingly at the couch.  Many teachers will talk about the need to tune into this, to allow yourself to bury your head in the snow and wrap yourselves up in blankets, slow down your practices and encourage the quiet introspection.  That’s one philosophy, and it’s a popular one.  The other philosophy, the one to which I personally subscribe, is informed by the principles of Ayurveda and the quest to seek balance and equilibrium.  In other words, when the earth hands you hot, dry days, find watery, fluid, cooling practices.  At this time of year, the time when we begin to shift from the light, windy vata energy to the slow and heavy kapha energy, we need to stoke our internal fire, give it the juice to keep us warm and alive, energetic and engaged.  It is the best time of year to begin moving into warmer, stronger or more intense classes.  You can be sure that you are complimenting rather than over-kindling!

Many people drag their feet through winter.  They find themselves going to bed early, eating too much, slowing down to a turtle’s pace.  When spring’s sunshine hits, they begin to feel revitalized and awakened.  But you needn’t wait for spring!  Create your own warmth and spark.  Kick the sleepy doldrums to the curb and use your practice as medicine for your depletion.  I agree that this cold time of year is a time to nurture the self, but the definition of nurture is to “care for and encourage the growth or development of.”  Rather than seeing wintery self-care as wrapping up and shutting down, seek instead to move towards such growth and development.  Find a flow class that suits your current level of ability and see if it helps to keep the sediment from settling in.  If you’ve been thinking about stepping up your practice, now is the time.  Find a studio/teacher that offers a safe introduction to where you need to be moving.  Let winter’s introspection inform your intelligence on the mat rather than your desire to fold it around you and nod off.  Move your body, flush the brain with blood and watch the blues wash away.  Bundle up and get out there!

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