I hear September is yoga month but for me and I am sure for you too, every day is yoga day, every moment yoga moment. Once on the path, uh oh, difficult to step out. Even if we tried the eight limbs would haunt us.
I find September to be the most inspiring time of the year. And this is not new, it is something that has always felt real in my bones. Why?
1- NEW CYLES
The transformation is so real in the colors changing and the jackets being pulled out of storage and the pumpkins appearing in supermarkets that it has to reflect and send some signal inwards about what leaf it is that we need to turn.
What is the death we need right now? What old has to go so that the new can come in, what part needs to prepare for silence and hibernation?
For me it seems to be an invitation to go within, to find more silences, to pay attention to the colors and the golden light and everything nature offers.
I suppose we remember that we are children too, and need nurturing, to fuel our imagination, find that book we’ve been wanting to read or even better, write it.
Every yoga book says that it is best to start practices of asana or pranayama in the Fall or the Spring, when temperatures are not so extreme.
Of course with modern technology this is not so applicable, but I still believe there is something to the “middle path” whether-wise intelligence of April or September. The mild weather informs us that the practice needs to be done in the same way, not pushing too hard, not falling asleep either.
A great month to embark in new roads, to start asana practice for those who have been thinking about it, maybe try pranayama for those already established in asana? Take a meditation retreat? or a simple workshop to go deeper into an existing practice.