- Standing meditation. During the fall season I particularly enjoy this practice. Standing versus sitting helps my attention drop deep down into my bones and into my feet, away from my head and my busy mind. Standing meditation deepens my sense of concentration as it’s constantly engaging my core and as a result I stay warmer and alert while I meditate. I’d encourage you to start with a five-minute practice and work up to twenty.
- Relaxed belly awareness. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, consciously breathe into your belly, letting it soften completely. Notice throughout the day when your back feels tight or your breath feels shallow and how that’s affecting your belly. When you catch yourself at work, in your car, in a forward bend, or rushing through anything, how does your belly feel? How often are you holding your belly in? Why? Every time you notice your belly is tight, say to yourself, “relax, let the belly soften all the way” or something like that. Remember it’s often a choice whether it is gripped or relaxed.
- Asana and beathing practices. This time of year I find it necessary to practice a lot! It’s so easy to lose motivation, to sleep in, or feel depressed with decreasing amounts of sunlight (if that’s an issue for you). To avoid the winter blues I am suggesting asana and breathing practices six days a week and if possible first thing in the morning before you sit down at the computer or get into your car! If it doesn’t happen in the morning, if often won’t happen. Just do it! Please refer to the Art of Sequencing – Volume Two book for suggestions on what asanas and breathing practices are beneficial for the fall.
If you’ve lost the fire of your home practice or daily routines, try setting up a private session with a local teacher to help design program that inspires you. Getting support makes this whole journey more fun.