“Health is not simply the absence of disease. It is rather a state of balance among body, mind, and consciousness. As individuals, we are all part of the Cosmic Consciousness, the universal intelligence that so beautifully organizes all of nature. That intelligence is within us, and by paying attention to our own intuition and inner wisdom about what is right for us, we can regulate our lives in harmony with it.” –Vasant Lad, The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies
Wednesday at Yoga for Queers. NEW TIMES 5:30 and 7pm
Saturday at Align and Shine. 10:30a-12p
We are four weeks into our Focus on Fall, our seasonal series inspired by the wisdom of Ayurveda. In the coming weeks we will continue looking at how the ancient healing art of Ayurveda can help shed light on the changes happening inside and out, and how to skillfully navigate those transitions—coming out stronger, wiser, and healthier on the other side. We have looked at ritual, mindfulness, and nourishment during this Fall Focus, and this past weekend at Equinox for Queers we looked at what we’re harvesting and the power of naming. This week we will look at Finding the Balance, the ultimate work that fall invites us to focus on.
While change is constant, fall is a particularly potent time to experience the winds of change. With fall comes increased presence and mobility of vata (air) and it can be felt on every level — drier skin, cracking joints, changes in digestion. Not to mention the very air you breathe, food you eat and water you drink are changing on a molecular level, taking on the qualities of vata which include cold, dry, and light/subtle.
These changes, coupled with astrological and cosmic changes such as the upcoming very potent Full Moon and Total Lunar Eclipse (see the amazing Chani Nicholas for more), are sure to be churning up some serious stuff. If everything in your life feels a bit like a whirlwind, you are not alone and it’s not *you* (per se).
This week’s practice will be devoted to finding a delicate balance between saying “yes”, giving in to what this time is asking of you (introspection, rest, recalibration), and saying “no” to the draw of cold and darkness which might be tempting you to stay inside, all curled-up-and-holed-up in the safety of your cocoon (however that manifests)…or to the equally alluring pull of constant overwhelm, anxiety, and frazzledness that increased vata invites.
The Dance of Yes and No is a cosmic one, and one in which you are not the sole participant. Come learn how to harness the power of the air while also learning to find some grounding and stability within its every-changing flow.