As the leaves begin to change colors, the days become shorter and air becomes cool and crisp it is a reminder that we are transitioning from one season to the next. Today marks the first day of autumn, a season which represents transition. Transition (noun): The process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.
Whether it’s a seasonal transition, transition in location, relationships, work or even transitions in our asana practice, transition is sometimes coupled with feelings of fear and uncertainty but it can also feel good and trigger energy, optimism, focus and motivation. The practice of staying present and not getting lost in the past or too stressed about the future is a practice of patience, dedication, and trusting yourself. I am still working on it almost every day as it is a regular practice for most of us. As the fall season begins it reminds me how important it is to find myself on my yoga mat each week. Yoga teaches us tools to move through transitions and is both a physical practice and internal practice. After I taught yoga at sunset this evening in Washington Square I looked down at the crispy leaves on my way home and thought about the way the transition into fall resembles our own experiences of transition in life. When I reached home I reflected on some recent events and set some intentions for the future. There is something special about this season to me. What are you looking forward to most this fall? As we watch leaves change colors and fall to the ground, allow yourself to remain open and embrace all of the good that comes along with times of transition. Opportunities for good change are around us right now. Wishing you all a happy and healthy fall season. Keli