Autumnal Equinox: Eileen Barbour

The equinox means that length of night and day are the same. In the spring, with the summer equinox, you are ready to break out of your winter doldrums. The days are longer and the nights are shorter. We feel lighter and freer to move about, we wear lighter clothing and spend more time outside. With the Autumn Equinox, in the fall, the nights will start to get longer, we tend to pull within ourselves, contemplate and rest, we become dormant as nature does, without sunlight and warmer temperatures.

The Autumn Equinox is a time to rebalance ourselves, we have the time to look inward into our true self. We are light and dark, conscious and unconscious, and passive and aggressive. It is time to embrace our dark side and not be afraid of it. We can take this time to move inside ourselves to recalibrate the Yin and Yang of our personalities. In the lighter months of Summer, we play more and meditate less, concentrate on outside parts and ignore our inner being. All this lightness and fun is wonderful, but as with everything else in life it needs to be balanced. We can embrace the shorter days, turn inward and find peace.

Autumn is a time to plant a seed or Bija (Sanskrit for seed). There is a transformative power of that seed or idea you plant in the dark soil, when it is nourished by your self-care during the winter months. Transfer the seedling to the garden in the spring, cultivate the soil and watch it flourish. In this over connected world we live in it seems impossible to think of nurturing ourselves, but if we don’t take the time to recharge our body, mind, and soul we cannot embrace all our life’s journey, with all the love we offer to others and all the love we are open to receive. 

Restorative yoga is one way to soften our hearts and calm our minds. Restorative yoga boosts your immune system, will balance your nervous system and quiet your mind. The restorative poses and breathing practices aid in the healing of emotional and physical pain. When you practice this slower more intentional form of yoga, you find the ability to slow down and recover and maybe start a personal meditation journey. When your muscles relax, your breathing becomes more measured and your heart rate slows down. Your body and mind will learn to transition more quickly from stress to calm. When the body is relaxed and the nervous system is balanced, you are more able to be in the present moment. 

Join me on Sunday, September 24, from 10am to 12pm for a long restorative practice, this falls a few days after the Autumnal Equinox and we can prepare for the winter solstice. 

Sunlight and Shadow
Go with in.
Focus your senses. Face the challenge.
Balance sunlight and shadow.
Blend the path.
This is the way of the Tao.