From Summer we transition into Autumn, the colours start to change, nature prepares for the shift in season. As days grow shorter and we ready ourselves for the colder weather; it's a time of transformation and reflection... nourishment and preparation.
Wherever you find yourself following the last few months, now might be a good opportunity to start a regular Yoga practice. Or perhaps go deeper into your current practice. Or maintain the regularity, comfort and familiarity of an existing practice. Acknowledging the change in season allows an opportunity to slow down and create time. Having a regular practice can self empower, stabilise and support you through difficult times but also allow you to appreciate and recognise the good. Especially in this ever changing world.
It's important to understand that all of us are unique; our experiences, our emotions, our physicality, so each practice is going to be different and even a personal practice is different on any given day.
A studio is a great place to start and depending on what you are looking to get out of your practice, then it can be overwhelming to find a suitable session or teacher you connect with. There is so much to choose from. More often than not, we find a class that fits into our schedule and within our budget. Next, is probably the level and type of class, which can be daunting if you are new to practising Yoga and unfamiliar with what to expect. The last consideration is possibly the teacher guiding you through the class. Don't be despondent if the first class you go to doesn't fit, try another. Do some research and speak to the studio or teacher first.
If you find that a studio class isn't the way to go then a one to one is another option, don't think that it is extravagant to have a private session. In some ways it's more cost effective; if you are disciplined and can practice daily, then it could be less than a weekly studio class meeting 1:1, once a month. It's an investment in your health and wellbeing. Be realistic as to how much time you have and the time of day that is appropriate to practice. Again, speak to the teacher and find out a bit more.
Some of the benefits (there are many more) of a regular Yoga practice are below;
Improves your posture
Protects your spine
Makes you happier
Founds a healthy lifestyle
Helps you focus
Relaxes your system
Improves your balance
Maintains your nervous system
Releases tension in your limbs
Helps you sleep deeper
Boosts your immune system functionality
Improves your flexibility
Builds muscle strength
Increases your blood flow
Gives your lungs room to breathe
Gives you peace of mind
Increases your self-esteem
Gives you inner strength
Benefits your relationships
Encourages self care
It could awaken a physical, emotional or spiritual awareness that enhances your daily life.