This is a wonderful time of year here in Michigan. You can feel the fall weather rushing into our lives. And although we may still have a day or two where it’s hotter than we want it to be, the sun is lower, the days are shorter and fall is in the air.
Fall is when the kids go back to school and we can get on with our lives. In a way, it’s almost like the start of a new year for us. As we send our kids back to school and get our own routine back in order, I ask that you evaluate what you have going on in your life and what you’d like to do to improve it. Perhaps you’ve been meaning to get back into your exercise routine or your daily yoga and meditation practice. I invite you to challenge yourself to do these things. Not only will it make you a happier and healthier person, but it will have a positive effect on the people around you because of this.
Each morning when you wake up, sneak in a few Sun Salutations, sneak in a 2 – 5 minute silent meditation and set your intention for the day and continue to recite it in your head throughout the day. In the evening before you go to sleep, slip in a couple of Cat Cows to relax your body and have a “Coffee Meditation” where you just sit back and reflect on your day. Don’t dwell on the negative things that happened or on what you didn’t accomplish, instead praise yourself for all the wonderful things that happened in your day listing at least 3 of them. Continue this regimen each day until it becomes a part of your daily routine. Perhaps you’ll find yourself waking up a little earlier so you can fit in a few more asanas and add a couple more minutes to your meditation each day.
As the fall weather comes into full force, you’ll realize how much you missed your routine and how easy it is to fall back into it.