Its labor day weekend, the start of a new month [September], and last night was the full “Blue” moon. It’s time for change in many of our lives, the kids everywhere are going back to school, and soon with the earth as well in the form of starting a new season. The fall equinox is on the 22nd.
In the world of yoga it’s National Yoga Month, a month dedicated to inspiring you to lead a healthy life style and to educate you about the health benefits of yoga, in which there are many. The department of health and human services came up with the idea. Since I live for yoga it was something for me to look forward to. Studios in many cities offer up a free week of classes for everyone. Taking things a step further in the digital age, one of my favorite teachers Esther Ekhart, [who just recently launched a new site] is offering three Yoga classes each week for free. This is not only a great opportunity if you don’t have a studio near you or you prefer to practice in your home, but also is a “green” way to take advantage of National Yoga Month. She and the other teachers we have come to know and love from her youtube site , will post the classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This program will help you become healthier, happier, fitter and stronger. “Try and repeat the classes once, so you practice 6 days a week”.
This week’s theme is Standing poses, and I took advantage of the first class this morning to kick off my weekend on the right foot.
The other weeks themes are as follows: Week 2: Twists. Week 3: Hips and Hamstrings, and Week 4: Heart opening postures. “The last class of the month will be your 90 minute Time for Yoga class. Enjoy the connection of practicing yoga as a global group during Time For Yoga on September 30th at 7PM. your local time.”
I can see fall starting to creep in already and I am not ready to let go of summer. As much as I love the colors, scents, and tastes of fall, I know what comes next and that’s a brutal winter. Before we know it the leaves will be crunching under our shoes. It’s depressing so I try to find things to get excited over so life won’t be as gloomy. I mean really if your winter lasted 6 months out of the year and then you had cool weather for 2 more and only received 2-3 months of warm weather, I think it would affect you too. I look forward to the day I can escape from here, even though there is not currently an end in sight.
I am looking forward to the annual Pumpkin festival in October, and for Ganesh Chaturthi on September 19th.
Today is one of those days I am feeling grateful for a good nights rest, sunshine, a day off, a cuppa tea, and a morning of yoga.