I can’t believe it’s September already. Labor Day is tomorrow, with Rosh Hashanah following right on its heels. Traditionally a fall holiday, the Jewish New Year makes it feel like we are already entering the fall season, yet it is, and it still feels like summer. The school year has begun but the calendar tells us Fall is not until the end of the month. This time of year is a liminal space between here and there, then and now, on the threshold, yet not quite to the next stage. It is a time of transition when our yoga practice becomes even more important to keep us grounded, steady and strong.
Maybe that’s why September has been declared as National Yoga Awareness month. The purpose of this month is to promote the health benefits of yoga and inspire a healthy lifestyle. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health many individuals practice yoga to maintain their health and well-being, improve physical fitness, relieve stress, and enhance their quality of life. We, as yoga practitioners, know the benefits of a regular practice. This is the month to promote these benefits, telling friends and family to try yoga, especially in times of stress, anxiety and uncertainty like we continue to live in. All yogis will agree that yoga is so much more than just a physical practice. The lessons we learn on the mat spill over into our daily lives, positively impacting our lifestyle.
And besides promoting the many benefits of yoga to all your friends and family, this National Yoga Awareness month would be a great time to:
- Come onto your mat a little more (maybe even trying one of our live streaming classes right from your living room), or a stretch class on Tuesday or Thursday mornings at 9:30am; or
- bring your awareness to the more subtle aspects of yoga by deepening your breathing practice, learning different breathing techniques that can keep you more grounded and present; or
- branch out and read some yoga philosophy, like the Yoga Sutras or the Bhagavad Gita, texts that contain many of the principles of yoga that keep us grounded, steady and peaceful; or
- meditate by simply sitting with yourself for a brief period of time or following a guided practice.
The best part about National Yoga Awareness Month is just that, being aware. Knowing that we are in a time of transition, be present, bring your awareness to the moment and simply honor this beautiful practice that enriches your life and allows you to be steady, anchored, present, strong and ready for everything that life offers.
Please be sure to check our weekly schedule as there are changes for Labor Day and Rosh Hashanah. Also, listen to me live as I am being interviewed on Instagram on Wednesday! Hope to see you on your mat this week (and throughout this National Yoga Awareness Month) as we ground and steady ourselves, and don’t forget about the other ways of celebrating this month and this practice. If you’d like some ideas about breathing, meditation practices or philosophy books, don’t hesitate to ask me or anyone of the instructors!! See you on your mat.