Autumn / Metal
Chinese tradition believes that in the fall, the earth and sky enter a parting phase signaling a decrease of Yang energy and upraise of Yin. The solar energy slowly withdraw, enlightening the surrounding landscape with metallic colors (associated with its seasonal metal element).
Autumn corresponds with the bountiful harvest and its labor. It is also a time for reflection upon what we’ve sown… More specifically associated with a contemplative state and twilight energy. It is about observing and accepting the natural cycle of things with gratitude and peacefulness, Aum.
In Ayurveda, fall is associated with « vata » dosha which is related to wind and movement. This can bring upon anxiety and fatigue, especially with the end of summer relaxing time versus back to routine (school/work) with its ever cyclic obligations. The importance of fully breathing to stay focussed as well as hydrate properly, with infusion of ginger for example for its warming properties, allows oneself to better adapt to this dry and cooler season.
Lungs are the yin organ associated to autumn and its function is to make sure the body’s energies are well distributed. The lungs also govern the circulation and purify all liquids. It is coupled with yang partner large intestine viscera which takes care of eliminating residues, to promote both mental clarity and physical strength.
Nose, sinuses, larynx and trachea are linked to the lungs. Any physical symptoms such as bronchitis, colds, sore throat, fatigue…translate a weakness of this organ. Its related emotion is sadness or seasonal nostalgia.
Also called the « master of breaths », lungs need room and flexibility for oxygen to efficiently circulate as well as prana (subtle energy occurring in the breathing process).
In yoga class we will emphasis on creating space in the diaphragm and rib cage mobility with specific asanas (postures). Specially chosen pranayamas (breathing techniques) will optimize prana flow and presence. Conscious breathing and reflexion will maintain our inner peace in this busy season.
Visualizing the calm and stable depths of a lake, unhindered by its surface’s agitation will promote a serene state of mind…Later translated into wise action and speech.
Aum Shanti Shanti