"Yoga is the study of balance, and balance is the aim of all living creatures. It is our home" - Rolf Gates
How do you find balance?
The autumnal equinox marks a powerful shift in the cycles of time, heralding the transition from summer to fall in the Northern Hemisphere and winter to spring in the Southern Hemisphere. No matter where you live on the planet, day and night are experienced as equal. This energy reminds us: everything in nature returns to balance.
In our yoga practice, we can honor this turning point by attempting a balancing pose, such as Vrksasana (Tree Pose). As we emulate the tree, growing our roots down into the earth, strengthening our trunk, and reaching our branches up to the sky, we proclaim our place in this universe. Part cosmic being and part earthly mammal; our existence is at once both a mystery and a miracle.
The tree also reminds us that for everything there is a time and a season. In spring, the tree flowers, and in fall, she lets her leaves go and prepares for the winter season ahead. Likewise, everything we experience in life has a natural beginning, middle, and end. The more we approach life's natural transitions with equanimity and even joy, the easier we grow.
Ka Lā Hiki Ola - The Dawning of a New Day
Our lives are set against a backdrop of constant change. Each day, we are given another opportunity to practice creating balance with hopeful anticipation for a bright and fruitful future.
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