The end of summer is near, and with it brings the cool breeze and shifting temperatures of the fall. This time of year brings a time of transition into our routines and daily lives, with kids going back to school and days beginning to get shorter. Finding practices—like yoga—that help to bring you stability during the fluctuations of your life can help keep you grounded.
Just as trees grow roots to help them maintain a strong foundation, you too can grow stronger during this time of transition. Try this standing pose, Tadasana (or mountain pose), for inner and outer strength and stability:
- Stand up straight, with your feet hip distance apart.
- Balance your weight on all four corners of your feet.
- Engage your thigh muscles and lengthen the spine up, towards the sky.
- Allow your arms to rest a few inches from your sides, palms forward.
- Broaden through your chest as you lift up through the crown of your head.
- Take a few deep breaths, feeling the steadiness of your legs. Imagine the winds of change fluttering all around you as you maintain perfect balance of breath, body, mind and spirit.
Nicole Lovald is a life coach and yogi, and the owner of Spirit of the Lake Yoga and Wellness Center in Excelsior. Her first book, Om Sweet Om, was published in November.