I'm not sure who coined the phrase of the moment, "September is the new January," but I love it. In fact, September has always been my January. The anticipation of a new start, the fresh supplies, and the return to routine fill me with both an eager determination and a wistful mourning. For, as much as September is a time of beginnings, it's also a time of transition.
Summer's heat and hours spent lounging by the water give way to dropping temperatures and adjusting to shorter days with packed schedules. As tans fade, so does the vacation vibe, and it's easy to get caught up in the frenzy and, even before October hits, experience burn out. Or, we can take a different approach and transition smoothly into autumn.
How we flow from one asana to the next gives us some insight into how we can move into this next season and the next stage of our lives. Here's what I'm practicing on my mat, sharing with my students, and living with my family:
Historically speaking, September is the start of a season that has been challenging for me so I’m looking forward to contemplating these inquiries during the time I’ve scheduled for personal study, exploring the topics of focus, foundation, fluidity, and fluency in my classes, and implementing the self-care strategies with my family. May these principles and practices be of value and use to you and the people you care for, and may you move with ease and an ever-expanding sense of possibility into the next stage of your becoming.