It has been a couple of weeks since I've written a blog post.
My reasoning behind this is two fold:
1) the week before last, we focused on relaxing and unwinding to get us in the mood for half-term... hence, I was too busy relaxing and unwinding to bother writing a post about it!
2) Last week, I was actually manifesting that intention by flitting off to Sardinia for 5 days and leaving my stresses and worries behind!!
So this week I am back to it. And I felt so enriched after my trip, that it naturally inspired the intention for this week.
The definition of enrichment is: "the action of improving or enhancing the quality or value of something".
Therefore our yoga practice is designed to enrich us - to improve the quality of our mind, body and soul.
Focusing on asana (poses) to improve our physical being, and pranayama (breath) to improve us energetically and emotionally, our Yoga practice should always leave us feeling enriched rather than depleted and tired.
I feel that this is particularly important during the Autumn and Winter months when we need those little extra boosts of enrichment.
I went to visit a lovely Yogini friend of mine this weekend <3
And you would never guess what happens when you put two yoga-fanatics in a room together?! Yep - they talk about Yoga A LOT!!
After having explained to her that I have been feeling a little off my game with my practice recently, and the little practice that I have been doing has consisted of slow, gentle movements and breathing, she kindly reminded me that at this time of year we all start to slow down a bit! So how I was feeling was perfectly normal.
Being the beautiful soul that she is, she naturally inspired this week's intention by reiterating that our yoga practice should always nourish us - it should always only ever be what we need at the time.
So as we push forward full steam ahead in to October, and begin to think of ways we can keep ourselves nourished during the colder, shorter, darker days, let's make our yoga practice one of things that provides us with that nourishment.
I know that this week's intention may seem a little contradictory to last week's, but we all know that Yoga is about balance don't we?! And as fantastic as it is to keep our energy levels up by practicing yoga, it can also be as equally fantastic to snuggle up with a hot cocoa and a blanket at this time of year!
As the weather gets colder, we look for things that will help keep us warm - we drag our jumpers, scarves, gloves, hats and boots out of the wardrobe, and brush off the dust and spiders that may have found their home there!! We eat more warm, comforting foods, drink more hot drinks, and hot water bottles, slippers and thick socks begin to bring joy back in to our sun-less existence!!
Most of you who know me, know how much of a sun-worshiper I am! I despise the cold and love the heat. So I struggle A LOT in the Winter, as I know lots of us do. However, I also love this time of year - the gorgeous hues of reds and browns; leaves falling from trees; and I know some of you will wince at the mention of the "C" word, but the feeling that Christmas(!!) is only round the corner fills my heart and soul with excitement and happiness!
Ultimately, as we begin to feel the fresh, crisp chill of the Auntumn/Winter air, nothing can feel better than giving ourselves (and others) a great big warm hug!
So this week, we will be focusing on stoking our internal fire, and generating our own warm, cosy internal environment to help combat the external cold!