As explained in last month's article, the Fall equinox on September 23rd marked the beginning of the Yin season; a time when we begin to slow down a little after all the activities of the more active summer (Yang) season due to shorter days and cooler temperatures. Both are characteristics of the Yin season.
Letting go of the summer season can be difficult for some people. There can be feelings of grief over what appears to be a loss during this transition time as we move more inward both physically and mentally. I encourage you to embrace whatever feelings the season brings and be open to exploring what this time means to you. It's important to acknowledge and process our emotions as they arise so we can let go of them and continue to move forward. A meditation practice that incorporates a time of checking in with your emotional self can be useful. It can also be helpful to set an intention for the season that you remind yourself of each day. Perhaps acceptance of things as they are or compassion for yourself in a particular area of life or maybe practicing compassion with others.
A Yin routine that incorporates some back-bending poses such as Sphinx/Seal, Swan, Saddle, or Cat Tilt (pictured above) is a good way to stimulate your lung chi which will help you move through any feelings of loss you may be experiencing at this time. Below is a suggested routine for this time of year.