08/26/2012 11:05 am ET Updated Oct 26, 2012

Fall Back Into School Mode With This Yoga Practice


Fall is the perfect time to rely upon your yoga practice to help you prepare for the change of seasons. Summer is all about fun and games, back bends and hand stands and playing outside. It can be hard to focus and hone in on the more productive work mode that seems to hit hard come September.

As the weather takes a turn, it's important to keep a light, sunny summer attitude as we bring our attention more inward and prepare to hunker down for the colder months ahead. We want to keep our hearts open and not fall in to slouched shoulders and rounded forward posture. We also want to feed ourselves a very nourishing, grounding practice that can sustain us when the temps drop and the days get shorter.

In this yoga sequence we start with eagle pose for focus and concentration. Then, we move to half moon pose to keep our sunlight shining before we fall back into warrior II pose to ground our stance and prepare for battling the workload ahead. Once we feel steady, we shoot forward in to our future in warrior III, knowing we're prepared to take on any challenges ahead of us.

Practice the sequence three times through on each side and you'll feel stable, confident, and prepared, yet still lighthearted and full of sunshine within as you welcome the fall.

Back To School Yoga

You can add this sequence to a yoga practice of sun salutations or just do it on its own. Then pour yourself a mug of hot spiced cider and welcome in the beautiful autumn days.

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