At Ashtanga Yoga Buffalo, the crew has watched sunlight slip further away. Our practice time is the same but mother nature is shifting the deeper rhythms, and the yogis know it. They observe the rotation of our earth by paying attention the moon and sun. At AYB we’ve marked these shifts by trees modeling new clothes through the shala windows and the deep steady way our bodies adjust to colder temperatures. Buffalonians have a dynamic experience with the seasons, especially winter. One experience is a pain in the dupa (butt in Polish). However, the yogi practices embodying gratitude for the powerful communication of mother earth and the galaxy.

A student remarked on how beautiful the morning was. It was moist, warmer, and smelled of wet leaves.Yes! We smiled, reliving our sweet experience of the day’s first inhale. After steady practice, when the nervous system down-regulates, we’re able to re imagine a potentially negative experience. This is an active practice for sure, at first. When the weather is bad it’s nice to tune into small comforts. You may have a sweater you love or a scarf. Try really feeling into textures and getting excited to wear the article of clothing before practice. Happy lights really help when sunlight isn’t plentiful.

Saturday marks this month’s full moon in Cancer, the sign of big emotions. At first, parts of me were decimated in 2018. I learned a lot about the nature of destruction, the power of my connection to the feminine, Kali, love, and the careful way one can put herself back together. It’s been a big year and I know this has been the reality for many us. I am still swept up by the energy of our culture. But, the yogi I strive to be, is outside of the capitalist hubbub and observing the deeper rhythms of the seasons. The yogi says, here is the dark, your family is near, relax, love, practice generosity, reflect, and breath in the new year.

“For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end.”
Michelle Obama, Becoming

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