I’ve been planning a relaunch of two classes- one in a new evening slot- and a brand-new one. It’s really exciting to plan for gorgeous yin and restorative yoga, sorting out battery candles (real ones aren’t allowed in the venue), write a nidra script…
There’s definitely an autumnal feel to the evenings and the early mornings just now. We’re all getting ready to go back to school, in a way- the swallows are gathering on the phone wires, the politicians are gathering in Westminster, and anyone involved with education is preparing to start the new term, whether teaching, attending, or on the school run. It’s a time of change and transition, a time of new beginnings just as the natural world looks as if it’s starting to shut down.
Resolutions can be made in September, it’s a kind of new year after all, and for me the autumn has always been the time to make new starts. I’m rested after the holidays, ready to get back to being productive, and often inspired by the hours of dreaming in the warm sunshine. (It doesn’t feel like we have had very much warm sunshine, but with a couple of trips in the van I have had plenty of time to dream anyway.) So this autumn, I’m looking forward to getting back into college, to starting new yoga classes, and to resetting my own routines and habits- shedding (or trimming, at least) the bad, and making more of the good.
Santosha can be loosely described as contentment. I’m in a good place at the moment and am finding santosha in much of my life. I feel more and more that I am working within my dharma, fighting less to fit into a mould that doesn’t suit me. My resolution this autumn is to stay on this path, to make it more and more viable, and to enjoy and appreciate the journey. What’s yours?