Wednesday, September 22, 2010

september, thy intention is compassion

i was really excited to find an opening in my schedule to take a yoga class at one of the studios i teach at. i try to fit in studio practices whenever i can and had not been able to make this one in a long time. so i ran, not walked, to the studio happily toting my hot pink mat. before practice started, the teacher guided us through a mini-meditation that focused on loving and caring for yourself.  she explained how september is a time for transition - everything from toddlers going to school for the first time to fall making an appearance - and during these times we need to pay special attention to how our minds and bodies react.  she encouraged us to go deep inside our ourselves and sit with our intentions and feelings. i had a lot going on in there, let me tell you!  i never realized how transitional this time truly is.  and its more than just my practice.  i have a lot changing around me... classes and schedule changes, being in between traveling, big birthday for the hubby coming up, among other things. 

so let's all make a pact with ourselves to honor this time of change.

how can we do this?

*journal our feelings and experiences to create awareness
*know when to take savasana instead of sun salutations
*plan one personal indulgence a week - a bath, a movie in bed, a glass of wine with friends or catching up on some reading at starbucks
*solo drive
*meditate on the intention of compassion
* or if you can swing it, a weekend jaunt to someplace fun

what are some things you do to take care of yourself and show a lil love?



  1. I have had a lot of changes in the last few days. Some of it heart-wrenching but good. So, I am trying to show myself love by cooking good stuff, spending time with people I love, mediating(super hard for me) and taking deep breathes.

  2. love those!! times like this are when we need our compassion the most. self nourishment of the soul

  3. My journal and my yoga practice are the must-haves for me! Loving this post. :)

  4. September has been a transitional month for me as I started YTT! I'm so excited! I have a lot of work ahead of me - but this post is a good reminder to also take time out for me. I've got one day left of September - so I'll be sure to plan something special for tomorrow.

  5. congrats on YTT! you'll LOVE it!