School’s started! The leaves are just beginning to change, yellow busses are back on the road, college kids have moved into their dorm rooms, and the Target sales on composition notebooks and locker decorations have come and gone. But it’s not just a fresh start for kids starting a new year at elementary school, or junior high, or college. It can be a fresh start for us, too: whether that means leaving a habit we hate behind in the dust or making a goal to make this autumn our happiest few months yet.
After all, yoga celebrates new beginnings – every day you spend on the mat or meditating is an opportunity to become a new self. As the leaves change, the school bus trundles up the street, and the composition books sell out at Target, find these three poses to invite new beginnings into your life.
After a warmup of 5 Sun Salutation As and 3 Sun Salutation Bs, rest in Downard-Facing dog before finding:
Three-legged downward dog
This pose offers a playful balance between strength and grace. As an added bonus, it circulates new energy into the hips. Take care to square your shoulders towards the front of the room and allow your hips to open to fresh energy.
After a Warrior I, transition into Humble Warrior. Practice three-legged downward dog on the other side. Then, take:
It can be tempting to allow your arms to float back towards your hips in order to stay grounded in this pose. Be brave! Extend your arms forward, towards the future and all of its opportunities. Invite power, stability, and courage into your practice. Keep your palms facing the floor for an added sense of grounding and opening through the shoulders.
Sink your right leg back into a Crescent Lunge, rest in Downward-Facing Dog, and repeat Warrior 3 on the other side. Then take:
This exciting (yet firmly grounded) pose turns your perspective upside down and allow fresh blood to circulate through your head. That invites fresh ideas to your mind – and let’s face it, looking at the world upside-down is always playful and refreshing thing. Be sure to keep a tiny bit of space between forehead and mat to keep strain off of your neck.
Take ownership of this new beginning. Whether you're trying to kick a habit you hate, start a new ritual, or just find a fresh perspective for autumn, we hope you create a peaceful, energizing, and playful start to the new season!
Anna Squires studies political science, journalism, and creative writing at Colorado College. There is nothing she enjoys more in a yoga class than laughing so hard she falls out of a pose, especially since then she doesn’t have to hold it anymore. She hails from Atlanta, GA.