Photo by Grant MacDonald

I am writing with the window open and the air feels and smells like Fall. How can summer be over already? New school supplies and clothes have been bought, backpacks are packed, we head out to meet new teachers and see old friends tomorrow.

Although Spring may be the season for new growth, Fall always carries within its crisp air the feeling of new possibilities and a clean slate.

Add some yoga into your life this Fall. Start with these beginner poses. Remember to breath three full breaths through your nose as you allow your body to relax into the stretch.

  • Plank Pose: Strengthens the arms and spine. Holding plank is a fantastic core strengthening exercise.

If you are thinking of beginning a yoga practice at a studio, it is helpful to know what is expected of you when you get to the studio. This list of yoga etiquette will help ease any fears of the unknown.
  • Remove your shoes
  • Turn off your cell phone – even a phone on vibrate will make noise in class during savasana.
  • Arrive on time – try to arrive 10 minutes early and skip the class if you are running 10 minutes late.
  • Don’t skip savasana – the final relaxation is an important (and sometimes the most challenging) part of practice.
Sometimes starting something new can be uncomfortable. Take some deep breaths, fill your stomach as you inhale and allow your stomach to sink upon the exhale. Then take that step into the unfamiliar – see where opening yourself up to possibilities will take you this school year.