I think our warm autumn is now officially behind us. The days are getting cooler, the nights are getting darker and the leaves are starting to fall off the trees. As the weather changes from warm to cool, it’s normal to feel stressed and frazzled as we shift into a new season with new routines and say goodbye to habits we may have formed in the summer.
Change is stressful for anyone, no matter what the situation – so, remember not to be hard on yourself!
If you’re feeling stressed or frazzled (or both) take five minutes to breathe and recharge with these three grounding yoga poses:
1. Tree pose: tree pose is helpful for improving concentration and coordination. It helps you feel stable and builds confidence. Remember to breathe as you settle into this pose. If you can’t bring your foot to the inner thigh, let it rest on your ankle. If you’re having trouble balancing, feel free to rest one hand on a wall for support with the other hand on your hip.2. Staff pose: staff pose might seem like an easy pose, but it takes a lot of strength to keep a straight posture as you extend your legs and ground them to the floor. If you can’t fully extend your legs, allow a slight bend in your knees, or even sit with your back against a wall. This pose is a very grounding pose and can be great for meditating. Close your eyes and breathe!
3. Child’s pose: child’s pose is one of the most relaxing poses and is great for when you just need to take a break and relax. Simply kneel on the floor, touch your big toes together and sit your bum on your heels as you separate your knees a couple inches wider than your hips. Let your tummy rest on your thighs and let your arms rest beside your body or stretch them out in front of you. If your knees are sensitive, add some extra cushioning underneath them.
Do you feel grounded?
Now, make a point to practice these grounding poses in some stylish yoga outfits that are perfect for the autumn weather. Because, as the saying goes “look good, feel good.”
In the above photos I’m wearing a handful of items from the Onzie collection at Sport Chek, including the matching Onzie Marble Ritz Bra and Leggings, and the Onzie Drapey V-Back Shirt (which is super soft and breathable). Post yoga, I threw on the Onzie Tulip Back Cowl Neck Sweater to take my look from studio to the streets. I love how versatile this look is and I love the open-back to show off the bra. I also like how I can easily pair both the shirt and sweater with a pair of jeans and cute boots – these pieces are not just for the gym.
There are a few other awesome fall-inspired studio to street looks at Sport Check, including: the Lorna Jane Active Core Stability Tights and the Oversized Long Sleeve Shirt, and the Alo Moto Leggings with the Soleil Long Sleeve Shirt (I love that it’s cropped!). What are you favourite fall-inspired yoga clothes?