I love the changing of the seasons, and I have to admit that fall is my favorite time of year. Not only because I prefer cool weather, but also because fall ushers in a time of introspection, relaxation and hibernation. Each new changing season brings something new and fresh, but the change also invites us to remember and celebrate that which never changes. Fall, to me, is a time to practice the power of the pause: stopping and reflecting, not as a replacement for our daily doing, but stopping and reflecting throughout our daily doing. Welcoming and surrendering to change and, at the same time, honoring and staying rooted in that which always stays the same.

Summer officially turns into fall on September 23 this year, but to keep our Sunday celebration tradition, Rishi yogis will welcome the fall on Sunday, September 28 (9 am to 10:15 am), with a challenging and meditative practice of 108 sun salutations. Each of the nine rounds of 12 sun salutations is preceded by a dedication. This is not a practice of distancing oneself from the mundane world or rejecting what we deem “unspiritual.” It’s a practice of recalling our divinity through the embrace of our beautiful human mess.

The goal of this practice is not to complete 108 sun salutations, but to simply be part of the intention not to better ourselves, but to accept ourselves as we are. As I often say in my classes, this is not a self-improvement course, but a course in radical self-acceptance. And part of that self-acceptance process is seeing that spirit is not just in things we have labeled as spiritual, but in everything because spirit IS everything. This is why some of the music we practice to is not the music you’d expect in a typical yoga class!

Join me and the rest of the Rishi family in this celebration and you might just remember that “everything still turns to gold,” as Led Zeppelin sang. Maybe this is another reason why I love the fall and its golden leaves.

With love and gratitude,

Jelena