We are affected by cycles and yet we live in a society that expects us to be superwoman every day, 24 hours a day. This page is all about respecting your cycles and responding to them in your yoga practice.
I originally conceived of this series in relation to the menstrual cycle, but you can tune into how you feel in your day (the circadian cycle over 24 hours), your energy levels in the moment, or, if you no longer have a cycle, connecting to the waxing and waning of the moon or your overall life stage (e.g. entering menopause while juggling teenagers and aging parents).
In terms of the menstrual cycle, your Inner Winter starts on the first day of your period and lasts approximately Days 1-7; Inner Spring signals a rise in energy for many over Days 8-14; Inner Summer is heralded by ovulation and that "I can conquer the world" feeling Days 15-21; Inner Autumn may mean you draw into yourself and hear the inner critic speaking loudly on Days 22-28. Of course, women's cycles vary and so the length of each of your seasons may differ, just as how you may experience them may differ from mine.
The videos below aim to show how your practice may change according to how you feel, rather than sticking to a rigid style of yoga or set routine all month. Please pay attention to your body and follow what feels good. You may want to do quite a different practice than I have done for a particular season. For the heaviest days of your bleed you may wish to meditate or listen to a yoga nidra, rather than do an asana practice. Experiment, play, trust your instincts.... enjoy!
If you like these videos, you may find interesting material on my Red Tent page - about a woman's group where we practise cycle awareness & useful resources - or want to join the Red Tent facebook page for interesting related content.
I would love you to email me any comments about the videos at [email protected] or leave a comment on YouTube.
Winter: a time to slow down and rest (30 minute practice)
Spring: increasing energy and a focus on cherishing yourself (30 minute practice)
Summer: a standing practice to stay invigorated and harness your strength (17 minute)
Autumn: utilising your inner critique to bring precision to a lying practice (20 minute practice)
Thank you for watching! Please send any comments to [email protected] - I would love to hear them.