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After a beautiful summer marked by two amazing Yoga Holiday With Paul retreats it can be hard to get into an autumn/winter routine.

As you may have noticed from my previous blog, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to navigate rainy days and other winter hazards! The secret is, I think, to embrace the seasonal changes and adapt our yoga (and hence our lifestyle) to them.

How do we do that?

The first thing is to release expectations. Those sticky, stubborn expectations creep up all the time. We promise ourselves we’ll do things a certain way, tick a certain number of items off our to-do list, look a certain way.

Instead of trying to maintain a summer schedule, let’s slow down and focus on what is important: yoga, friendship, hot cups of tea and cosy evenings with loved ones.

Winter can be a time to recharge and rejuvenate. It is an opportunity to rest, eat warming hearty whole foods, maybe clean out those cupboards you’ve been meaning to get to, or catch up on those books you’ve been wanting to read.

Let your yoga practice adapt to the season. Do more warm or hot yoga, make sure to do breath of fire on cold mornings! Treat yourself to a toasty new jacket or leggings for that dash to the studio. Relax, embrace the season and savour the changes.

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