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Fall Equinox Transitions + Free Video: Autumn Yoga Nidra Guided Relaxation

Fall Equinox Transitions + Free Video: Autumn Yoga Nidra Guided Relaxation

The only constant is change. And I could not be more excited for my favorite season to start today! Just like nature, our environment is always changing and we need to be able to adjust and adapt to change along with it. 

What is the Fall Equinox?

Happy Fall Equinox, y’all! (Today is also my sister’s birthday!) 

Today, day and night will be nearly equal (12 hours each) everywhere around the world. Here in the northern hemisphere, it is the first day of Autumn and in the southern hemisphere, it is the first day of Spring. In fact, the word “equinox” is derived from Latin meaning “equal night.” 

Why/How do leaves change color in the Fall?

I recently learned from a Forestry friend why leaves (on deciduous trees anyways) change color every fall. Basically, during the Spring and Summer, leaves are the food source for trees to grow by using chlorophyll - which gives leaves their green color - which absorbs sunlight to help turn water and carbon dioxide to carbohydrates (sugar and starch). 

The trees sense changes in daylight and temperature (called plant perception or plant gnosophysiology) in the fall which slows down and eventually stops making food. The chlorophyll disappears to reveal the true red, oranges, yellows and purples of the leaves for a short time until they fall off so the tree can become dormant during winter. Read more in this SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry article. 

How can I connect my mind/body/yoga practice with Autumn?

Enjoy this 15 minute Autumn Yoga Nidra guided relaxation to help you rest,  relax and discover deeper layers of yourself. Make sure you subscribe to my channel on youtube to let me know y’all are watching these and want me to make more nature, yoga, mindfulness and meditation videos!

Truly appreciate and connect with this natural phenomenon during one of our uniquely Asheville yoga hikes with mountains and waterfalls. October dates are filling up fast because this season is predicted to be extra beautiful according to Explore Asheville and Romantic Asheville Fall color forecasts! 

So just like those beautiful leaves, now is a good time to work on letting go of things that no longer serve you so you can reveal your own true, brilliant colors! 

Transitions can be tough.

Personally I feel like I’ve been making major transitions nonstop for the past few years! (And I wouldn’t have it any other way!) The most major ones include quitting my corporate job, traveling & volunteering around the world, starting and ending relationships, doing both my 200 and 300 hour yoga training, moving from Florida to South Carolina to North Carolina, starting and growing this business and now building a house! Yoga, meditation, mindfulness have seriously given me so much more energy and confidence to survive and thrive during these changes.

I’ve learned several times that a little time away from your ruts and routines spent learning, laughing, relaxing and sharing with a welcoming, supportive group is the perfect way to help you:

  • Prepare for a fresh, new year

  • Navigate physical & emotional changes

  • Change your career or lifestyle

  • Overcome life’s unexpected obstacles 

  • Treat yourself to some much-needed self-care

Join Rosie Mulford and Miranda Peterson for a wonderful women’s yoga weekend retreat at scenic Lake Logan, just 45 minutes west of Asheville.

Enjoy two energizing morning classes and reflect on lessons learned in 2019 with Rosie. Miranda will teach two evening yin & nidra classes and help you determine your ideal theme word to guide you through 2020. You’ll also have plenty of time to relax, journal, reflect, and enjoy an optional guided hike.

Snuggle into comfy, lake-side cabins and nourish yourself with healthy meals surrounded by the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. We recommend reading Life’s Greatest Lessons by Hal Urban prior to the retreat but it is not mandatory. We will have some yoga mats available but advise bringing your own.

All yoga skill levels are welcome.


Overnight registration fees include two nights’ lodging, five delicious and healthy meals, program fees, a journal, and all applicable taxes.

Single Occupancy     $496

Double Occupancy   $446

We believe you will get the most out of this retreat if you spend the night and strongly encourage that option; however, we understand that some people prefer to commute from home and wish to provide that option. Commuter registration fees include five delicious and healthy meals, program fees, a journal, and all applicable taxes.

Commuter                   $300

Rosie (E-RYT500) took her first yoga class from Eve Diskin in 1974, started teaching yoga shortly after that and is an experienced runner and ballet dancer. As an adult, she practiced yoga under the guidance of Jimmy Barkan for ten years in Fort Lauderdale and has enjoyed teaching in Asheville since 2005, specializing in warm power flows at Asheville Yoga Center. She’s a wife and mother and recently started an Ayurvedic Kombucha business called Yoga Bucha

Miranda (RYT200) quit a successful yet stressful corporate advertising career in 2015 followed by a sabbatical traveling and volunteering across 4 continents. She completed her yoga teacher training in traditional Hatha yoga in India and currently teaches classes at Asheville Yoga Center, specializing in Flow, Yin and Nidra. She owns & operates Namaste in Nature, an outdoor yoga & hiking business based in Asheville, NC and is a creative consultant for health & wellness businesses.

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