A Fall Equinox Flow For Finding Your Balance

9 soothing yoga poses to help you ground and center while honoring the seasonal shift.The 2020 fall equinox is on September 22. Aside from being a regular seasonal and astrological shift, this time of year also has a strong practical and spiritual significance.These final days of summer carry an energy of brilliant abundance, bountiful gardens, perfect sunsets, and a satisfying feeling of completion. In a simpler society, this was the time to take stock of the harvest, draw inward, and preserve resources for the coming winter.Over the years, I’ve shaped my yoga and spiritual teachings around these primal and innate connections to the Earth’s consciousness. By deepening our awareness of these seasonal energies and planetary shifts, we are connecting to something larger. We are plugging into the inherent wisdom of the Earth. We can utilize that connection in our spiritual and self-care practices.For an eco-friendly yoga mat for your practice, try Ajna Eco Organic Yoga MatHarnessing Fall…

Watch Taquarius Wair Accept the ESPYs' Jimmy V Award For Perseverance in a Powerful Clip

At 3 a.m. on March 22, 2005, 4-year-old Taquarius Wair endured a life-changing house fire that resulted in severe burns across his body and the loss of all the fingers on his left hand. The fire, which also took the life of Wair's 6-year-old sister Shawnee, has had a lasting impact on him and his family. After slipping into a coma for a month, Wair was given just a 20 percent chance of survival and underwent numerous medical procedures including skin grafts and reconstructive surgery, according to ESPN. Despite the devastation Wair suffered at such a young age, the now-19-year-old college student has managed to channel all that he's learned over the years into an unmatched passion for football.

"A lot of people look at me and don't think I'm normal," Wair said in his acceptance video during the 2020 ESPYs. "When I'm on the field, I'm just like everybody else. It don't matter . . . My life became memorable when I found football. They put the ball in my hands, it was over from there . . . I put that helmet on, walked onto the field. I was just like everybody else out there."

"I use the phrase 'Don't give up' in my life every day, and I will continue to do so in the fight for my dream."

Despite being held back by past coaches because of the incident, Wair has remained dedicated to the sport. In honor of Wair's passion and determination, Seattle Seahawks linebacker Shaquem Griffin virtually presented the young athlete with the ESPYs' Jimmy V Award For Perseverance on June 21. The award, which was instituted in 2007, is named after North Carolina State University basketball coach Jim Valvano, who gave a moving speech during his acceptance of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 1993 ESPYs. At the time, Valvano had just months left to live after being diagnosed with glandular cancer.

"It is an honor to receive the Jimmy V Award For Perseverance and humbling to be on a list with the previous recipients," Wair said. "I use the phrase 'Don't give up' in my life every day, and I will continue to do so in the fight for my dream."

In August 2019, the Minnesota Vikings hosted Wair and his family at US Bank Stadium and featured him as the evening's Hometown Hero during a game against the Seattle Seahawks. Wair is now a rising sophomore at Mesabi Range College and plans to continue training until he's eligible to be drafted into the NFL. "I just want to be successful," he said. "Keep moving. Keep your head up. You might have some ups and downs, [but] just don't give up. Follow your dreams . . . I chase what I believe in and I'm here. Let's see where I can go from here. Stay tuned."

via POPSUGAR Fitness


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