8 Ways to Make the Most of Fall


By Mary Yeotsas Van de Graaf

If you find yourself in a yoga class this fall, you might hear the teacher talk about how autumn is a season of unrest, and how it is normal to feel scattered and out of balance this time of year. This comes from Aruyvedic philosophy linking seasons to doshas, and without going into too many details, the gist of it is that fall is a time of transition, and therefore people can feel unbalanced around this time.

As a practicing yogi who has heard this year after year come fall, I always find this confusing and odd, mainly because I tend to feel most in balance and at peace during this time. Maybe it is because fall signals the return to a routine, to traditions, and offers the chance to start anew. Fall is the time that everything starts up again — school, activities, my husband’s glee club rehearsals (and thus my weekly session of me-time). It is a time to put away the summer clothes, pull out the blankets, and gear up for the coming year.

Every fall, my mind wanders back to freshly sharpened pencils and shiny new Lisa Frank trapper keepers. A fresh start, if you ask me! So, when it comes to yogic philosophy (and any other philosophy), I say, throw it out the window if it doesn’t work for you. Focus on the things that do work for you.

To me, fall brings with it a wonderful feeling of possibility for all that is ahead. Not to mention, beautiful foliage, crisp weather, and the opportunity to bust out the layers. Every day as I step outside, I feel like I am channeling the writer, Mary Ann Evans (who went by the male pen name, George Eliot) when she writes, “Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” I couldn’t have put it better myself, Mary Ann. And bonus, the most festive time of the year is just around the corner!

So, as I think about ways to find joy in this brief but wondrous season, here are a few ideas for how to soak it all up before it passes you by:

1. Clean out your closet.

Take a page from Marie Kondo’s book, and take everything out of your closet and put it in a pile on the floor. Pick up every item and decide whether it brings you joy. If it doesn’t, it goes.

2. Go shopping in your newly cleaned closet!

Fall is the perfect time to refresh your look. In lieu of spending money, dust off your scarf collection, look through your newly curated wardrobe, and see what you can incorporate into a new outfit. Luckily, scarves are always in style.

3. Go apple picking.

Or pumpkin picking. Or just hang around in nature! Take a road trip (or train trip) and visit an apple orchard nearby.

4. Bake a pie with said apples.

Or a crumble if pie seems too ambitious. There is nothing like the smell of freshly baked crumble.

5. Create a simmer pot on a Sunday afternoon to cozy up your home.

Add cinnamon sticks, orange rinds, cloves and vanilla to a pot and boil. Curl up with a blanket and a good book. Insta-fall!

6. Have a football party!

Regardless of whether you are a sports fan, nothing says friendship and fall quite like getting the gang together on a Sunday afternoon for snacks and laughs. Make some 7-layer dip, go wild.

7. Visit a farmers market.

Order a cup of hot apple cider. Buy some mini pumpkins and gourds.

8. Give the gift of pumpkin.

Send your best friend (or mom, or sister, or grandma) a mini pumpkin wrapped in bubble wrap along with a sweet note telling her how much you love her.

Whatever brings you joy this fall season, take a moment to stop, reflect, and soak up the beauty of the season. Don’t let yogic (or anyone else’s) philosophy get you down. Ponder the wisdom of Emily Bronte when she writes, “Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree,” and find your bliss in every fluttering leaf.


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One thought on “8 Ways to Make the Most of Fall

  1. Jenny Stephens says:

    Great ideas – it’s nice seeing people appreciating every season. I love being in Germany at this time of year, with all the colourful leaves falling off the trees and an icy breeze to signal that Winter is coming. It’s nice to stock up on warm clothes for the colder months too!


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