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Sep 28

Ease into Autumn

Posted by Melanie in Ayurveda, Uncategorized

Fall is here on the calendar having just passed the Autumn equinox this past week. The weather man is promising that we will soon be feeling the relief of cooler days soon as well. In the farmers market apples, pears, squash and pumpkins are replacing tomatoes and berries. Transitions are underway with students going back to school and particularly here in DC, politicians preparing for elections.

In Ayurveda the ancient indian science of wellness, Autumn is the Vata Season.  Vata is associated with the elements of air and space. Autumn is a yin season and is associated with physical, emotional, and spiritual transformation. It is a time for letting go and releasing the things that are not serving you. Vata is aggravated by feelings of fear and insecurity. This makes fall an excellent time to turn inward, create a space for stillness, seek balance. Fall is a good time to undertake a dietary cleanse to eliminate toxins in the body and mind.

As the weather becomes cooler and dryer characteristics of vata increase for all doshas. You might notice your skin getting drier, your mind may become more scattered. The seasonal change may bring on more instances of cold and flu.
The cooler drier fall days should be balanced by a warming, oily and nurturing diet and daily routine.

As the weather turns cooler, Ayurveda tells us that we should eat less iced and cold food and drinks and less dry foods like dried fruits, crackers and bread. Warm grounding foods like soups and stews and root vegetables are recommended. Steamed greens are preferred over salads. Cooked foods are preferred over raw foods in the fall.
Warming spices like cinnamon, cardamon, ginger, cumin, cloves and corriander should be used in your cooking.

Specific yoga asanas are recommended for the fall as well. Grounding poses Inverted poses, including down dog, twists, slow sun salutations will soothe a scattered mind. Ayurveda suggests holding poses longer than you are normally inclined to.

I am embracing the fall by catching up with needed health appointments, clearing clutter from my home and office trying to reestablish an outdoor running habit and making sure to include at least one weekly yin yoga practice.

Do you have a particular autumn ritual? Please share how you greet the shifting seasons.

Photo by Catchesthelight on Flickr via CC license

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