Fall brings upon much change within our lives and the environment around us. Dive into this post with me and we'll put on our Ayurvedic lenses to understand and create optimal healing potential within our bodies this fall! Let's live and explore AYUR-VIDA!!!
The elements that are increased during the season of fall are ether and air. The qualities of ether and air are cool, dry, rough, windy, and light. Next time you step out the door maybe you'll being to feel the cool, light, and dryness of the air, and feel the rough wind against your skin. You'll see the crisp light leaves on the ground and hear them crunching beneath your feet. Take a nice deep breath in of the crisp fresh air.
It's fall baby, so let us eat food and pick lifestyle choices that will oppose the qualities of cool, dry, rough, windy, and light with warmth, moisture, heavy, grounding qualities.
Cooked cold weather greens: collards, kale, and Swiss chard.
Warming spices: cinnamon, ginger, cumin, fennel
Meals that are warm in temperature and moist: soups, stews, casseroles, baked sweet potatoes, roasted vegetables/boiled vegetables garnished with oil and seasonings.
Foods to reduce:
Dry foods: chips and crackers
Lifestyle: Focus on routines
(The body functions at its optimal rate when routines are implemented in lifestyle)
Going to bed and waking up the same time everyday.
Drink warm water throughout the day.
Establish regular meal times to avoid skipping meals.
Keep your ears and neck covered in the wind and cold.
Daily Meditation (1x/day)
If you think you may be coming down with a cold, chop 1 clove of garlic and mix it with 1 teaspoon of organic raw honey, swallow and drink freshly boiled ginger tea.
Take time to relax, get enough rest, and nap if needed.
Consider exercises that are slow, gentle and strengthening such as yoga, tai chi, walking, biking, swimming, and hiking. Ideally, only using 50 to 70 percent of your compactly, breathing through your nose the entire time.
Optimal exercising times: 6-10am or 6-10pm
Halpern, Marc. Principles of Ayurvedic Medicine. 10th ed.
“Fall for Vata.” Banyan, www.banyanbotanicals.com/info/ayurvedic-living/living-ayurveda/seasonal-guides/autumn-guide/autumn-guide-vata/.
O'Donnell, Kate, and Cara Brostrom. The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook: a Seasonal Guide to Eating and Living Well. Shambhala, 2015.