Welcome to the Season of Change!
We are slowly transitioning from the summer season, which has pitta qualities, to the fall season, which has vata qualities. (Not sure what pitta and vata are? They are both doshas. Click here for a super quick intro to the doshas!)
Transition means change, and we humans are not always so good with change!
You don’t need to worry just yet, though! Read on for Ayurveda practices that will help you float into your fall transition with ease, calm, and confidence.
Vata dosha consists of air + space elements. These elements are strongest over the course of the day during 2-6am and 2-6pm. Vata is essential for wellbeing in the colon, skin, ears, and nervous system. Vata lends movement to our bodies and minds, especially playfulness, creativity, and a willingness to change.
How to Prepare for the Change of Season
The best time for an Ayurveda Cleanse is during the change of seasons. It is helpful for drawing the excess heat (pitta) from summer out of our bodies and preparing us for the cooler (vata) season. A diet of Kitchari (rice, lentils & spices) is the base for a traditional Ayurveda Cleanse, as this easy to digest meal helps give the digestive system a rest. Herbs are included to kickstart a cleanse all the organs of the body.
Ayurveda Cleanses are meant to be undertaken in an environment of self-care and rest. It is a nourishing and rejuvenating practice!
Yoga 216 is hosting an Ayurveda Cleanse, led by Chinnamasta Stiles, Yoga 216 Ayurveda Practitioner, October 27-30, 2017.
If you’re new to Ayurveda Cleanses and curious about what the experience can do for you, I recommend signing up for an Introductory Ayurveda Consultation. It’s a 30-min session in which you can ask all your initial questions about Ayurveda and the cleanse, and I’ll assess the appropriateness of the cleanse for you at this time.
How to Keep Vata Balanced during the Fall Season
A set schedule is key to keeping grounded and focused! If you find it difficult to complete projects or stay on task, now is the time to set a routine and really stick with it. Start by setting a regular time to wake, eat, and sleep each day.
Nourish the body with food that is in season! Drink and eat warm foods that have elements of earth and water –and some fire. It is the season to satisfy yourself with soups, broths, root vegetables, and teas!
WARMTH & SERENITY
Self massage time! In Ayurveda, it’s called self-abhyanga. Abhyanga uses warm oil and long strokes to soothe and ground the entire being.
The best base oil to use in the fall season is sesame oil. It can be mixed with any essential oil that gives you serenity (lavender, vetiver, clary sage are good ones to try).
Warm the oil before massaging the entire body with the oil. After your self-massage, hop into the shower or bath and rinse with water only. In the fall, it’s best to do self-abhyanga before bedtime.
Now might be the time to take a heated yoga class, as it is important to stay warm during the cooler season. (Of course, if you tend to have an abundance of pitta, the heated environment may be unnecessary, as your practice can warm you sufficiently.)
A steady, gentle practice is best to calm vata.
Slow, soft sounds; low pitched tones; easy rhythms; bass, cello, viola, saxophone, steady beat of soft drum; Gregorian chants, Baroque, Bach, Haydn; folk music, waltzes, standard ballroom music.
WEAR THESE CRYSTALS & GEMS
Emerald, peridot, jade, malachite, pearl, moonstone, milky quartz, iridescent opal, gold.
SURROUND YOURSELF WITH THESE COLORS
Warm, muted, calming colors like: gold, orange, yellow; greenish or bluish white; deep purple, indigo; brown, in moderation. Avoid bright red.
How to Bring These Practices into Your Life
Be bold and experiment! Listen to your needs and refer to this list to test out whether the tools serve you.
And if wild + free experimentation isn’t your thing, consider joining us this November for our Next Level workshop The Flow!
The Flow offers an in-depth introduction into Ayurveda, breathing, and meditation practices for body-mind wellness that lasts! You’ll be guided every step of the way, and leave the workshop with the courage to experiment –not with abandon, but with care + intelligence!
Be well my friends!