Happy Autumn Equinox

The Autumn Equinox reminds us to balance all parts of ourselves, the active and the passive, the known and the unknown, the outer journey and the inner journey, the seen and the unseen, the logical and the intuitive, the conscious and unconscious. From this place of Unity new doors open, new directions and new possibilities are revealed.”  Adapted from “The Alchemist’s Journey” by Glennie Kindred1

Autumn is a great time to turn inwards and reflect on what is important and where you might be out of balance. Yoga and meditation is a great practice to help this phase of rest, contemplation and renewal.
According to Ayurveda, we need to adapt to the change in seasons, as nature does, otherwise it’s hard to stay grounded during this time of change, wind and vata aggravation, and illness occurs.
Have you felt a little nervous, anxious, or difficulty focusing?  Are your bones and joints feeling a little achy?
A dedicated yoga practice at the same time everyday will also help us to stay grounded and calm the chaotic vata energy.2

Autumn in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is all about the metal elements i.e. minerals and salts and affects the lungs, large intestines, nose and mucus as well as worry, grief and sorrow.

Although a little wetter and warmer than usual so far, the lungs protect us from the dry, wind and colder climate as we move towards winter and help reduce our vata aggravation by pulling in and refining the Qi, (energy) sending it downward to nourish our roots.1

The large intestine helps enthusiasm for life, but if congested, waste goes upwards and leads to sinus and head congestion, back stiffness, abdominal discomfort, cramping and lethargy.1

It’s therefore important to stoke the intestinal fire of our gut to reduce vata with heating breathwork, twists and heating poses and heart openers to open the lungs.

An autumn cleanse is perfect to help prepare our bodies for a fuller, richer and warming winter diet and more nurturing foods.

Limit congesting foods, such as meat, dairy, gluten, sugar and refined foods; slow down your eating and be more present and mindful.

Reduce overburdening foods like alcohol, fatty foods, fried oils, sweets and chemicals/preservatives.

Increase natural, alive, fresh foods, like fresh fruits, raw or lightly steamed veggies, leafy greens and whole grains to assist in good elimination and keep the intestines well-toned.

I have been practising yoga and meditation and doing the Nutrition talks for the 40 Day Revolution at Yogatime. It’s the perfect time for a full mental, emotional, spiritual and physical overhaul, preparing us for winter. See more tips on my blog post here.

Happy Autumn! 🍂🍁🍏🥒🍆🍠🥕🌽🥗🍲

References:

1 Dr Elson Haas http://livelighter.org/staying-healthy-in-autumn-part-1/

2http://www.gaiam.com/discover/806/article/yoga-seasons-autumn/

3 The American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

 

 

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