Autumn winds & Vata ways
A walk through the beautiful autumn leaves.
A bowl of delicious warming soup.
Curling up on the couch with your favourite book.
Or ... time out for yourself to breathe, relax & restore at Yoga class.
A few simple tips for Autumn that'll help get us into some grounding & doable routines ahead of winter.
Autumn is regarded as a 'Vata' season in Ayurvedic lifestyle terms; one where qualities such as dry, rough, windy, erratic, cool, subtle & clear abound, inside us but also around us. So it's a great time to start looking after the joints & keep everything moving & juicy for the colder months ahead.
Stay warm - yes, start to wrap & rug up but also keep up with your regular exercise regime & your regular Yoga class or practice. A brisk walk with the dog & kids, a nice jog with friends through the glorious Autumn sunshine & carpets of colourful leaves or a bike ride with your partner along the canal, sea-front or your nearest park all keep the blood pumping, boost your immune system & help stave off the winter blues.
Food - think root vegetable soups like pumpkin, crunchy apples, fresh or stewed with warming spices like cinnamon, ginger & cardamom, a Moroccan-style chickpea & root vegetable stew, fresh homemade ginger tea with maybe a homemade seedy nutty flapjack & other warm, delectable & wholesome foods that Mother Nature provides for us as always at the right time ;-).
Sinuses/lungs - try a Neti Pot to help keep your sinuses clear & reduce inflammation (or for the same effect but a more modern & convenient version, try NeilMed Sinus Rinse, available in Boots & other pharmacies). Also keep up with your Pranayama practices; being able to breathe deeply, fully & calmly is an all-year round mind-body toolkit must-have.
Meditation - the colder months provide us with a natural opportunity to turn inwards, so take a little time to experience stillness & engage with yourself fully & quietly even for a few minutes, whether first thing in the morning or later in the evening. Relaxation techniques like meditation have been shown to dramatically decrease the need for healthcare visits & interventions, which is a great reason to pull out the Yoga mat or meditation cushion...
Yoga asana practice - think warming Sun Salutations, Side Stretches, Back Bends & Twists. Try a local class; connecting with others is a great way to rouse ourselves in the colder months to get out & about & stay in touch with people too.
Stay well, stay warm, stay active.