When you start to feel and see changes outside in nature, that’s the time to start to alter your routine to best support and keep your body in balance. Fall is Vata Season according the Ayurveda. Vata is dry, cool, clear, rough, windy, and changeable. Fall is a time of great transition.
What can you do to stay in balance?
- Use warm sesame oil for self-massage (abhyanga) in the morning before your shower.
- Add some sesame oil to your gums or if you do oil pulling try sesame if you’re into coconut.
- Apply oil to your soles, hands and scalp in the evening. Since I don’t wash my hair every day, I use a very small amount on my head.
- Consider eating cooked and mushy foods, cooked grains, soups, baked or roasted roots: beets, sweet potatoes, winter squashes.
- Avoid cold and raw foods like salads, morning smoothies, iced drinks.
- Food tastes to look into sweet, salty and sour (natural sweet and salty—not candy and chips.)
- Go to sleep early at the same time each night.
- Wake up at the same time each morning.
- Take brisk walks or gentle hikes and be sure to cover your ears and throat.
- Avoid excess—work, activity, loud music, over stimulation of any sort.
- Nurture and nourish yourself.
- Do some gentle yoga each morning and sit quietly for a few minutes each morning and night.
- Wear fall colors—browns, reds, oranges and yellows.
It’s challenging to do everything all at once so choose 1 or 2 at a time. Enjoy the changes. I’d love to hear about your experiences with changing routines so please comment below.
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