4 Ayurveda-Inspired Practices for the Fall Season

4 Ayurveda-Inspired Practices for the Fall Season
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Lena Schmidt

Finding balance and happiness are lifelong processes. The ancient medical system of Ayurveda can provide guidance and tips along the way, especially as the season changes.

According to Ayurvedic wisdom, as the days get shorter and darker, transitioning from Summer to Autumn, we’re moving out of pitta season and experience vata elements. In Ayurveda: The Science of Self-Healing Dr. Vasant Lad says vata is “light, subtle, dry, mobile, rough, and cold. So, in the fall season, which also exhibits these attributes, vata will tend to be aggravated in the human constitution.”

You may experience a bit of a frenzied feeling or a general desire to slow down. You may crave time in nature and warm foods, and there are potential built-up disturbances from your summertime lifestyle.

Ayurveda reminds you that like increases like and that opposites facilitate balance: this is why you rarely crave spicy foods on a hot, summer beach day and why warm soup on a cold day is so nourishing. Take a holistic approach to wellness and trust yourself and your body this season. What would taste good? What would nourish you? As bikinis and sunsets give way to pumpkin spice and cozy nights, here are some ideas for finding harmony and inspiration.

1. Establish a Daily Routine to Pacify Vata

Setting the intention to get grounded and find balance this season is key. Whether it’s beginning your day with 10 minutes of journaling or seated meditation, or creating a whole daily ritual, do the activities that allow you to feel balanced—and do them every day! Start with something you already do that helps you feel harmonized—morning tea? Cup-o-joe? Mid-day walk with a friend? Then build on from there.

2. Find Fluidity and Grounding in Yoga Asanas

As you practice this season, commit to warm and watery movements and poses that are low to the ground. Pacify vata with pitta- and kapha-type poses. Here are some to try:

  • child's poseChild’s Pose: Get connected to the earth and take a rest.
    • Come to your hands and knees.
    • Bring your big toes to touch.
    • Widen your knees as much as is comfortable.
    • Sit your hips back toward your heels and rest your forehead.
    • Extend your arms forward.
    • Breathe and stretch for 5 to 10 breaths.

       

  • cow posecat poseCat/Cow & Free Flow: Allow your intuition to guide the fluid movements and lubricate your joints.
    • Come to your hands and knees.
    • Align your wrists under your shoulders and your knees under your hips.
    • Spread your fingers out and pad under your knees if you need.
    • Inhale, tilt your tail up, open your chest, and arch your back. Lift through the crown of your head for a long neck.
    • Exhale, tilt your tail down, press down through your hands, and round your back.
    • Continue forward and back as long as you like or free up the movement. Flow with your breath and move your …read more
      Source: Deepak Chopra
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