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Ayurveda Guide to Autumn

One of the things I love most about Ayurveda is that, each season has its inherent wisdom and offers us tools & teachings if we want to receive them.

According to Ayurveda the season of fall to early winter is ruled by the elements of Air and Ether, which translate into the qualities of dryness, subtlety, movement & spaciousness.

Common autumn imbalances are colds and flu-type illnesses, achy joints, dry skin, constipation, nervousness, and anxiety.

As we become more attuned to the rhythms of nature we will find that we naturally begin to shift our diet and our activities to reflect the changes in season, and these changes allow us to synchronize with the new season so that we can avoid imbalances.

When we are in balance, autumn becomes a time when we are most naturally drawn inwards and the mind becomes clear and we are capable of making decisions from a place of enhanced insight.

It is the time of year when our minds most want to be nourished with knowledge and inspiration so it seems no coincidence that this is the season that we go “back to school.” This can also be a great time of year to undertake a new course of study or attend to creative projects.

The higher levels of physical activity that are so natural during the long days of summer may seem too frenetic now and we naturally feel less of a desire to rush around. In fact, rushing and overfilling our calendar during this season can lead to a mind that feels un-grounded and a body that is tense and tight.

As much as is possible try to avoid doing more than you need to each day and instead used the increased quality of focus that this season brings to become more efficient and organized in your actions so that there is some space for stillness in your day and your movements are not frenzied.  Autumn is the key time during the cycle of the year to create and establish healthy routines and rituals, and it is the time where we will become the most imbalanced if our rhythm is erratic.

Interested in learning more about how to use Ayurveda and Yoga as a tool to stay healthy and nourished through the seasons? Check out the Autumn Ayurveda & Yoga Workshop

I created a little Ayurveda Cheat Sheet you can use to get you through the season. You can download it here >>> Ayurveda Cheat Sheet for Fall



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