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Transitioning to Fall
by Melina Meza, BS Nutrition, E-RYT 500

 

 

 

Editor´s Note from Lexi Yoga: According to Ayurvedic teachings, the start of the fall season is an easy time to catch a cold, especially  if your life is out of balance. Melina Meza shares with us some tips and ideas for a smooth transition into the fall season.


September is often seen as the beginning of the fall season and is considered a “joint season” in Ayurveda, because it is a vulnerable time of year when it’s easy to catch a cold or get sick if your life is moving too fast or is out of balance. Slowing down from a busy, fun summer full of adventure and travels is not always as easy as it sounds, but is often necessary as we start experiencing less daylight, less warmth, and less vacation time! Ayurveda is a system that believes in preventative healthcare over treating patients after they get sick, so here a few ideas how to start a fall routine with prevention in mind.

1. Simplify your diet. Enjoy three warm, square, well-balanced, easy-to-digest meals each day (the composition of which will be different for everyone based on their Ayurvedic constitution). Consider doing a short cleanse or eating Kitcheri one day a week for the next four weeks to clean up your diet. (My favorite Kitcheri recipe is located in my book Art of Sequencing – Volume Two on - page 180.)

2. Abhyanga (oil massage). Offer yourself frequent oil massages before your morning shower or evening bath to help calm and soothe the nervous system from the stress around transitions. If you want to splurge, treat yourself to a few massages this fall with your local Ayurvedic practitioner.

3. Meditate. Consider adding a regular meditation practice (standing or sitting) to your morning, no matter what! Your practice could be as short as five to ten minutes to start, increasing the time after you are successful with five to ten minutes for two weeks or more. The concentration and focus required to meditate can be extremely healthy and beneficial in reducing stress or anxiety around new routines or seasons.

4. Asanas & Pranayama. Create a short or long routine that warms up your muscles and joints, enhances circulation, and decreases inflammation in and around your organs. Exercise and pranayama are both proven to decrease stress and improve digestion. Please see pages 102--118, 128--138,160, and -161 in Art of Sequencing – Volume Two for some ideas on how to sequence for the season. And, strengthen your home practice with Yoga for the Seasons, Fall Vinyasa DVD. Practice five days a week for at least one month to establish your new routine.

5. Balance. Practice moderation in life! Moderation is a valuable key to get you through transitions without getting sick. Keep an eye on how you spend your time and energy at work, in your social life, on the computer, and while spending money. Is this sustainable? If not, practice saying no for the next four weeks to establish stronger boundaries and create space to nourish yourself.

6. Creativity. Do something creative every day! Write a short poem or song, take a picture, draw, or paint, cook something new, start knitting or sewing, or anything to wake up your muse. When your muse is alive and in your life, there will be more energy and joy to bring to work, parenting, teaching, continuing education, and connecting to other inspiring beings.

CRAZY ABOUT GHEE

It’s that time of year when I’d like to encourage you to come back to your kitchen, stay home to eat, and keep warm by the fire of your own stove. Cooking is a wonderful practice to decrease Vata imbalances such as anxiety, stress, insomnia, and restlessness that often accompany the seasonal changes.

One of the first steps towards eating a more “Ayurvedic diet” is to learn how to make your own ghee! Ghee is a delicious base ingredient used like butter or coconut oil to sauté food or as a vehicle to carry herbs into your body. Rather than spell out the recipe on how to make ghee, I’d like to share the Dr. Scott Blossom video on how to make ghee. Once you’ve made your first batch of ghee, I’d like to invite you to try visiting the Ancient Organics website for some fun recipes using your homemade ghee. Ghee makes the world delicious! I hope you enjoy this process as much as I do. Your house will smell amazing!

How to make your ghee: https://www.doctorblossom.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=68&Itemid=26

Ancient Organics (super high-quality ghee if you ever need to buy it at the store) http://www.ancientorganics.com/by-ingredient/ 

 

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About the Author


Melina Meza has been exploring the art and science of yoga and nutrition for over 18 years. She combines her knowledge of Hatha Yoga, Ayurveda, whole foods nutrition, and healthy lifestyle promotion into a unique style called Seasonal Vinyasa. Her devotion to yoga and eating well, to teaching and nutritional counseling, and to traveling and experiencing different cultures combine to create a colorful and enlightening perspective from which to share that which she loves about yoga in its entirety. Meza is the author of the Art of Sequencing books and Yoga for the Seasons – Fall Vinyasa DVD. www.melinameza.com

 

 

 

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