HAPPY SEPTEMBER EVERYONE……..
As you know summer continues until the fall equinox the end of this month.
Lets review this first week a few important steps for making a easy transition into fall. Ayurveda principles teach us to gently begin a new season slowly preparing our body for this change.
Currently we are still in PITTA season, which represents fire, so cooling foods and ingesting lighter meals are favored.
In the later part of Fall, we will be in VATA season, whether this is your prominent dosha or not Ayurveda teaches us to adjust our diet with seasonal cycles.
First a one day juice fast, or a three day light cleanse which I will share later on, is a great way to begin. Mindful changes in outer nature and making adjustments in your diet through Ayurvedic principles assist your inner nature to remain in balance.
AVOID – Ice cold water and drinks, salads, raw vegetables, pungent bitter, and
INCLUDE – Warm, well cooked foods, like soups, pastas stews
ADD – Nuts, grass fed cheeses, and use ghee (instead of regular butter)
USE – Mildly warm spices, like cinnamon, cloves, garlic and ginger
A few suggestions to prepare your mind as well as your body would be to decide a time each day that you will unplug from email and social media, this begins to reduce stimulation and gives the mind a rest. If you normally stay on till 9pm, start practicing getting off at 6pm……..
Introduce the idea of shutting of TV, maybe even every evening. Its thats too difficult try a few nights a week. This allows the mind to receive our own thoughts, try stretching or meditation. Reading is a wonderful practice, try a book LOL not on your ipad or kindle as the light is a stimulation.
Taking a walk in nature after dinner is a wonderful way to create balance, and also aids our digestion.
A few weeks before we get to fall equinox, gradually eliminate or reduce caffeinated and alcoholic beverages. Processed foods and sugars, cooking at home gives you great control of what nutrients you are receiving. Foods that are fresh contain “PRANA” which is our life force. Try not to eat foods that have been left over in your refrigerator more than one day, as they also have lost their prana.
Another tip in Ayurveda, we encourage the use of warming foods on the stove, using a microwave isn’t a healthy option, especially if you are using plastic containers, as the chemicals in the plastic will be absorbed into your food.
Each week this September I will be taking on a journey including ,incorporating Ayurveda into your daily life, creating a ritual that will nourish your mind, body and soul. I will be sharing recipes, detoxification drinks, purification for your senses, and yoga stretching along with sun salutations. In addition my free video series will be available this month, & my full online course.
I also would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for being part of my journey, allowing me to continue to follow my passion of teaching inner beauty and practicing my outer beauty with my hands on treatments. I look forward to hearing from you all, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions and comments……..