Ayurvedic tips for Autumn

Ayurvedic tips for Autumn

Days become shorter as Autumn approaches and getting up each morning becomes increasingly difficult… Autumn whispers us to adopt seasonal daily habits and food

According to Ayurveda,  we are made up of energy flowing through energy pathways which connect to exernal environment. For health and harmony we must balance our energy flow.

Ayurveda philosophy views humansas an interplay of the five elements (air, ether or space, water, fire and earth) which combined with the energy flow lead to 3 Doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) which define every person´s way of living.  Without these 3 Doshas (or energy type) the miracle of life would be not possible, because we need movement (Vata), Transmutation (Pitta) and build up (Kapha). Getting to know and appreciate your dosha is key to knowing yourself.

 

The role that doshas play is a dynamic one, constantly changing in response to weather, conditions and stress. During Summer, the heat enters our body, which leads us to accumulate the quality of “dry, rough”.   When Autumn comes, this accumulation explodes internally causing Vata aggravation. Remember that Vata is made up from air and space and is responsible for the movement. Qualities of vata are: dry, light, cold, rough, subtle, mobile, quick and clear.  Signs of Vata imbalance include anxiety, restlessness, dizziness, feeling ungrounded, poor circulation, muscle spasm, asthma, pain, aches, palpitations, chapped lips, dry skin, hair-loss.

The dry and rough quality generates microparticles of dust and when the first rains arrive by the beginning of autum all these microparticles go to the aire we breather. This may lead to respiratory tract infections such as (runny nose, cough, sore throat, headaches, tight chest, wheezing and breathlessness…). The acummulation of the quality “moist” causing an aggravation on Pitta dosha. Remember that Pitta dosha is made up of fire and water and is responsible for all chemical and metabolical transformations in the body. Aggravation of Pitta includes infections and inflammation or swelling.

Vata and Pitta aggravation is responsible for all autumn imbalance.

Beginning to observe your environment from this qualitative perspective empowers you to respond to both daily and seasonal flutuations in your local climate.

Leafes fall off the trees in Autumn, remembering us of our body weakness at this time of the year.

By making diet and lifestyle choices that counter the effets of each season, you can better maintain your internal sense of equilibrium throughout the year.

Ayurveda tips for Autumn

Let go

Let go what is not meant for you. Vata is made up of aire and space, so it helps us say goodbye to things that hurt us or things from the Past. Vata opens new beginnings, but before this you have to close up others.

Connect to yourself

We need to be grounded in who we are to be healthy and strong. Our busy life doesn’t leave enough of “me time”. I encourage you to dedicate 10 minutes to connect to yourself: breathing, pranayama and meditation will help. 10 min a day is required!

Eat foods which have opposite qualities to the season: Eat more hot, oily and nutrient rich foods.

Hot porridge (oats or buckwheat flour)

Vegetables which are sweet, moist and cooked, adding up spices that helps us digest and stops inflammation, such as turmeric, black pepper and ginger.

Pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, gomasio and tahini.

The queen of the fruits is the Grenade! and also forest fruits, the rich source of antioxidants.

Spoil your skin

Oil bathing with warm sesame or almond oil. You can add essential oils which help you calm down such as lavender and bergamot.

Apply everyday oil to your skin and also every week to your hair and scalp.

Get enough sleep

Getting enough sleep helps keep your mind and body healthy. Stop using electronic devices at least 30 minutes before bed and make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark, relaxing and at a comfortable temperature.

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