This week on the ODD Blog, we're bringing you a little wisdom nugget from yoga health coach and ODD FLOW instructor, Paula Pister. Although the temperatures in LA are slowly creeping back up, it is indeed fall. And as with any major shift, we need to set ourselves up to successfully ride nature's new wave. Paula is helping us do just that with these three helpful steps for transitioning from Summer to Fall according to the principles of ayurveda.
This post is just a little taster of all that Paula has to offer so definitely head over to her website, Mind, Body, Bright, to read this article in full and check out some of the other amazing content that she has to offer.
By making a gradual adjustment of diet and lifestyle from summer to fall and enjoying seasonal routines and self care practices, you can make a healthy transition between seasons and prevent problems that may arise as we get further into fall. Keep in mind that what is happening outside is happening inside of you too. Like increases like, this is why we want to do the opposite to find balance in our body, mind and spirit.
1. CREATE AND STICK TO A DAILY SELF- CARE ROUTINE:
Do the same things at roughly the same times daily - When you wake up, eat, exercise and go to bed. The body loves predictably and routine. Because of the light, airy and drying qualities of this season, it’s important to balance it with grounding, nourishing and more structured practices.
Go to bed early - If we want to optimize our energy levels, our productivity and our attitudes we MUST be well rested. I see this "habit of sleep" as the one we build all our others habits on top of. If we're not getting the sleep we need, we can't fully operate at our greatest potential. If we're tired, depleted and stressed out, we're approaching each day in a state of fight or flight. We're not making the best decisions on a regular basis, we're not showing up in our relationships as awake, tuned in and accessible as we could be and most of all we're at risk of all sorts of dis- ease and health issues. Ideally, we want to be going to bed by 10pm and waking up before 6am. Check out my blog on sleep for more detail.
Wake up early - Enjoy the magical early morning hours. This is the best time to tap into creativity, establish a mediation practice or journal. Use this quiet time to set your daily intentions, activities and connect to the bigger picture.
Rub oil on your body -This season can be very drying in many climates. Oil helps to calm the nervous system, ground energy and awaken the tissues. If you enjoy a little fragrance, vetiver, geranium, and citrus essential oils are great this time of year (either applying directly to the skin or using in a difuser). Using your own hands to heal your own body, tells your body that you’re paying attention and is also very grounding.
Move your body- The best times of day to exercise are in the early morning and evening hours (6–10 a.m. and 6–10 p.m.). Vata is very easily aggravated by fast, mobile activities, so instead think slower activities such as walking, hiking, swimming, biking, yoga, and tai chi. In the evening hours think more restorative and less energizing activities- even light housework, bouncing on a trampoline, going for a walk with friends or family.
2. TRANSITION INTO A FALL EATING:
Think seasonally- This is my favorite season of foods with squashes, roots and late summer season fruits and veggies. The markets are vibrant and overflowing. Shop the outer aisles of your local grocery stores and choose what’s new in this season.
Consume less rawfood- Begin to shift from astringent foods such as raw salads to warmer foods and more cooked foods. Making this shift gradually will be easier on the system. Consider the warming and grounding qualities of root vegetables, soups and stews as you move though this new season.
Best foods for Vata season - Oily, nourishing foods that are high in protein, high in fat, brought to life with warming, stimulating spices, and served hot, will help to keep moisture in and help you stay grounded through the vata season. Favor the sweet, sour, and salty tastes. Breakfasts of cooked grains are perfect at this time of year. Lunches and dinners that include steamed vegetables, hearty grains, soups, and stews are grounding and moisturizing. If you eat meat and eggs, this is one of the best times of year to enjoy them. Dairy products and most nuts and seeds are also beneficial. In general, you’ll want to reduce your consumption of raw vegetables, cold and frozen foods, as well as the bitter, pungent, and astringent tastes.
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