Ayurveda reflects the inner-working relationship of harmony in life- all aspects of life. Ayurveda is simplistic & logical to make observations. These observations can reflect your energy levels, mood, appetite, amount of rest necessary & the shift in your focus. As the days get shorter, the nights get longer & we definitely may feel the need to turn inward & get cozy. Here are some guidelines on how to enjoy the shift in season with ease rather than resistance.
Summer was a time of heat, passion & intensity. We used cooling remedies to stay in balance & not burn out. As it cools down, we now rebalance with warmth. A seasonal shift to the colder, darker months commonly leads to feelings of loss, depression (winter blues), stagnation, or heightened fatigue. Prevent these emotions by indulging in the season of change to enjoy what nature has to show us. The colors of nature change for a reason & we are surely drawn to certain ones at this time of year. Orange draws us in with that feeling of warmth through transition: from green to red.
~ Color Therapy ~
Colors to warm our body, mind & spirit: orange, red, gold, deep green, brown, black, magenta & purple. Think autumn colors & literal fire. These colors can be incorporated into our outfits as well as our home decor, accessories, art, candles, tea mugs, blankets & practically anything we view.
~ Teas ~
We all love tea this time of year! What better way to warm ourselves than by using the beauty of dried herbs? Lovely herbs to enjoy as tea during Autumn: Ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, marshmallow, nutmeg, licorice, slippery elm, chamomile & tulsi.
~ Spices ~
Our digestive fire correlates with the sun, being strongest at noon. For these next few months, the sun will be less present & we will need to ignite our own digestive fires. Spices to do so: cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, cardamom, black pepper, turmeric, cumin, coriander, thyme, oregano, asafetida & basil. These are warming herbs and will help you from the cold by stimulating circulation. Have you noticed the common qualities or spices that make perfect sense of why we indulge in Chai this time of year??
~ Foods ~
During summer time, we probably had cravings for hydrating, light foods such as cucumbers, fresh lettuce, tomatoes and fresh juices. As the heat dissipates, we’re left with a need to fill the empty space that has just been created. Foods to support additional warmth and sustainable energy are: yams, oats, grains, legumes, cooked veggies, mushrooms, a multitude of squashes, pumpkin, potatoes & such. But, remember to spice your food accordingly in order to digest these heavier substances!
~ Aromas ~
We truly can use every one of our senses to come into balance. The beauty of Ayurveda teaches us to use what we align with, what intrigues us & what we feel is right for us. Another sensory therapy is to use certain aromas which ground & invigorate us: sandalwood, cedar wood, cinnamon, clove, rosemary & tulsi.
~ Skin Hydration ~
Ever notice how your skin dries out from the cold? Nourish with hydration through Abhyanga: self oil massage. Massage implies that this practice is a treat you do only when you have ample time - yet this is a practice I do daily (or else my skin would be dry & itchy). No matter the season, I always moisturize my skin with organic, natural oils. The shift is in which oil I choose to use. At this time, go with something heavier and warmer such as sesame or almond oil. Bonus points if you warm the oil.
~ Crystals ~
Now, lastly I will leave you with a great reason to begin having a certain crystal to keep you company this season :) We can support ourselves with subtle energy as much as we can physical energy. The air & ether qualities are rising at this time. For support, we can choose to combine energies with something that is supportive, protective, grounding, intuitive, insightful, passionate, loving, dreamy or focusing. Gemstone examples: emerald, jade, ruby, fluorite, rose quartz, tourmaline (green, yellow, red or black) yellow sapphire or smoky quartz.
If you feel that you truly need more rest, please honor it. Don’t push yourself too hard for deadlines or overachievement. Allow moments of serenity with a candle & a book at least once in a while. You definitely deserve it, so enjoy the things you really wish to experience & do this time of year.
We share this guideline in the hopes that you find something you wish to explore further & practice for the next few weeks perhaps. You certainly don’t have to attempt all of these offerings, but have fun with it & see what truly helps you out through this seasonal shift. Thank you for reading :)
With love always,
Tatiana & Erica