Yoga for fall, what does that means? We are all living in the microcosm depending on macrocosm, so seasons have an impact on all beings. We can see Nature change as much as we change to its rhythm. It is therefore important to bring the ritucharya in our life to maintain the balance of our doshas.
Rituacharya is the ancient Ayurvedic practice. “Ritu” means season and “charya” means Regimen or discipline.
Ritucharya consists of lifestyle and ayurvedic diet routine to cope with the bodily and mental impacts caused by seasonal changes.
Fall season qualities or gunas
- Subtle and clear.
All these qualities are also Vata qualities. And in Ayurveda, same qualities increases the effect of them, then Autumn increase Vata dosha.
What to do to balance Vata for fall?
Balance the climate effects by appropriate lifestyle choices and diet:
- Bring more stability, warmth, oiliness, deep nourishment, positive realtionships. Most important is to have a sense of stability, routine and groundedness.
- Try to do the things at the same time daily: wake-up, exercise, meals, go to bed…
- Massage yourself to calm your nervous sytem…
Diet should be:
- Nourishing, oily and warmth.
- Avoid fasting,
- Use favor sweet, sour and salty tastes.
- Breakfast of cooked grains (oatmeal, tapioca, cream of rice or wheat…)
- Lunches and dinners : steamed veg, hearty grains, soups and stews are grounding and moisturizing. Organic dairy product and seeds are also beneficial.
- No process or industrial food, only fresh and homemade as much as possible
- Ashwaganda, chyavanprash, ginger tea, cumin, coriander and cumin tea.
Avoid or in moderation:
- Raw food, cold or frozen foods, bitter, pungent and astringent tastes.
Bring Yoga and meditation in your daily routine:
- For 10 to 15 min for starting.
- Practices Vata pacifying yoga, and pranayama like nadi shodhana…
- Slow sun salutation [here a video of complete yoga session with a modify sun salutation at 56:57 min in the video]
- Balancing poses: virabhadrasana 1
- Viparita karani
- Practice pranayama: nadi shodhana for 10 -15 min
- Savasana for 20 minutes
It is better to practice with a qualified and experienced yoga teacher to practice the asana according to your body, to avoid injuries and also to get the full health benefits from them.
For what benefits?
Learning pranayama, yoga philosophy and lifestyle will bring peace in your mind.
You learn how to manage your emotions and control your monkey mind.
You will also cure and bring calm into your body.
Practice smoothly, gently with conscious and you will rejuvenate and help your nervous system.
Moreover, we all have to learn how to invest in your own health and vitality. We all stand to benefit from aligning ourselves with the rhythms of nature all the year.
We can avoid all symptoms and diseases linked to seasons by our diet and lifestyle
These are general tips many can be down, unfortunately it is not in 1 article that you can get all the benefits of yoga and ayurveda.
Do a good start and set your Ayurvedic and yoga routine, it is simple and so beneficial.
I can only advise you to start ayurvedic and yogic practices as soon as possible to maintain your good health over time, to support your immune system and by the same token your homeostasis
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