Top tips for staying balanced in Autumn

There are two fundamental principles of Ayurveda that are helpful to remember when trying to stay balanced through the seasons. Like increase like and opposites decrease each other. Very simply at this time of year when it’s cold, dry and windy, causing movement, lightness and falling leaves. Counter these by eating warm, moist, heavy, foods, exercise slowly and steadily with a focus on strengthening the muscles, take steam baths and massage with oils and keep warm. According to Ayurveda the element of air and ether are predominant in nature and within our bodies. When there is imbalance we can feel impulsive, erratic, agitated, anxious, fidgety, have trouble sleeping, as well as feeling stiff, paralysed or spaced out.

Here are some tips below to help bring back the balance if you are experiencing any of the above.

  • On rising drink warm water with lemon. (N.B Rinse mouth with water after to protect teeth from enamel erosion from the acidity of lemon)
  • Massage body with warm sesame oil (cold pressed) in morning before bathing and at night massage the soles of the feet and scalp before sleeping.
  • Food: keep it warm and moist, avoid cold and dry. Soups, stews, oatmeal, porridge, mung bean dhal are all good.
  • Avoid caffeine or chocolate in the evening especially. If possible, cut out altogether
  • Substitute caffeine with herbal teas. Try a mix of cumin, coriander and fennel.
  • Nightcap: warm milk with ginger, cardamom, and nutmeg.
  • Establish a routine to your day, especially a nighttime wind down before bed.
  • Social networking, computer, phone: switch off an hour before bed
  • Yoga: slow, fluid, steady strengthening practice, avoiding abrupt movements or too much jumping.
  • Meditation: for at least 15 minutes per day
  • In Ayurveda it is recommended to pacify Vata, be in bed by 10pm

If you have any other remedies that you are using that I can add to the list I’d love to hear them, please share……..

Resources: Dr Vasant Lad: The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies David Frawley & Sandra Summerfield Kozak Yoga for your  Type.

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2 Responses to Top tips for staying balanced in Autumn

  1. miss leeloo says:

    OMG this is exactly what is happening to me… my move to London then Seattle has thrown my hormones off the charts (I miss my Italian lifestyle)… I’ve put on weight as a result and in the past couple weeks, I’ve been trying to eat in line with kapha but while reading about it, I noticed that I must have a vatta imbalance at the moment! I have sleeping problems and wake-up with heart palpitations and thinking of work! I’ve been thinking of doing meditation, I need to turn the computer off an hour before I sleep and try to go to bed early. I am definitely eating hot food, it’s freezing here! I’ve started making fresh ginger and lemon tea when at home.

    Anyways, I thought I’d share!!!

  2. Thanks for sharing Bea. You could also tune in to Deepak Chopra’s free daily meditation. I posted a link to it on my facebook page. Having someone guide you through makes it so much easier. Meditations will be delivered to your in box every day. Good luck, let me know how it goes 🙂 x

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