Four Easy Ways to Align with Autumn the Ayurveda Way

By Laura Scoville, RYT-200 & Ayurveda Yoga Specialist

Fall brings with it the Air element. The ancient healing system of Ayurveda considers Autumn as the Vata season. It is characterized as dry, rough, erratic, cool, subtle and clear. These qualities also make up the Vata dosha.  Ayurveda believes that wellness resides in the idea that like increases like and that opposites balance. Thus, to stay in balance during the Autumn/Vata season, we must practice the opposite qualities of the Vata dosha. Here are four easy ways to align with the season:

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1.     Embrace Routine to balance out the erratic quality. Try to eat meals at the same time each day and instill a regular sleep schedule. Keep a daily rhythm going!

2.     Self-Massage (Abhyanga) with warm sesame oil to balance out the dry quality. Practice using long strokes moving toward the heart.

3.     Wear Warming Colors to balance out the cool quality. Dress in Autumn colors of reds, oranges and yellows and be sure to wear enough clothing to stay warm throughout the day.

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4.     Eat Cooked, Seasonal and Warm Foods, both energetically and in temperature, to balance the rough quality. In the Summer, we eat a lot of raw salads and cooling foods, but if we continued that practice into the Fall we would become unbalanced. Focus on eating more soups, oatmeal and foods that are naturally sweet, sour and salty. Add warming spices such as ginger, black pepper and cinnamon to foods.

At LPS, we are happy to provide you with special classes and offers to facilitate your seasonal transition and optimize your Autumn experience. 

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For one, we have crafted Ether and Air essential oil rollers to balance the Vata dosha. They are available for purchase at the studio for $18.

Ether: promote happiness, uplift mood, filter out negative energy and restore confidence

Ether ingredients & benefits: 

o   sacred frankincense - spiritual wellbeing

o   tangerine - uplifting

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o   ylang ylang - sweetness

o   frankincense - earthiness

o   sweet almond carrier

Air: heighten relaxation, beneficial in evening

Air ingredients and benefits: 

o   lavender - calm

o   vetiver - grounding

o   sacred frankincense - spiritual wellbeing

o   sweet almond carrier

 

In addition to our carefully formulated rollers, Laura's upcoming classes can facilitate your synchronization with the season. 

Yoga & Ayurveda for Healthy Digestion - 9-10:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 4/ $20 pre-registration/ $25 drop-in / LPS members receive 15 percent discount

Ayurveda Yoga Flow for the Season - 5-6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 12 & Dec. 17/ regular class passes apply/ $12 drop-in

Finally, our Far-Infrared Sauna can add the extra warmth needed with the chilly autumn air.  Read more about the sauna and book your session here. Your body will thank you.

We hope to see you at our downtown sanctuary soon. 

Be the light, share the light. Namaste.

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