How to Transition to Fall with Ayurveda

September 6, 2017

This post was written by Victoria Cyzewski, our wellness contributor.IMG_3001

It’s beginning to feel like Autumn! An aesthetically beautiful time of year that is the beginning of a transition period for both the natural world and our human internal world. The leaves begin to change, the air gets dry, cold winds begin their dance, we trade in our flip flops for boots and our flower crowns for hats, picnics in the park turn into movie nights at home. For some, the change in season can be jarring and uncomfortable. I know for me, the warmer part of the year brings so much freedom to me! And when the season begins to change to Fall, I can feel trapped and isolated. So this year as the leaves and our mental states are transitioning with the cycle of the seasons, how do we achieve a balance of the body, mind, and earth, and make way for beautiful change to take place? Today, we’re going to answer that question with the beautiful practice of Ayurveda.

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What Is Ayurveda? Ayurveda is the ultimate balancing technique between your entire physical and spiritual being and your natural surroundings. Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest holistic medicinal techniques from India. The belief system that Ayurveda is based on, is that everything in the Universe, living or otherwise, is connected. And Ayurvedic techniques are those that attempt to balance all elements of the universe (space, air, earth, fire, water) in your human experience, so you can feel connected, in-tune, harmonious, nourished, and peaceful with your body, mind, spirit, and surroundings no matter the circumstances.

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Why Use Ayurveda? Why do we do anything in this life? Why do we give him our number, go to that yoga class, turn down that invitation, drink a glass of wine? We do it to feel good.  Ayurveda is a practice that targets and engages your physical and emotional well-being, in a personal and comfortable way. Ayurvedic practice is your invitation to listen to your body, tune into your changing mother-planet, nourish your soul and your hungry mind, and balance out the nudging flaws in your day-to-day life that you have full control over!

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What Does Ayurveda Mean To Autumn? We know that Ayurveda splits the entire universe into the five elements of:

Space, Air, Fire, Earth, and Water

And within the human body, they combine to comprise three major energies that control the functionality of your body. We call these three energies, Doshas:

-Vata dosha (space and air)

 

-Pitta dosha (fire and water)

 

-Kapha dosha (water and earth)

Every human contains all three doshas in their individual energetic makeup. However, not everyone has the same balance of each dosha within them. Some might have Kapha is the slightly more dominant energy present within them. In others, it could be Pitta. Each human is different and perfect. Every season possesses a dominant dosha, just as your body does. This is why balancing your body with the seasons creates a greater sense of happiness and harmony in the human experience.

Vata dosha rules in the Fall. The air and winds are dry and cold, and there is an energy of access movement. With this much Vata energy and the potential for it to be out of balance within the body, you could be prone to dry skin, insomnia, anxiety, depression and other physical and emotional disorders. So how do we honor the season and find balance?

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Beginners Guide to an Ayurvedic Autumn:

Food- In Ayurvedic technique, you counter the over-abundance of an element with the opposite element. So as it is cold and dry, now is the time to give in to your cravings for hot soups, root vegetables, slow-cooked meals, spices, and sauteed vegetables! Warm liquids like ginger tea and hot water with lemon will keep you well hydrated and relaxed.

Body- Fire up some of your Pitta energy by taking a power yoga class, or just bumping up your exercise routine. Then balance out your active energies by making sure your body get full and effective recovery with a consistent night’s sleep.

Senses- Hydrate and soothe your body with oil massages in the morning before you hop in the shower, or at night before going to bed. Choose a warming oil like sesame or almond. Self-massages are a beautiful act of self-care towards yourself, and a great way to commit to your well-being when transitions are at play.

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Outfit Ingredients: shirt- c/o Tobi | skirt- Madewell | booties- Steve Madden


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Photography by Centered Images

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