Embracing the Autumn Equinox with Ayurveda this October
Beloved World Yoga contribution
September 22nd welcomed the first day of Autumn and at this time we’ve already been greeted with cooler, dryer air. The temperature dropped bringing about brisk mornings to what was a refreshing light breeze amplified to a windy chill. Before we know it, the colors of leaves begin to change and wind chill will turn to gusts, blowing the leaves off trees leaving them bare.
According to one of our instructors Lindsey Rozmes, AHC, “Fall welcomes the elements of air + space to the stage. According to Ayurveda, it is because of our environment’s shift away from the fiery qualities of summer and into the airiness of fall that you might notice more movement, inspiration, excitement, and lightness!”
Attuned to the lightness of free flowing energy, we move fast, perhaps getting easily swept away. People experience an increase of anxiousness, decreased sleep quality and duration, cracking joints, dryness of skin and hair, poor circulation, and sometimes a change in digestion, resulting in bloating or constipation. As Vata characteristics begin to feel more pronounced all around us, it’s important to find grounding and nourishment.
October happens to be Ayurveda Awareness Month and we’re prepared to equip you with the tools to manage your mind, body, and spirit to slow it down this Vata Season.
Nutrition & Hydration for Body & Mind
Did you know that in addition to the brain, Serotonin, the happy chemical, is predominantly found in the digestive system? To nourish both the body and mind, focus on foods to boost immunity and eating warmer, heavier cooked foods.
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Check out Lindsey’s recipe recommended to combat stress and promote a restful nights sleep.
Take care of your skin because hydration is key. Increase your daily water intake or enjoy a cup of hot tea. Reinforce with a daily moisturizer for your face and body, whether with lotion or with Abhyanga; a self-care oil massage to soothe the mind and comfort the body.
Slow Down for Mind & Spirit:
While easier said than done, try to take it easy and identify when stress increases and try not to get swept away. Mitigate and pacify the physical and mental characteristics of Vata with slower, gentler movements. Maharishi Ayurveda Products note,
“Ayurvedic healers actually advise against vigorous workouts of that kind. They recommend light, non-strenuous exercise like walking or yoga asanas. Done regularly, these activities yield tremendous balancing and healing benefits.”
And we agree! Carve out a little time for your self-care routine this month. Explore our available classes and see what can accommodate your schedule and spirit.
This season, stay warm, stay healthy and be well
Monthly Events & Schedule Updates:
Join Jill this month for Prenatal Yoga! This unique virtual event is a 4-week series that begins Monday, October 12th.
Expect to learn breath work, relaxation techniques, modified asanas and pain management tools to bring awareness to your changing body.
$90 | Mondays 7:30pm – 8:45pm For more detailed information and to register for this event, click here.
We’ve extended all park classes until October 31st!
Continue to pre-register for classes and dressing in warmer layers. Additionally, the following time changes are taking place:
- Monday & Wednesday 6:30-7:30pm (from 7pm) Pershing Field Babe Ruth
- Thursday 6:30-7:30pm (from 7pm) Riverview Park
- Monday 6:45-7:45am
- Wednesday 6:45-7:45am NEW CLASS
- Thursday 7:00-8:00pm (from 6:30pm)
- Friday 8:00-9:30am (from 9:30am)