We’re the midst of the fertile time of transition to the full blown autumn. Colors are changing, the plants are ripening and drying, we’re shifting gears in our lives from the creative holiday season to the more scheduled life mainly indoors. It is a welcome, beautiful change as we're headed towards the darker and longer nights. Not a coincidence that this is also the time of Navaratri - nine nights dedicated to the aspects of the Mother Goddess or the feminine principle - that begins tomorrow October 9 and ends on October 18.
This is an excellent time for meditation, for turning to clean, pure diet or fasting, meditation practice and uncluttering and beautifying your home to prepare for the fall/winter season.
Here a few tips from me for the transitioning:
1. Focus + Slow Down The summer has kept us busy with countless outdoor activities, meetings with friends, traveling, spontaneous celebrations and late nights out. Now is the time to slow down both in life and in your yoga practice. Your breath should be long and steady, lengthen your exhale and savor the pause after the exhale a bit longer. Add restorative asanas to your practice, (re)-establish a regular meditation practice and add a mantra of your choice to it. This will increase your concentration, feeling of groundedness and connection. Make it a point to focus on one thing at the time, to speak and move mindfully for at least 5 minutes a day. Your energy goes to where your mind is. So choose wisely.
2. Oil oil oil Take a bath oil with warm sesame oil or an ayurvedic abhyanga oil from your head to your toes. This keeps the skin from dying, keeps your joints lubricated and calms the nervous system. You will love its soothing effect.
3. Eat warm, nourishing, simple foods Take time to prepare and cook your own food. Try a week-(end) long of eating kitchari (a simple dish of rice and mung beans) for example. Generally, eat warm foods. Nourishing thick soups are the best. Porridge for breakfast. Drink lots of hot water (boil it first, then let it cool a bit), ginger- and spicy herbal teas. Avoid cold and raw foods.
4. Keep warm Fall is the vata (air element) season. Wear scarves, hats, shawls and keep especially your lower back/abdomen area warm. This prevents the building of excess vata in your body-mind system that causes irritability, nervousness and digestive tract problems.
Happy transitioning + hope to see you on the mat soon again!
With lots of fall love 💘. Gabriela xo