The fall season is here! The season to celebrate the harvest from the year’s cultivation and growth we have experienced - the culmination of our own inner and outer work.
It’s a time now to process. What worked. What didn’t. To grieve. To let go. To Recalibrate. To reset. To harmonize.
On September 22, we experienced the fall equinox, the day of equal sunlight to equal darkness, that transitioned us from summer into the fall season. From the outer expression of summer into a more internal place to prepare us for the winter season ahead. The days are now shorter so that we can have more time to reflect, rest and practice self-care.
We also danced our way out of the astrological sign of Virgo into Libra, an air sign that is all about balance, harmony and cooperation, and governed by the planet Venus, which symbolizes the way we love and experience intimacy in partnerships and relationships, create and reflect beauty, what we attract into our lives, and how we view and work with money. And with the planet Venus going retrograde Oct 5th for 40 days and nights, we are being guided to reflect what is bubbling up for us in each of these areas and notice what is flowing and working and what needs to be re-looked at through the lens of our heart.
This seasonal shift can be challenging for the mind, body and soul. In Ayurvedic medicine, the sister science of Yoga, fall is the season of the Vata Dosha, which governs the air element within us, including movement in the mind and body. It controls blood flow, elimination of waste, and breathing. The other characteristics of Vata are cool and dry.When the outer environment is strong in a certain quality, like wind and dryness, the earth and water elements are needed to come in and keep us in balance.
When Vata is out of balance, we can feel anxious, agitated, up-rooted, constipated or not in our right mind as energy is excessively moving up and out of our heads. To bring Vata back into harmony, here are a few fall nourishment tips to keep you grounded on the earth, moisturized, and bring you back to your true self:
1. Practice standing and balance yoga poses like Mountain Pose (Tadasana) and Tree Pose (Vrkasana) to shift the energy from your upper body to your feet and legs. Imagine you are growing tree roots of your feet and into the earth. How we move and position our body allows energy to flow that direction, so any yoga pose where you are focused on moving energy and breath into the feet/sitting bones/hands and earth will create a grounded and centered experience within.
2. Warmth and comfort harmonize Vata. Cover your ears, head and neck while outside, especially if it is windy. The wind aggravates Vata and can literally cause your mind to spin out of control with ideas and thoughts. Choose your outdoor exercise during parts of the day when it is less windy.
3. Warm and oily foods and beverages will keep your digestive fires strong and your immune system supported from viruses/bacteria. Upon waking, drink a glass of warm water with 1/4 tsp. Turmeric and 1/4 of organic lemon to cleanse liver and lymph system. Use more ghee, sesame oil or coconut oils in your cooking. And put that same oil all over your body to protect the skin. Add warming spices like, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, all spice, turmeric to your hot cereal, soups and root bakes. And by all means, sip on warm lemon water all day, no more ice water or cold beverages this time of year to keep a happy body and mind.
4. Spend time in reflection around how you heart is feeling within a specific relationship. Are you noticing your heart feels open or do you close up when you are around this person? Why? What would support your heart in staying open? Are you honoring your own needs while staying open to the needs of others?
Stay grounded, stay warm and open hearted this month and you will keep in the flow of great abundance and love.