Full Moon, Red Moon, Super Close Moon
End of the Summer
Beginning of School
Season of Change
Returning to You
If you haven’t felt it yet, be prepared. This is a time of big transitions. A time in which you may find yourself feeling restless, untethered, slightly at odds. You may have just experienced some major changes in your life (I sure did) or be about to step into a whole new era of your life. Truly this can be unsettling. But the good news is that you are not alone, and you are most likely moving into such wonderful goodness it will make the all the flux worth it. And there is much you can do to weather these transitions more smoothly.
Here are some suggestions to help you sail the seas of transitions with greater equanimity. These come from the scientific/medical limb of yoga known as Ayurveda. You can choose to adopt some or all of these practices. You can even consult with an ayurvedic doctor near you to help you design a program specifically for your doscha. The most important thing to remember is to take care of and nourish your self, and to honor your body’s need to cleanse, and your spirit/mind’s need to reflect.
Recipe for self-care in times of transition:
Get more sleep – go to bed earlier, but don’t sleep in too late.
Take naps – yes a 20 minute nap can make a huge difference in how you feel.
Take warm baths – they warm you up and give you time for reflection.
Walk at least 20 minutes 3-4 times a week (daily is best) – its good for your heart.
Practice yoga – hold poses longer and add restorative poses to your practice.
Meditate – even just 10 minutes a day will make a huge difference.
Drink less caffeine – when you feel tired, try that 5-10 minute meditation.
Reduce or eliminate alcohol.
Reduce or eliminate sugar, dairy.
Drink more warm fluids or soup.
Add Ghee (clarified butter) to your diet – it lubricates the digestive system and helps to rid the body of toxins.
Avoid spicy foods.
Eat your big meal at mid-day.
Get a massage or two.
Give yourself a massage – rubbing your hands, feet arms and legs with massage oil.
I hope you find this helpful. For more information, refer to Guru-Google and search ayurveda, doscha, fall equinox, etc.
Speaking of changes, by now many of you know I have moved to West Seattle. Its a big change and I am incredibly happy. Don’t worry, I will continue to teach all my classes this Fall at Village Green Yoga and at River Tree Yoga. Unfortunately, I no longer have my home studio, but will be happy to offer private sessions to all of my clients in their homes or at a local studio on the east side. And if you want to practice with a view of the water, I welcome you here in my home.
Warm Wishes for a healthy Autumn.
Shalom & Namaste