The season change has always been a bit difficult for me. My body gets used to the summer heat that the quick change of temperature that occurs with the arrival of autumn can be a shock to the body and mind. Ayurveda helped me to understand the causes of these manifestations and how to handle this transition better.

During the summer, the heat accumulates in the body and we naturally adapted our diet to something lighter and fresher.

Here are some tips for your transition into fall:

• As days become shorter, the effect of the sun becomes less important in favour of the moon. The earth becomes fresher with the effect of rain, clouds and wind. The nature freshness qualities, and wind will aggravate vata especially during the seasonal transition (Vata are generally very sensitive to changes).

• Your diet will need to adapt to the changes of the season and also the dosha that gets aggravated (predominantly Vata this season). Foods that are naturally present in autumn are generally heavier, more nutritious and leaning towards sweet, salty and sour tastes. Food tends to be more anabolic (tissue building and fortification) unlike catabolic foods of summer. It is therefore important to start making the transition of food and encourage more nutritious foods (such as squash), eat more often hot and cooked.

• Drink of hot bevrages (herbal teas) regularly during the day to feed your digestive fire. Use spices like cardamom, nutmeg, coriander, ginger, cloves and cinnamon.

• Regarding your lifestyle, get used to a routine to adapt the nervous system to the changes. Get up (around 6-7am) and go to sleep (9-10pm) at the same hours every day.

• Try to plan your activities at the same time of the day and week in order to avoid erratic lifestyle.

• Avoid over-scheduling and take time to rest.

• Avoid loud music and carefully choose what you expose yourself to (activities, food, environment ...)

• Take the time to make the change of your wardrobe, do the sorting of clothes and start using scarves, long sleevesCover your neck and ears where Vata tends to accumulate (especially with the wind), in short, cover up.

• Fall is not a good time to start new projects, Ayurveda asks us to pause, reflect and strategize

• Self-massage with warm oil will prevent drying of the skin and nourish your nervous system. See September’s Ayurvedic Tip for an auto-massage explanatory video.

Eléonore, trained in the Iyengar yoga tradition, has been teaching yoga since 2008. Later, she completed an advanced 500h training in Kripalu yoga, in the United States. She has been practicing Thai Yoga Massage since 2009 in Montreal and is a teacher at Lotus Palm. Her passion for knowledge of the human body and a better art of living brought her to anchor her education in Ayurveda. She completed her 250h training at the Kripalu Institute and continues her education regularly. She currently teaches workshops to adapt your yoga practice according to Ayurveda.

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