As summer heat transitions to crisp, cool, windy autumn days, we naturally adjust our wardrobes and activities. our body responds too, and many people experience dry skin, lips, hair, and nails, or dry, cracking joints. Some may notice more gas and bloating, and some have trouble sleeping.

Flow into fall with Ayurveda

According to Ayurveda (yoga’s sister science and one of the oldest, most continuously-practiced systems of medicine in the world), these autumn health challenges are preventable. Nature provide the antidote to each season and its harvest. Fall is governed by Ayurveda’s vata dosha⁠—an energy composed of space and wind. The garden provides natural remedies for the cool, dry season, overflowing with juicy, dense, and heavy veggies and grains to carry us through the short autumn days.

Pumpkins, sweet potatoes, squash, and wheat are in abundance. This harvest generally needs to be cooked, and can be enjoyed in warm soups, stews, casseroles, and pies, eaten inside by a toasty fire. This change in the harvest is part of nature’s transition from pitta to vata season.

Nature is the key to balance

Nature provides the antidote to each season in its harvest. Foods that support us in one season do not do the same for the next. If it’s cold outside, and we eat cold foods, then the cold quality will increase in the body and cause illness and suffering. Ayurveda teaches that opposites balance. In the cold, dry autumn, Ayurveda encourages us to favor cooked autumn veggies and grains to keep the body warm and juicy. Give it a try this fall, and notice how wonderful you feel!

Explore rejuvenating Ayurvedic self-care practices to deeply nourish body and mind at the Ayurveda Women’s Health Retreat. Join Larissa Hall Carlson at the Art of Living Retreat Center, September 20–22, 2019, and create your healthy flow!

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