GRACEFULLY FALL INTO FALL
BY SARAH OLESON
Fall is a time of transition and change. You may not have turned on your heat yet, but we must face it… the nights are getting cooler and the pumpkin spiced lattes are coming at us in full force! While autumn is a beautiful season, it takes time to ground down from our swirling summer of activities and schedules. We must learn, especially in New England, to celebrate change instead of resisting it, as we dive into the new foods, colors, temperatures and energy patterns that come with the fall.
Here are a list of healing full-body balancing techniques I recommend to fully arrive in the new autumn energy:
- Try alternate nostril breathing or Nadi Shodhana– “A yogic breathing practice also known as “alternate nostril breathing,” but that literally means “channel cleansing;” this practice consists of inhaling and exhaling in a particular pattern, through alternate nostrils. Nadi shodhana pranayama is balancing to the left and right hemispheres of the brain, deeply calming to the nervous system, and revitalizing to the mind.” – yoga digest. Learn how to practice alternate nostril breathing here.
- Be kind to your digestive system. As we settle and ground after the chaos of summer, look to warm, hearty foods and herbal teas. Enjoying a mug of warm water, fresh squeezed lemon and ginger root is the perfect way to kickstart your digestive system in the morning, and warm and calm it at night.
- Let the creative juices flow: Take a ceramics class, start a new art project, plate your meals intentionally– whatever you choose, use your hands and allow your creativity to take over. It’s is a great time to journal or write letters to your loved one’s, too!
- Rest: Simple, but not always easy. If you’re finding it difficult to get to bed earlier, try just setting aside time to rest in child’s pose or Balasanathe end of your workout. It will ground you back down to the earth, and allow you to turn inward.
Now you are ready to take on the season with balance and grace. So, go drink that pumpkin spiced latte, get your thick socks and fall boots out, and embrace change 🍂.