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Harmonizing with Autumn: Ayurvedic Wisdom & Recipes for Seasonal Well-being

Multi-Colored leaves hanging from a thread, signifying the arrival of autumn
Photo by Chris Lawton

Heading into Maine, I was captivated by the kaleidoscope of autumn leaves, and the air turned crisp โ€“ time to embrace cozy scarves to ward off the chill!

Fall, with its crisp air and falling leaves, heralds the transition from the warmth of summer to the coolness of winter. Ayurveda teaches us the importance of Ritusandhi, the transitional phase between seasons, offering an opportunity for a holistic reset. This practice helps maintain our Dosha balance, ensuring year-round well-being.

Autumn embodies the qualities of Vata, such as dryness, lightness, and coolness. To align with these attributes and restore balance, embrace a Vata-pacifying diet and lifestyle. Prioritize warmth, grounding, and nourishing habits to sail smoothly through the season's changes.

In this blog, you'll not only find Ayurvedic wisdom for autumn but also two delightful printable recipes, kitchari and oatmeal, to nourish your body and spirit during this transitional time. So, let's embark on a journey of well-being, exploring the profound insights of Ayurveda and the delicious flavors of the season. ๐Ÿ‚โœจ

๐Ÿ‚ Daily Routine for Fall:

  • Rise with the sun, beginning your day with a natural dental routine, invigorated by a warm sesame oil swish and a gentle gum massage.

  • Sip warm haritaki tea for digestive health, followed by warm water.

  • Indulge in a sesame oil massage to protect your skin and joints. A drop of oil in your nostrils and ears adds extra benefits.

  • Kickstart your yoga session with alternate nostril breathing and Vata-balancing asanas.

  • Meals are vital anchors โ€“ breakfast at 8 am, lunch around noon, and dinner between 6-7 pm. Wind down with warm milk spiced with cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg before bed.

  • Don't forget organic chyawanprash after breakfast for energy and immunity.

  • An hour post-dinner, consider Triphala for digestion.

  • Evenings are for relaxation, so read, rest, and unwind.

  • Lights out by 9:30 - 10:00 pm for quality sleep.

  • Wardrobe choices matter โ€“ opt for warm, earthy colors and keep your ears covered in the wind.

๐Ÿ‚ Nourish with Warmth: Ayurvedic Wisdom & Recipes:

Kitchari served in a bowl atop a wooden board. Lime and cilantro are on the side as garnish.
  • Fall calls for hearty, rich, and nutritious dishes packed with ample protein and fats, elevated with invigorating, warming spices, and served steaming hot, play a crucial role in preserving your inner moisture levels and providing stability in preparation for the coming winter.

  • Opt for sweet, sour, and salty foods that are soft and mushy with ample ghee or oil. Some breakfast options are cooked grains such as oatmeal, cream of wheat, or tapioca.

  • For lunch and dinner, consider options like kitchari with vegetables and ghee, basmati rice and mung dal, and hearty soups. If meat and eggs are on your menu, this season is excellent for them. Finally, dairy products, nuts, and seeds are ideal for the fall.

And for those looking to dive deeper into the flavors of the season, you're in for a treat! In this section, we've included two delightful printable recipes, one for hearty kitchari and another for comforting oatmeal. These recipes are your keys to nourishing your body and spirit during this transitional time. Keep coming back to the blog for more delectable creations, including cooking videos in the near future. We're here to make your journey to well-being delicious and enjoyable! ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿฒโœจ

๐Ÿ‚On the 'Avoid' List:

  • Steer clear of loud noises or music, cold winds, intense exercise, late nights, prolonged fasting, raw salads and cold drinks.

Ayurveda emphasizes the importance of maintaining harmony with nature, especially during the transition from warm to cold seasons. In the cold seasons, such as autumn, our bodies naturally tend to cool down. These Ayurvedic recommendations help balance your constitution and adapt to the season's changes.

Avoiding loud noises and intense exercise is vital for conserving energy and supporting your body's natural tendency to slow down in the cooler months. Cold winds can disrupt your inner warmth, so it's best to shield yourself to preserve your vital heat. Late nights can interfere with your natural circadian rhythms, leading to imbalances, so it's wise to embrace early, restorative sleep.

Prolonged fasting can weaken your digestive fire (Agni) when you need it most to absorb essential nutrients. Raw salads and cold drinks, while refreshing in hot weather, can dampen your digestive capacity during colder months when warm, nourishing foods are more beneficial.

By following these recommendations, you can align with the rhythm of the seasons and promote your overall well-being.

Photograph of a lush forest with trees whose leaves are changing colors due to the autumn season.
Photo by Ricardo Gomez Angel

๐Ÿ‚ Book Nook:

I'm on a journey with John Strelecky's "The Cafe on the Edge of the World." It's a captivating narrative exploring life's intricate tapestry and the choices that shape our destiny. This profound wisdom resonates deeply with Ayurveda and our quest to harmonize with the universe.

Picture this: John, on an unexpected detour, stumbles upon the mysterious 'Cafe of Questions.' What unfolds is a profound revelation about life's intricate tapestry, the choices that shape our destiny, and the cosmic symphony that guides us! It all starts with the intriguing questions on the menu: Why are you here? Do you fear death? Are you fulfilled? Trust me, this is a journey of self-discovery that you can't afford to miss! I revisit it every few years!

This extraordinary tale deeply resonates with the timeless wisdom of Ayurveda, where we seek to align ourselves with the universe itself!

๐Ÿ‚ Explore our Ayurveda Consultations, AyurYoga sessions, Core Synchronism, and iRest sessions to embark on your transformative voyage. Share your thoughts, queries, or moments in the comments below, and let's craft a masterpiece together! ๐ŸŽจ๐ŸŒŸ

๐ŸŒฟ Ready to align with the wisdom of Ayurveda? Book your session with me today at [Website Link] and embrace well-being this season. ๐Ÿ‚ #AyurvedaWisdom #SeasonalBalance #WellnessJourney


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Nov 03, 2023
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great advice! Will definitely try the recipes!

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Nov 02, 2023
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Excited to try the recipes!!

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Great!!! Have you tried our newest recipe for Soma Milk with Rose Petals! It's in the newest blog post! #somaayurvedrecipes


Nov 01, 2023
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Love this! Thanks for sharing!

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Great!!! Have you tried our newest recipe for Soma Milk with Rose Petals! It's in the newest blog post! #somaayurvedrecipes

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