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Ayurvedic Regimen For Autumn

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Ritucharya is the Ayurvedic practice of shifting your diet and lifestyle routine with the changing seasons. It prepares us to seasonal changes and balances all the three doshas. Understanding and following the simple principles of ritucharya will keep the body in sync with the seasons. Factors like temperature, humidity, wind, rain and daylight hours all influence the body's natural cycles and vital systems. So it is advised to follow such regimen to help in adapting in the seasonal changes, and maintain your well being throughout the year.

Ayurveda and Autumn

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When the leaves are beginning to turn yellow or red and the morning air is cool and crisp, it's a sign that autumn is on its way. 

Autumn is the most rejuvenating season of the year and perfect time to cleanse the body. Pitta dosha has been increasing all summer long and now it's important to release this heat from our bodies. The best way to detoxify your body is through panchakarma – five ayurvedic purification therapies. It is done in professional ayurvedic clinics and requires supervision by educated ayurvedic physicians.
Autumn is the season that has all of the Vata qualities: dry, light, cold, rough, subtle, mobile, clear and inconsistent.
If you are experiencing frequent insomnia, constipation, joint pain, headaches, irregular menstrual cycle, dry skin, anxiety these could be signs that your Vata dosha is out of balance. If you are generally feel this way in the autumn, it's important to bring your vata back into balance. Make some changes in diet and lifestyle finding the natural balance within. If we are in tune with nature's intelligence and with our own body's needs, then we will naturally crave the foods and daily routine that will keep us in balance during the seasonal changes.

20 Ayurvedic Tips For Autumn

 1. Foods should be nourishing but easily digestible.
 2. The use of raw foods should be avoided as they disturb Vata dosha.
 3. Follow Vata pacifying diet (rooted and grounding vegetables, warm soups, warm and stimulating spices, lentils, stews, ghee, rice, kitchari).
 4. Favor sweet, sour and salty tastes.
 5. Decrease astringent, bitter and pungent tastes.
 6. Drink plenty of warm water or herbal teas during the day. Here is the recipe for ayurvedic detox tea made of coriander, cumin and fennel seeds.
 7. Don't skip breakfast.
 8. The meal should be full, snacks are not recommended.
 9. Vata aggravating foods such as dry, fried, cool, light and raw are contraindicated.
10. Warm food will warm your body and ground your mind.

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11. Before going to bed it is good to drink a cup of warm turmeric milk.
12. Go to bed before 10 am and rise before 6 pm.
13. Avoid daytime sleep.
14. Be mindful of staying warm by bundling up.
15. Wear warm colors such as red, orange and yellow as they are good for calming Vata dosha.
16. Take triphala or ashwagandha powder. Triphala is herbal formulation consisting of three Indian fruits. It balances all three doshas and rejuvenates the body and mind. Ashwagandha is one of the most powerful herbs. It promotes longevity by preventing aging and disease. It pacifies Vata dosha. Read more about Ashwagandha here.
17. Massage your body with warm sesame oil at least twice a week. Begin with massaging the head for a few minutes. Put one or two drops of oil in each ear and in the inner portion of the nose. Massage the rest of the body for at least 5-10 minutes. The purpose of a body massage is to loosen and mobilize accumulated toxins in the deeper tissues of the body so that their removal becomes easy. It is particularly good for controlling Vata dosha that is often aggravated by modern lifestyle, wrong diet and cold or windy climate. Click here to learn how to make your own authentic ayurvedic massage oil.
18. Use grounding essential oils: vetiver, sandalwood, cedar, patchouli, myrrh, cypress, angelica root, cinnamon, petitgrain, rosewood.
19. Hobbies that will calm the Vata dosha: dancing, painting, crafting, knitting, writing, cooking, designing, playing instruments.
20. Enjoy the smell of fallen leaves and the colors of the transitional cycle. 

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"Winter is an etching, 

spring a watercolor, 

summer an oil painting, 

and autumn a mosaic of them all." 

Stanley Horowitz 

Author: Ayurveda Tutorials

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