According to Ayurveda, the period from October to February is considered a Vata season. To prepare our bodies for the change in external weather conditions of cold and dry blowing winds, we need to strengthen our immune system with a fall cleanse. Unlike the spring cleanse, meant for the removal of toxins accumulated with a heavier winter diet, the fall cleanse is designed to strengthen digestion and cellular metabolism. By following simple recommendations during the change of seasons from summer to fall, it is possible to start the new season with a clean slate and strong immunity.
Follow a Vata pacifying diet that is light, warm and well spiced. Strengthening the digestion is done through diet, lifestyle and often herbal support. The spices that you may be most familiar with in your kitchen are the same one used for igniting the digestive fire. Fennel and ginger tea is excellent for enhancing digestion. Spices used commonly in fall cleansing include cardamom, fresh ginger, cinnamon, fennel, cumin, and turmeric. Including these spices with your food at each meal will enable you to better absorb all the nutrients of the foods you consume.
Herbal support may be used to strengthen the appetite and digestion and rejuvenate the liver to optimize the body’s metabolic processes. One herbal formula that Vaidyas recommends is Triphala Plus. The addition of Bhumi Amalaki and Yastimadhu assists in the tonification function of the liver and gall bladder. Triphala Plus cleanses and tones the digestive tract, promotes regular elimination and helps the assimilation of nutrients.
During the fall cleanse, it is essential that one exercises daily for 20-40 minutes depending on one’s health history. Yoga Asanai practice is excellent for this, though one may find benefit from a walking regimen or other types of full body, weight-bearing, sweat inducing exercises.
Ayurvedic tradition recommends a routine of morning and nighttime practices collectively known as Dinacharya. These rituals are designed to provide calm, focused and sustainable energy to support meditation, yoga and everything that we do in a day. The practice of tongue scraping as an important part of the daily morning routine. There are many benefits to this daily practice in oral health, overall physical, mental, and spiritual health. Scraping the tongue daily removes any build-up on the tongue, which, if left untreated, can lead to bad breath and may house a significant number of bacteria.
Establish a daily routine of Abhayanga or self-massage. It helps to remove accumulated stress and toxins in the mind and the body, increases circulation to nerve endings and promotes stamina throughout the day. It increases mental alertness, tones muscles and lubricates the joints. Apply warm Nourishing Vata oil lightly to the entire body. Wait for a few minutes, then apply even pressure using the whole palm and massage with circular motions over rounded areas such as head or joints and straight strokes on arms and legs, directed towards the heart to enhance lymphatic flow.
Go to bed early (well before 10:00 p.m.) and rise before 6:00 a.m. Extra rest during this time of seasonal change helps to keep the doshas in balance.
Practice deep breathing, meditate and be grateful for the abundance in our lives. We have a collection of Rudraksh and Tulsi mala to use during your meditation and yoga practice.
Rudraksha beads are regarded as the timeless jewels of the gods and find mention in ancient Hindu texts like Puranas and Upanishads as being the most powerful aid in the path of self-realization. It is believed that the beads have been emanated from the tears of Lord Shiva and have been used by yogis and spiritual seekers for self-empowerment.