I hope that this finds you happy, healthy, peaceful and enjoying the fall season while preparing for the transition into the holidays.
As many of you know, I'm leaving for a three week trip to India this December to attend a yoga conference and then travel around the region. I will be back the first week of January and promise to share as much as I can from all that I learn and absorb from the experience! I will also be offering a post-holiday Detox Ruah Yoga Flow workshop when I return at Reebok Sports Club on January 9th (see details below) - I hope that you will join me there!
So many of you have shared with me that yoga has changed your life for the better! It always brings me such joy to hear those words – as all yogis can relate to that experience. Whatever anyone’s reason is for trying yoga, people often walk away with a sense of positive change. Part of yoga’s purpose is to help us be our best selves in times of change by opening up and strengthening the muscles and joints of the body while simultaneously creating peace and equanimity in our minds.
This season is a busy time for many of us, especially as the fall weather brings with it winds of change in the world around us and our bodies begin to make changes within us. According to ayurveda, the science of the body, the time from October until February is the season of the vatha dosha (the constitution or tendency of our body and mind). When Vatha, the air element that makes up our body, is out of balance we experience excess of being dry, cool, stiff, exhausted, distracted, anxious and restless. As the fall weather continues to change the environment around us with cold air and shorter days, our bodies and minds can become vulnerable to toxic germs and negative thoughts.
One of the best ways to build up your immune system and resist illness in our bodies and minds is to create positive energy from within. When we face a block in our motivation or have the sense of losing our routine, sit down and create a schedule that you can stick to in your daily life. Here are a few reminders that are important to stay healthy this season:
• Schedule in your calendar yoga or exercise either daily or several times a week and commit to those times as a priority for your well-being.
• Wake up every morning 10-20 minutes early and sit up in your bed to meditate or sit quietly listening to the sound of your breath.
• Before you go to bed at night or when you arrive home, sit for 10-20 minutes to meditate or sit quietly and listen to the sound of your breath.
• Do your best to create a schedule for 8-10 hours of sleep a night.
• Eat colorful, in season warm foods and fluids with lots of fruits and veggies.
• Try to have your last meal before 7pm in order to have enough time for digestion during the hours when your metabolism is the strongest.
• Conserve and use your energy wisely - treat yourself to entire days or evenings of rest.
The Bhagavad Gita (the last chapter of the Mahabarata, the ancient Indian epic story) says that yoga is the disassociation of all pain and suffering. Through a regular daily yoga practice, staying healthy and strong becomes an effortless process. It is equally important to practice the physical postures of yoga and to be mindful and deliberate in all of our actions in order to find balance and happiness in our lives and unite with our true self.
May you be blessed with good health, love and happiness this season and each day throughout your life!