In my life, the seasons are something relatively new. Because from where I am, although we have diverse climate types, we don’t live them as the change of seasons.
My first experience with the season changes was the last part of an autumn that was becoming winter. I remember that the hardest part was to got used to see how late the sun rise and how the days were getting shorter.
As it was a new experience for me, I experienced each new season feeling me fascinated and full of curiosity about what it was bringing. And I found in the transition seasons, a warm hug to the cold winter with spring and the relief of the hot summer with the fresh autumn.
With each season change, I began to feel how my body asked for different things, as it was necessary to adapt physically and mentally to each of them. It was when I discovered and experienced, how the periods of transition are wonderful to self-nurture, reflect and deepen in ourselves.
How can we take the best from this periods?
We need to know that these changes are part of the nature rhythms, and are also signs of change for us. The body begins to notice it, the skin becomes drier and more sensitive, we can feel less energetic and more tired.
As we move into the autumn, we can begin to slow down and take the opportunity to prepare ourselves by nourish our body and mind in new ways.
We can integrate some practices in our routine, diet and life in general, allowing us to live and flow this new period of transition. For example:
According to Ayurvedic tradition, summer is considered to be more pitta- hot, dry and bright. This makes us to desire foods that cool us, like fruits and certain vegetables that are eaten fresh and raw.
As soon as we move into the autumn, which is more Vata: cold and dry, we may need to get rid of some excess summer temperature. We can continue consuming fresh foods like watermelon and cucumber while they are still available, and as we begin to flow with the nature by making some changes to fruits and vegetables of the season, cooking creamy and warm foods like soups or stews with grains and roasted vegetables.
Cooking apples is a good idea to satisfy the sweet cravings and are in season.
The variability of the characteristic energy during the transition season means that we can benefit from establishing a structure in our life, if we feel that it needs it.
It’s time to work on keep calm and create balance, as we tend to be a little agitated while being back in our daily routine after the summer.
The cloudiness and winds of the autumn season can have effects making us feel into unstructured and loose qualities in our daily experience. So it’s better to try to focus our attention on stay connected to the earth and save energy for the winter.
We can achieve this by being present and appreciating what is around us. And an easy way to support ourselves is including in our days practices that give us structure, depending on what works better for us.
For me, standing on the mat and practicing yoga, even for 10 minutes, is a way to stay connected to the earth and my body. I see it as a tool to give structure, generate discipline and create moments with myself that helps to cultivate my balance.
During this moment of change, I adjusted some things in my yoga practice, such as:
As the temperature goes down, add the sun salutations. Which contains the summer fire that fades through poses like Uttkatasana (the chair), and then moving on to parivrtta utkatasana (the twisted chair) to strengthen the immune system and clear away excess energy.
Using balance poses, such as Vrkasana (the Tree), to cultivate our own inner sense of freedom and rootedness during this period of change. And also Natarajasana (the dancer), as a perfect combination of firmness and vital expression.
That’s not all…
Autumn is also great for creative ideas, so taking the time to work on our ideas can be productive when the inspiration comes, for this we can keep a notebook close.
It is time to work on what makes us feel structured. Pay attention to our thoughts and desires, observe them, put them in paper and take action.
Making use of tools such as diaries, timelines, alarms, diaries, dream maps, etc… can be useful, depending on our preferences.
Today, I encourage you to reflect on:
For you, what is structure? How do you imagine it? How can you create it?
And start taking action on what helps you to create it.