October 1, 2015
There are so many different ways to heal, ignite, replenish, and routine your body. One way is the Hindu system of medicine: Ayurveda. Ayurveda suggests a specific morning routine for each season, including Autumn, that is specific to your dosha: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Here is an online quiz that could help get you started:
First: Sleep in!
Follow your body’s natural, internal clock. The mornings are darker in Autumn, as the days fall shorter than those in Summer. Allow your body to rest for about a half hour longer, Ayurveda suggests waking between 6:30 and 7:00 a.m., where as in Summer we want to wake around 5:30 and 6:00 a.m. Keep in mind, this is to mimic the natural world externally and internally in order to create a relationship between the modern world and the timeless land in which we inhabit.
Sip on Some Ginger.
Fresh ginger in the morning is Ayurveda’s way of reminding us to strengthen our digestive power. I am a regular warm-lemon water drinker in the morning, which is also a fine way to improve digestion by encouraging the liver to produce bile as well as helps to balance the pH levels in the body. Here is a link with more information on the benefits of warm lemon water in the morning:
Ayurveda encourages sipping on ginger throughout the day, but especially over warm water in the morning. Ginger is in most of Green Heart Juice’s juices, including Harvest Moon, Heart Beet, and the Autumn Seasonal Formula.
Sit Down and Eat.
Ayurveda believes in the spiritual relationship that comes along with food. The idea that food should be eaten only when one is truly hungry is very relevant to Ayurvedic practice. In addition, Ayurveda says that when you do eat, you should sit down and eat without distraction: not in front of your TV, computer screen, or scrolling through your phone. Ayurveda also believes that each meal should incorporate all six tastes.
Move Your Body.
Ayurveda is a Hindu medicine practice that incorporates yogic practice as well. Starting your morning with sweat, stretching your limbs, compressing your organs, and finding grounding through movement is the ultimate way to begin your day. The incorporation of slow movement to awake your body at the same time as the sun makes its way around the earth, will create an ignition that will leave your body feeling empowered and mind feeling calm and productive.
Ayurveda is a very interesting medicinal practice that has thousands of sites, books, and instructors that can guide you to finding what Ayurvedic practice will work best for your Dosha.