Monthly Archives: March 2019

Attune to Autumn

Summer is waning. As the crisp drier days of autumn arrive, we may start to notice imbalances in our systems, this can be triggered by Autumn weather. Most common, is an imbalance in the respiratory system.

To understand this from an Ayurvedic perspective, we look at the elements. Vata is the Ayurvedic dosha made up of air and ether elements. The qualities of Vata are the same qualities as Autumn, cold, dry and light. Think about autumn leaves, light, dry and crackling. In ayurveda ‘like’ increases ‘like’ so if the environment is cooler, dry, windy and brisk, our mind and body will start to feel the same.

Fortunately Ayurveda provides plenty of tools to help us to attune to each season.

Following are some tips for autumn:

Diet

Add more warm nourishing meals to your diet, try some one pot meals.
Spice up your food with herbs that are warm, sweet and nutritive.
Autumn is a good time to use fennel, garlic, cumin, coriander, curry leaves and black pepper in cooking and home remedies.
It is a good time to swap raw desserts and food for warmer meals especially in the evening. See my Spicy Apples and Coconut Cream

Lifestyle

Exercise that generates heat helps to pacify vata (wind and ether elements).
Exercise that is grounding and fluid in nature are beneficial.
When you are busy and rushing vata is easily aggravated even more so when the weather is in transition. This may show up as feeling scattered, spacious or anxious. Routine is great to help counteract this.
Meditation, sleep and rest are all wonderful and helpful to calm the wind and ether elements in the body.
Another lovely practice at this time is a lovely self abhyanga (self […]

3 traits Future Leaders will learn from Yoga…

Great leaders have a high degree of self-awareness and emotional intelligence; they also have a growth mindset. The leaders of the future also need a strong nervous system. All these qualities can be cultivated through the study and practice of yoga.
Yoga Develops Self-Awareness
Yoga is not exercise it is psychology and yoga creates self-awareness.
Approximately 1700 years ago, Patanjali’s yoga Sutra states:
‘The purpose of yoga is to still the patterning of the mind. When the mind settles into stillness then the true self is revealed.’
Yoga teaches how to master our minds and tune into our bodies. We become aware of what’s going on in our minds and how that affects our body. We learn how to observe our thoughts. We use the breath to control our emotions and feelings. This kind of self-awareness helps us evaluate our strengths and opportunities for personal growth and transformation.
Yoga Develops Emotional Intelligence
Yoga teaches us to step away from judgment and connect with the wisdom of the heart. Yogic philosophy teaches that to show more compassion, understanding and forgiveness towards yourself will mean that you can offer the same to others.
Yoga teaches us to be more responsive to others, take for example the namaste at the end of class, which can be translated as ‘the highest in me bows to the highest in you. ‘ This helps us to relate to others and to be aware of how to put others at ease.
Yoga is a practice where we are working on attentiveness, becoming more open, fair and responsive, all qualities of high emotional intelligence.
Yoga Develops a Growth Mindset
Thousands of years ago, yoga taught that we can change our mindset. Today it’s called positive neuroplasticity.
Through asana, breathwork and meditation yoga can […]