Nature is our guide in Ayurveda. We look at the changes in the season, the weather patterns, and the qualities of our environment and rhythms of our lives to see how we can best support ourselves physically and mentally/ emotionally to stay in good health.
Ayurveda believes that growing out of sync with nature causes diseases and imbalances in ourselves.
Our lives and environments are ever-changing and to keep yourself in balance it helps to look at the seasonal changes to know how to adapt.
Read all about the month of September and how to stay in good health!
The end of summer is near! September is the ‘back to school’ month and parents are preparing their kids to get ready. And you yourself have to get back to work or at least work is going to be in full swing again. September is a month of new beginnings for many of us. A new school, maybe a new job, at least new opportunities. This can bring about some stress and anxiety if we forget to prepare well and take good care of ourselves.
"September is a month of new beginnings. This can bring about anxiety and stress if we forget to prepare well and take good care of ourselves."
The summer is coming to an end, fall is just around the corner and we feel this right away. Temperatures are dropping and this results in cooler mornings and evenings. Making sure you adapt your clothing is key to maintaining health. Layers are the way to go! Wear a sweater in the morning and evening to keep warm.
The wind is also picking up and this takes the humidity out of the air and creates dryness. You might start to feel this on your skin and hydration needs to be on point. Drinking more water and sipping on soothing and warming ginger tea can keep your skin from drying out. But it is not just your skin that gets dry. Your joints might start cracking and popping and it gets harder to go to the bathroom (constipation). Yes, dryness shows up inside your body as well.
This is a great time of year to start up the practice of self-massage (abhyanga) again. If you are a cold and dry vata type, use sesame oil that is slightly warmed up and massage your whole body first thing in the morning. The oil on your skin keeps you insulated and therefore warm, it keeps water from evaporating through the skin (so better hydration) and it keeps bacteria from entering through your skin. Pitta types that have lots of residual heat from the summer and enough water can use coconut oil (slightly cooling and drying).
The fall is vata season and has the qualities of cold, dry, and mobile. Anxiety can rise in this time. Make sure you keep yourself organized, warm, and hydrated to reduce anxiety. (more tips on vata below)
Fall allergies can start to bother you in September and this is due to toxicity build-up in the colon. These toxins (from undigested food, environmental toxins, etc) are reabsorbed by the blood and can irritate mucus membranes (in the nose) and cause allergies. The best thing you can do is to keep your colon clean by doing an Ayurvedic cleanse and taking good care of your digestion.
"Drinking more water and sipping on soothing ginger tea can keep your skin from drying out."
The Three Doshas in September
Summer is pitta season and in September pitta is slowly cooling off and making room for vata season (fall). Again, vata season is cold, dry, and mobile, so best to keep yourself warm, don’t over plan your month, and take lots of rest, time to recharge and stay balanced.
Vatas are prone to constipation due to the dryness in their colon. You might experience more bloating and gas in September and harder and darker stool. Making sure you stay hydrated is key. Add a pinch of good quality mineral salt to your water and a drop of maple syrup will make water more absorbable.
Also adding more healthy fats to your diet and eating warm and cooked foods over cold and raw salads and fruits. Vatas need good fats to start the insulating process for the winter and keep their blood from depleting.
This is a great time for a vata to start back up their yoga practice. Get on your mat and practice restorative poses, grounding postures, and meditation. Gentle strolls through a nearing forest or an easy bike ride are great to keep vata grounded.