It’s officially autumn. One week ago, the fall equinox, signaled the start of our transition into longer nights and shorter days. As sunlight slips away, it’s never too soon to prepare ourselves mentally and physically.
From an Ayurvedic perspective (yoga’s healing sister science), autumn brings with it an increase in the dosha of Vata (air) and a transition away from summer’s fiery Pitta energy. During this energetic shift, our thoughts tend to be frenetic and putting them into a focused product becomes a challenge.
To combat this super-charged energy, attempt to slow down, re-evaluate your needs, and incorporate more grounding, calming, and balancing practices into your day to day. Taking care of our mental state is the first step in keeping ourselves physically healthy as the weather cools.
Five Practices for a Smooth Transition:
By Amber Carlson, Yoga Instructor and Co-Founder, YOCO Yoga Collective
We live in busy times. The world seems to have so much to offer us and we are constantly faced with new opportunities, new possibilities, new challenges. I find this exhilarating. I want to just say “yes” to all of them. But sometimes it's good and healthy to say “no”:
No, I do not have unlimited time and energy.
No, I cannot do it all.
No, I cannot be everything to everybody.
But none of this should stop us from living beautiful, meaningful lives each and every day. And one way to do that is to simplify. Simplifying is not always easy, and it sometimes forces us to let go of things we are very attached to, but if we want to have space for ourselves, in our lives, we have to actively create it. Here are a few ways to do that:
By Katie Bauer, Nourished Health Center Founding Director
So here is where I’m supposed to exalt at our independence from Great Britain. Or not. At least I should exalt at our day off from work, our opportunity to blow stuff up (aka fireworks) or use this as an opportunity to talk politics, gun laws, equality, aliens or the like. But I’m not going to do that either.
Independence Day is commemorating a time when a piece of paper, a formal declaration of a decision spread through the fiber of a people. Towns rallied around that piece of paper (literally), it was used to justify an end to slavery and later was emulated to create momentum around women’s suffrage and the independence of countless peoples. Pretty cool for a piece of paper that declared a decision, right?
Isn’t it amazing what can change in our lives and the world when we fully make a decision? When we write that decision down and tell others about it, it makes it more real and creates something for us to be held accountable to and for us to rally around.
By Katie Bauer
"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Drum roll please… According to a study conducted by the University of Scranton and published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology this month, the Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for 2014 are:
1. Lose weight
2. Get organized
3. Spend less, save more
4. Enjoy life to the fullest
5. Stay fit and healthy
6. Learn something exciting
7. Quit smoking
8. Help others in their dreams
9. Fall in love
10. Spend more time with family
How about you? Did you make resolutions this year? Well if you did, according to the same research, you are not alone, as about 45% of North Americans make New Year’s resolutions! Unfortunately, only about 8% keep or achieve them!!!! Yikes, that’s kind-of depressing, huh? Well, if any of the above resolutions resonate with you, please click ‘em for someone that may be able to help you actually achieve success this year (and a great way to get to know about some of our many new practitioners and instructors).
For you 45%ers, read on for tips on how you can actually succeed, regardless of what your New Year’s Resolutions are this year, because repeating the same resolution year-in and year-out begins to feel like Groundhog’s Day after a while, but without the charming enclave of Punxsutawney.
By Heather McNay, owner of Blue Orchid Massage
Here are some tips to help avoid back pain while gardening.
By Eileen Richardson, owner of Cook and Culture
An age-old method of food preservation, fermentation was once prevalent in our culture. In the modern age of processed food, most of what we eat has unfortunately become sterile and pasteurized. The declining state of the health in this country has reflected this trend.
By Jenn Slack
1. Touch- The sense of touch can be very powerful in grounding to the present moment because it is a very physical sensation that can draw your attention to where you are and get you out of your head. I really love using lotion for this exercise...especially here in Colorado where it's so dry. The act of putting on lotion can be very soothing, feels great, and is something that you can fully bring your attention to as your rub the lotion into your hands. You can also use touch in very basic ways, for example, bringing your awareness to your body position in your chair, noticing your toes in your shoes, feeling the texture of something nearby. When you do this, bring all of your attention to that moment, and this will give you a break from whatever thoughts are contributing to increased anxiety. Another suggestion for touch is to keep something with you that you can use at any moment, a coin, a smooth stone, or anything else you can think of, that you touch and focus on when feeling overwhelmed.
By Katie Bauer
Is that saying, “you are what you eat” true? No—it actually isn’t true at all. The truth is that we are what we digest. But to digest foods the body must concentrate blood flow to the digestive organs, to properly absorb nutrients for energy and cellular regeneration.