|By Avani Sukhadia
Autumn has Arrived!
|Autumn begins the Vata Season.|
Temperatures become cooler, the air becomes drier, the wind becomes blowing and gusty, the leaves fall, and the days get shorter.
Ayurveda understands that to remain healthy, we must stay in harmony with the cycles of nature.
During Vata season we must make extra effort to include warm, nurturing activities as part of our daily routine.
Below are three very simple ways to start off the day, that will help keep Vata in balance:
Stewed Fruit Breakfast
- Take some time each morning to nurture ourselves with a warm sesame oil “Abhyangha” or self massage. The oils pacify the dry, cool effects of Vata in the body. Remembering to massage the joints in a gentle circular motion is especially helpful for arthritis, which can get easily aggravated in this season.
- Practice a few moments of deep breathing and meditation to quiet the mind before beginning our hectic schedules. Vata exposure makes us more prone to a restless mind. If not cared for, the Vata thought pattern can lead to extra anxieties, stress and even insomnia.
- Mother Nature provides us an abundance of sweet, juicy apples and pears in the Fall. The following recipe is so simple to prepare and has tremendous health benefits, returning warmth and moisture to the dry body tissues. The fiber in cooked fruit relieves constipation, a common Vata concern. The ghee lubricates the dry tissues and the specific spice combination fights winter colds, mucous and lung congestion.
1 sweet, organic apple and or pear (peeled and cut into small pieces)
1 pinch each of cinnamon and nutmeg
½ inch of freshly grated ginger
A handful of dried fruit (raisins, dates, prunes or figs)
Cook all of the above in 1 cup of water until the fruit is soft.
Top off with a teaspoon of Ghee (clarified butter)
Sprinkle with chopped up almonds. (Almonds should be soaked and skins peeled)
Eat warm and enjoy!
Fortifying Immunity with Ayurveda
Ayurveda offers some natural tips to keep our immunity up, as the temperatures drop, and the dreaded cold/flu season begins. The following suggestions will not only assist you to recover from colds, coughs, sore throat, aches, runny nose, chills, fevers, and over all fatigue….but will actually help to prevent them all together!
Prevention is especially important during busy holiday travel season -- when we are more exposed and vulnerable to germs from all over…even serious strains like H1N1 (“swine” flu.)
Chyavanprash Herbal Jam – A renowned immune booster – take 1 heaping teaspoon daily. The main ingredient Amla berry, along with the other ayurvedic herbs in this ancient formula, are full of antioxidants, and one of the richest sources of vitamin C.
|Tulsi (Indian Holy Basil) – Excellent for its anti-flu properties.|
Dr Bhupesh Patel, of The Gujarat Ayurved University, says that "Juice of at least 20-25 medium sized Tulsi leaves should be consumed twice a day on an empty stomach.
This increases the resistance of the body, and thereby reduces the chances of inviting swine flu," Tusli is most effective when prepared from fresh leaves, however organic Tulsi tea packets are easily found in most health food stores.
Ginger/Turmeric Elixir -- A simple homemade elixir consisting of grated ginger and turmeric powder combined with raw honey. For a more powerful formula, add ayurvedic spices such as pippali (Indian long pepper), cinnamon, black pepper, and ground cloves. Take 1-2 teaspoons of the paste daily.
Most importantly, keep the body’s Ojai high by maintaining a healthy diet, getting plenty of rest, and relieving accumulated stress through yoga, meditation, and massage
Avani Sukhadia Biography:
|Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner|
Avani has been studying, practicing, and teaching Ayurveda since 1998.
She has grown up in the beautiful Vedic tradition with a family of healers.
A graduate of New York University, The School of Healing Arts, and the International Vedic Institute’s School of Ayurveda. Avani has practices in Sedona and New York - specializing in Health and Nutrition Consultations, Ayurvedic Spa Therapies, and Pancha Karma Detoxification Programs.
Avani Sukhadia's Contact Information:
For Ayurvedic consultations, spa treatments, and herbs, you can contact Avani Sukhadia of Authentic Ayurveda of Sedona • 928-284-1114 www.Ayurveda-Sedona.com Avani@Ayurveda-Sedona.com