With the falling of leaves, trees and the rest of nature is preparing to slow for the coming winter. We, as humans, on the other hand are preparing for a multitude of holidays.
I hope during this season, you can acknowledge you are perhaps overly busy and over committed. With that awareness, try then to find ways of slowing down. That might mean adjusting your schedule and giving yourself permission to say 'no', so you can begin tuning in to your body's own natural rhythm.
Yesterday, baking for me was all things pumpkin. With the arrival of fall in the US, we're reminded it's time to add back warm and cooked foods made from all of the incredible seasonal fruits and vegetables available. As we transition to the vata season of cooler temperatures with more wind, Ayurveda, yoga's sister science of medicine encourages reducing our consumption of raw vegetables and cold/frozen foods to help keep us healthy and grounded. Just as nature is making changes, so should we.
Susan Kain is a Registered Yoga teacher, Pilates instructor, and a Certified Personal Trainer with classes for all ages from toddlers to senior citizens.