We've all heard of spring cleaning. We need collectively to develop the above as a regular practice of preparation for the transitory period between summer and winter.
There are so many feelings around the move from summer to fall. Some people thrive on the removal of humidity. I personally find relief in the ability to comfortably wear long sleeves, long pants and scarves. I find summer harsh and I feel raw by the time it's done.
Still others in great comfort in the warmth, feeling supported and enlivened by the sun.
Regardless of your opinion on the matter, in this part of the world we transition through many changes in September. Teachers, students and parents are gearing up for school. Some are anticipating the return of pumpkin spice, others waiting for their chance to hang lights the second it's generally acceptable and still others are waiting for the social acceptance of (indeed the very celebration of) darkness and alter egos.
All of this comes with a fair amount of stress. Whether your anticipation is positive or dreadful, it causes strain to anticipate. Couple that with the changes in weather, amount of daylight and increased responsibility and you get some frustrating living situations.
Yoga techniques, including Ayurvedic teachings, can offer us some solace from the stress and frustration. There are specific ways of eating to keep one grounded and comforted in the cooler, darker times of autumn. Ayurveda says whatever you've got the most of, give yourself the opposite in order to promote balance. If it's cold and windy (drying) out eat warm, moist things. Now is the time (and I don't think anyone will argue with this) of soups and stews. Steam your vegetables. Practice agni sara. Stoke your internal fire so your reliance on the external is lessened. Jennifer is an excellent resource on Ayurvedic constitutions and techniques if you have questions.
Perspective is important to keep us doing what we need to do with equanimity. Complaining about the increased darkness can be a popular pass time, but I sleep best in complete dark. Darkness has it's own kind of solace. We can rest more deeply when we're enticed to stay in. We can prepare more completely when we are given time to slow down. Yoga nidra is "yogic sleep" and it is said to be, for the most adept, all that is necessary for rest and rejuvenation. For the rest of us, it is a complimentary practice to help us let go of what's holding us back, rest deeply, and come back rejuvenated and ready.
Nadi sodhana, alternate nostril breathing, is an important energy management techniques, one that can be used daily to create inner space and balance.
The list goes on. We are dedicated to getting this knowledge to you every day. It's your job to decide what your priorities are. It may seem like adding one more thing to an already daunting list, but when you find the technique that woks best for you, that list will no longer be a source of pain and frustration.