Sending you the best wishes for the new year. I just want to express my gratitude...there's no easy way. I feel transformed. I felt like it was a groundbreaking year and I want to thank you for a massive part that you played in that.Abbe from Titahi Bay

Awe-inspiring autumn greetings!

There is a yearly rhythm of the earth breathing in and out. As we come to mid-summer the earth starts breathing in again and the cosmic influences draw back into the earth. We see around us the yellowing of the bracken, the flax flowers are drying out and there is now dew on the grass in the mornings. The moisture is not evaporating up but is staying in the ground. Being in nature we can experience the subtle changes occurring in nature over the course of the year. As individuals we can take the signs of mother nature’s change as a signal to also work with our own personal in and out breath in our daily and seasonal rhythm. So let’s take a slow deep in-breath this autumn.

As with all transitions, if you are well-prepared and your body is in balance, the change to the following season will be smoother in nature. Autumn brings the qualities of Vāta (air and space elements) – dry, rough and cool – to our internal and external environment. You may notice dry skin and lips, constipation, gas, bloating, low appetite, hiccups, light sleep, anxiety and scattered mind. These are all symptoms of an increase of Vāta.

To decrease Vāta, Ayurveda recommends the following concepts: routine and rhythm, warmth, rest, serenity, attention to fluids and nourishment.

Improving you inner health is of most importance and eating seasonally is one of the keys to attain energy and radiance. Autumn brings a bounty of healing foods allowing you to glow throughout the cooler months: Kale, a cousin of spinach, is delicious in soups and stews and is a formidable immune booster, rich in nutrients including iron, beta-carotene, calcium, vitamin C and potassium. It is excellent for fighting off colds and allergies and is an anti-inflammatory. Pumpkin, which is rich in beta-carotene and folate, zinc and vitamin C is another great autumn vegetable. Why not make a yummy batch of pumpkin and carrot soup and add autumn healing spices and herbs such as ginger, cinnamon and garlic – perfect for keeping the digestive system healthy, allergies at bay and the skin radiant. Many different nuts come into season in autumn such as hazelnuts, almonds and macademias. They are especially rich in good oils and fatty acids which help to keep you hydrated from the inside. Of course vitamin C is also important for boosting the immune system in the cooler months. Vitamin C is plentiful in most autumn foods including pumpkin, sweet potato (kumara), kale, oranges, feijoas, apples, pears, broccoli, capsicum and tomatoes.

Borrowing the following insights from Rudolf Steiner’s teachings which are totally aligned with the Ayurvedic wisdom. Michael is the archangel of autumn. He is often pictured with his sword of iron, fighting the dragon. The dragon representing our desires. Autumn is hence the time to overcome our desires. Our task is to enter autumn’s dying process with the same enthusiasm as the gregarious outward character of summer. “For something new to grow, we need to allow the old to die.”

So what is it, that you would like to allow to release this autumn? And what qualities would you like to be able to grow? These are all questions that lead to self-reflection and self-inquiry meditation which are an important aspect of personal growth.

I am here to assist you with many different forms of Ayurvedic counselling and treatments to help you with your quest, so you are able to improve your health and wellbeing.

If you are interested in making an appointment or to discuss your individual health concern, please contact me on either anja@avida.co.nz or 021 023 50601.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Anja