As we move through the seasons into Autumn it’s a good time to cleanse and then restore the body through yoga, eating habits and lifestyle choices. I want to share a few tips with you, and hopefully you will find them easily accessible and achievable.
Starting in Savasana, scan the body and assess how your body is feeling. Are there any aches and pains? Do you have any tenderness anywhere? Be conscious of your body and aware of any ailments before your practice.
Within your practice, include cleansing twists. Start with Half Lord of the Fishes Pose, starting on the right and moving to the left, cleansing the digestive system.
Move on to Revolved Head to Knee pose to enjoy a deep side stretch.
Following a few rounds of sun salutations (Surya Namaskar), move into Revolved Triangle (Parivrtta Trikonasana).
Enjoy some time in Shoulder Stand, or Legs-Up-The-Wall pose for a calming, cleansing inversion.
After inversions, yogi’s should always follow up with Fish Pose in order to restore balance to the body.
Finish with meditation, allowing yourself as long as you feel necessary to relax and clear your mind. Make sure you are in a warm, comfortable and calm environment.
All twist pose demonstrations can be found here.
Enjoy soups, ratatouille and casseroles; warm, liquid based meals will enable you to flow gently into the new season.
Add hot veg and pulses to salads to move these typically summer meals on with the changing weather; add cooked butternut squash or warm giant cous cous for cosy Autumn goodness.
Snack on whole foods like nuts and seeds, and alkaline fruits like apples, bananas and cantaloupe melon.
Increase your intake of honey, on porridge, in tea, with yoghurt, in salad dressing…
Non-veggies, bone broth is my ULTIMATE restorative light meal. Bone broth is filled with skin boosting collagen, nourishing probiotics and it is rich in minerals to support the immune system. It helps to repair the lining of the gut, and therefore literally heals from the inside out.
Avoid spice in the evening; chilli has been found to keep some awake as it can raise the body temperature.
Drink herbal teas; the best for this time of year is fresh ginger, Mānuka honey and a slice of lemon.
Milk Thistle is a restorative supplement which promotes healing. The active ingredient Silymarin has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities.
Allow the new season in; light candles and take pleasure in creating a cosy atmosphere.
Wake with the sun and around the same time every day in order to shake lethargy.
Encourage inner stillness through daily meditation. Be kind to yourself if you miss a day.
Keep a clean and clear mind through a clean and clear home- free from clutter.
Allow yourself a calm bedtime routine by removing technology from the bedroom and avoid TVs, PCs, tablets and phones an hour before you hit the hay (so much easier said than done – I know).
Take a lavender bath, mix epsom salts with 3-4 drops of lavender essential oil with a few sprigs of fresh lavender for good measure (great recipe here). Soak for 20 minutes and make sure it’s not too hot!
Let me know your Autumn cleanse + restore methods.