Teaching your class members Seasonal tips at this time of year can really help them transition from the warm seasons to the cold ones, especially as its been an excellent Summer and a warm Late Summer.
Preparing for the cold and damp needs more care and input than the carefree approach in heat & sunshine. Support is one of the key aspects of Autumn, you are supporting them by giving useful information.
Here are some tips that will help you get the most out of autumn
• Take time for proper breathing: it balances the emotions and the mind
• Go for regular walks (if cold, well wrapped up ) and have plenty of fresh air in your environment both at home and work
• Clear your mind of negative thoughts and think positive, keeping your mind open to new ideas.
• Practice letting go of what you no longer need in life to make room for what sustains you
• Assume total responsibility for how you feel on a daily basis
Food and nutrition:
• Cut down on refined white foods such as white flour products, white sugar and white rice
• Eat less cold dairy products such as ice cream and avoid orange and tomato juices as these can increase mucus production
• Include flora-enhancing foods such as yoghurt and Miso and chlorophyll-rich foods such as leafy greens, spinach and cabbage
• Eat in a calm and relaxed environment: take your time with a breather between courses
• Introduce pungent flavours into your diet such as ginger and horseradish because they stimulate the lungs and intestines
• Clear out clutter. Make a rule: bring one thing into the house and get ride of two things
• Get your finances in order: clear away unfinished projects by bringing things to a natural conclusion
• Get it of your chest: sort out anything that is bothering you or find a friend to talk to
• Burn lots of spicy aromatherapy oils- now is the time when your sense of smell is at it’s peak
• Wear warm clothes. Too many skimpy clothes in the winter encourages your body to put on additional fat to keep itself warm
Quote for the week ..
Whatever’s bothering you… let it go
Blog by: Rogie Yogi
Edited by and taken from Energy in Season by Julie hanson & Sue Woodd
“Always do a posture in such a way that brings peace and always do yoga in such a way that makes you want to do it again.”
We are all rushing around keeping ourselves ‘busy’ doing our lives instead of simple ‘being ‘. We are human beings after all and not human ‘doings’ ! Even us yoga teachers can be guilty of this! We can sometimes see this in our yoga practice where we get into the same habit of just ‘doing’ a yoga session or posture and can easily slip away from simple ‘being’ in the pose or class. Getting back to being fully present in all areas of your life is a fantastic and truly healthy way to live, putting this into practice more in your yoga is a great place to bring this ‘being’ awareness into all areas of your life whether that be work, family or play. Late summer is an ideal time to focus on this as it is all about coming back to centre and digesting information and how you feel. It is a great time to ‘feel ‘ the poses and take time to come back to centre and acknowledge how you are in the pose; you can ask yourself: how does it make you feel? Does it feel good? I’m a happy and can I smile while doing it? I’m I at peace? Do I feel centred and content? Is this making me feel like I could do it again and be happy doing it?
While thinking about these questions in regard to postures and yoga it could be a good idea to expand them to thinking about other areas of your life where you may be too ‘busy’ to allow yourself to simple ‘be’ . Be happy, be content, be yourself, be centred and most importantly be at peace. The more happy and content you are the more you can spread the positive peaceful vibrations with your students!
Om Shanti and hope Late Summer brings you the change to be your true peaceful self.
Here are some tips on what foods are good to eat at this time of year. Eating seasonally can help keep you healthy all throughout the year which is important as a yoga teacher. It is also nice to be able to pass on some extra tips to your students to keep them healthy inside and out.
Late Summer is related to the Earth element, the color yellow and the Spleen and Stomach organ and meridian systems.
During Late Summer, the Early Summer heat is beginning to cool and the earth energy is beginning to prepare for the Autumn. Although fruits are prevalent in this season, excessive eating of fruit can lead to excessive dampness later on. Smaller meals are beneficial just now. It is important to continue to resist the temptation of cold drinks and too much raw foods such as salads. Remember, the stomach likes warm foods and this is Stomach Season! Be especially good to your Stomach/Spleen energy now and reap the rewards later. Yoga exercises can also help with digestion.
SOME FOODS FOR LATE SUMMER
Almond, Apple, Barley, Blueberries Buckwheat, Cabbage, Carrots, Cherry, Chestnuts, Chicken, Chive, Coconut, Cooked onion, Corn, Cow’s milk, Crab, Cucumber, Dates, Duck eggs, Eggplant, Figs, Fruits (sweeter), Garlic, Ginger, Grapes, Hawthorne Berries, Hazelnuts, Honey, Job’s tears (Chinese Barley Coix Seeds), Lamb, Licorice, Lotus root, Mangoes, Melons, Millet, Molasses, Mushrooms (especially button mushrooms), Oats, Oranges, Peanuts, Peaches, Peas, Potato, Pumpkins, Red Chinese Dates (Jujube), Rye, Squashes, Strawberry, Sugar, Sweet potatoes, Water chestnut, Watermelon
Food Tips for Late Summer:
Cut down or cut out sugar or highly refined foods
Avoid late night eating
Drink fresh lemon and ginger tea every morning
Consume only what you need
Keep fluid for only between meals
Do not eat too quickly or on the run
Introduce yellow, golden or round foods which harmonise the system
Late summer is turning damp so avoid stale foods or meals with too many ingredients
Smiling stimulates the meridian line of the stomach – perfect time to give all the reasons why you should do it !
1. Smiling fights stress. If you’re feeling burnt out and tired of the routine, just smile. When you smile, your body releases endorphins (aka “Happy Hormones”), even if it’s a fake smile, this sudden mood change will relieve stress.
2. Smiling makes you look really pretty. Who needs makeup when you have this secret ingredient to instant glam? A research study by Orbit Complete revealed that 69% of people find women who smile more attractive than women who wear a lot of makeup.
3. You’re first facial expression ever: A smile. All newborn babies smile, it’s a reflex action; something you don’t learn. Scientists believe that we’re all born with the ability to smile, since blind newborns can smile without picking that up from their surroundings.
4. Think of it as exercise. 53 muscles are used when you smile. Other smiles can take up to 5 muscles. So start working those muscles more often!
5. According to research, there are 19 different types of smiles expressing different emotions. From polite, social smiles to heart-felt smiles, with this little expression we can express ourselves in 19 different ways.
6. There are people who study laughter and its effect on the body that are known as “gelotologists”.
7. Smiling is medicine. Due to its stress-relieving properties, smiling can help strengthen your immune system and prevent colds.
8. Smile; it’s contagious. Yes, that’s not just a saying but rather a fact. Based on a Swedish study, people had difficulties frowning when observing other people who smiled.
9. Smile your way up the career ladder. Employers tend to promote people who smile more often than people who don’t at the workplace; for smiling shows confidence.
10. Smiling can reduce your blood pressure, so when you’re having a bad day at work just smile it off. Researchers have monitored blood pressures of different subjects after smiling continuously for a minute and noticed a decrease in BP in those whole smiled than those who didn’t.
Welcome to the season of Late Summer. Although this is a season you may never have heard of, it is one of the Taoist seasons and it is an important time of year where we begin to slow down from the high energy of summer before we reach autumn. It is the season that links the hot seasons with the cold seasons. Sometimes the weather is still warm (well kind of if your in Scotland like me!), but it is getting damper and the nights are getting darker earlier. Late summer is the earth element; a time for preparation, to create comfort stability and balance before autumn and winter. You and your clients should spend as much time in nature as possible to really get grounded and to connect with the earth.
The stomach and the spleen are the organs associated with this time of year. It is important to support them by eating fresh healthy food and cutting out sugar as much as possible. Don’t eat too fast, too much, or on the run. Remember to chew well to aid digestion as your stomach doesn’t have teeth! The spleen will crave sugar if you are lacking in energy, but try satisfy your cravings with fruit, or oatcakes with rice syrup. Although the spleen craves sugar, it weakens it. You may also notice it is harder to think after a large meal, as when the stomach and spleen are digesting, the mind cannot. So respect your body and nature by only consuming what you need.
5 things you and your students should avoid in late summer are:
- Overanalysing things, people or situations.
- Leaving things unfinished, including sentences, conversations and projects.
- Overburdening yourself and taking on too much.
- Becoming over dependant on others or having unrealistic expectations.
- Jealousy or low self image. Avoid focussing constantly on what you are not.