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How to Have Your Healthiest Autumn Ever

September 19, 2018 • By

Healthy Autumn | Northern Yogi

 

Autumn is officially here as of Saturday 22nd September, just a few days away, and now is time to start making all the necessary changes we need in order to have the happiest, healthiest autumn yet.

It’s not just the leaves that change during the autumn months, we do too, whether we realise it or not. And that change can be good or bad, depending on how we take care of ourselves. I am very much affected by the colder months and, in honesty, it’s not my favourite time of year. So I too will be taking on the necessary changes to help keep a spring in my step.

The changes we need to make may only be subtle but they can help make a huge difference to our mood, health and overall enjoyment of autumn.

Mindfulness in Nature | Northern Yogi

  1. Get Outside!

People naturally stay wrapped up inside when it’s cold and dark outside but just 30 minutes of fresh air each day can significantly boost you up. Try and make some time each day to get out into nature. Find a golden forest and listen to the leaves crunching under your steps, get down to your local park and walk briskly in the seasonal sunshine, spend as much time in nature as possible. Wrap up warm and get outside to enjoy the magic of autumn.

  1. Boost Your Immunity Before It’s Too Late

Unfortunately becoming unwell at this time of year is common place for most people. Colds and flu are stronger than ever so it’s important to make sure your immunity is up to scratch. Remember, even if you catch a cold during AW a good immune system will make your symptoms less and you’ll fight it off faster. Ensure you are getting lots of nutrients from whole foods, fruits and vegetable and then top that up with daily juices. Basically, overdose on goodness! Make big hearty stews and warming soups (vegan of course!). Make sure you are getting plenty of vitamin C and D, the immunity vitamins! Wash your hands often, use tissues to catch germs and get plenty of sleep.

  1. Drink Tea!

As well as getting lots of goodness from food you can stay warm and healthy by getting creative with your drinks. As the temperature drops stay warm with delicious cups of tea; lemon and ginger is immune boosting, chai is super warming, green tea will give you an energy boost and anything with peppermint will keep your stomach feeling fresh.

  1. Take Up A New Hobby

Ever notice your social calendar is a little sparser in the autumn months? Your friends are less willing to make spontaneous trips and people start to watch their bank balance in the run up to Christmas. But staying active and social in the autumn months makes the dark night so much more fun! You can take up a new hobby at home, learn a new skill via YouTube or sign up to an evening course in your local area. Meet new people and spending time doing new things will make the darker months fly by!

Handstands | Yoga Manchester | Northern Yogi

  1. Stay Active!

I know you’ve heard it all before but staying active during AW is the best way to boost your mood and improve your health. It doesn’t matter how you move, just move! Get on your yoga mat and flow through a sweaty Ashtanga practice, creating heat and burning toxins. Go for a run, getting outside in the fresh air and boosting your fitness is a sure fire way to feel great! Book a winter sports holiday and get practising on the indoor slopes. Whatever it is that makes your feel good whilst moving your body, do it!

Nature slows down during the colder months and that includes your body. Ever notice your hair grows sower in autumn and those stubborn few LBS are harder to shift? Your body naturally slows down and preserves everything from energy to fat! Getting your heart rate pumping for at least 30 minutes every day can really help keep you fighting fit in the colder months. Plus, think about how great you will look and feel once Spring rolls around!

If you make these 5 simple additions to your autumnal routine I can guarantee you’ll have your happiest, healthiest autumn ever!


Wellness & Lifestyle

Ayurveda: How to Live A Healthier Life

July 15, 2018 • By

Tea India | Northern Yogi

 

Today marks day 7 in my 1 week Ayurveda cleanse. I say ‘cleanse’ like this is some kind of fad, when in actuality I was ready to overall my health for good.

 

Pre Ayurveda lifestyle.

I was working hard, both mentally and physically. As a yoga teacher you give quite a lot of energy when teaching and as a business owner I find it difficult to switch off, constantly thinking of new ideas, new techniques and sequences, ways to help my students and reach out further to those that need yoga. My mind rarely stops.

Having taken on some new work lately meant my precious sleeping schedule had to change to an early (very early) morning riser, however I failed to go to sleep any earlier in the evening due to my whirling thought process.

Despite my reduced sleep schedule I was still pushing myself in the gym and on the mat, attending Jivamukti classes and power yoga class, whilst keeping my home practice Ashtanga yoga based. Eventually this way of living left me burnt out, something needed to change.

 Ayurveda | Northern Yogi

Finding Ayurveda

It all began when I found Tea India and Geeta Vara. Geeta is an Ayurveda practitioner and also an ambassador for Tea India, who have recently launched a new range of Ayurveda inspired teas:

  1. Peace & Calm: Fennel, chamomile and peppermint
  2. Harmony & Balance: Tulsi, fennel, cinnamon and ginger
  3. Vitality & Energy: Ginger, cinnamon, tulsi and turmeric

Geeta is also the author of Ayurveda: A Practical Guide to Optimal Health, Healing and Vitality. The three things that I so desperately needed in my life.

Together they have created a questionnaire to help those that want to discover more about Ayurveda, themselves and their personal dosha.

Take the test

Once you have found which dosha you are, I am pitta, you can begin to create a lifestyle that brings you back into alignment with how you should feel, physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally.

Ayurveda isn’t just about food. To be correctly balanced it takes into account:

  • Stress levels
  • Environment
  • Thought process
  • Mental health
  • Seasons
  • Time of day
  • Sleep pattern.

To become aligned you must begin to change that what is not healthy. So if you sleep too little, like I was doing, Ayurveda gives you permission to lie in, sleep more and go to bed earlier. If you work out with high intensity, like I was doing, Ayurveda gives you permission to slow down, be gentler, take more rest days and not push yourself too hard.

Following an Ayurveda practice is all about making sure your mind, body and spirit are healthy and in tune with your natural dosha. In doing so your overall health will be revamps, giving you more energy, a slimmer waistline, a peaceful night’s sleep and a healthy mind.

Vata Dosha | Ayurveda | Northern Yogi

 

Pita Dosha | Ayurveda | Northern Yogi

 

Kapha Dosha | Ayurveda | Northern Yogi

 

The Tea India teas really helped me find my way when I started fine tuning my doshas. I made sure I started each day with the Vitality & Energy, a blend of ginger, cinnamon, tulsi and turmeric. I found it really woke me up in the mornings, it’s very invigorating and allowed me to start my day with a spring in my step. Some days I start teaching at 7am so I’d fill my reusable mug with Vitality & Energy and by the time I got to class I’d be raring to go.

Finding routine has been really important for me lately, as Ayurveda suggests a structured daily pattern is best for my dosha. This is what is working for me lately:

 

6am: Wake up, drink Vitality & Energy

6:15am: Cleanse

6:30am: Mediation

6:45am: YOGA

9am: Breakfast, usually overnight oats, flaxseeds, almonds, cinnamon and almond butter.

1pm: Big lunch, aiming to make lunch my largest meal of the day as this is when pitta is strongest. Meaning my digestion is stronger to process and burn through food.

3pm: Workout time. Either a nourishing yoga flow or a long hike

4pm: Tea India Balance & Harmony tea with date balls or nuts or fruit.

7pm: Dinner time, something lighter than lunch that will allow me to begin my evening routine.

9pm: Mediation (yes, again!) and reading my Ayurveda book and drinking Tea India Peace & Calm

10pm: Lights out. Sleep time!

 

As long as my day is roughly structured like this I’ve found myself with lots more energy. Changing my sleep schedule was a challenge at first but now switching my laptop and phone off before 9pm is normal, allowing me to wind down properly and sleep easier.

This way of living is definitely something I want to continue. To be the best yoga teacher I can be and give my students the kind of teaching they truly deserve I need to ensure I am always feeling fit, happy and healthy.

 

If you want to take the first step towards a healthier lifestyle then I definitely recommend picking up a copy of Geeta’s book (here) and grab yourself the latest range of Tea India Ayurveda range.